Old technology has a way of lingering on, particularly at Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills. So while the Pentastar V6 has replaced the older engine architecture in just about every application, it still soldiered on in some export markets. But the introduction of a new 3.0-liter Pentastar V6, produced in Michigan and meant only for the Chinese market, has put the final nail in the old engine's coffin.

Fitted into the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler just introduced to China at the Chengdu Motor Show, the downsized six uses the same architecture as the larger 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. But because of its 2,997cc capacity, it can be exported to China without the increased duty the 3.6-liter or even 3.2-liter Pentastar engines would incur. The 3.0-liter V6 develops 230 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 210 pound-feet at 4,400 rpm.

Admittedly, it's unlikely, but even though the engine was said to be created solely to undercut tax thresholds in China and Europe, the 3.0-liter Pentastar has recently surfaced in rumors of an application here: as the boosted heart of a potential Cherokee SRT with anywhere from 375 to 410 hp.


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      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Old technology has a way of lingering on, particularly at Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills." Really? How about the GM 4.3 liter V6? Talk about ancient!
      ebn.hahn
      • 1 Year Ago
      This article is Meaning-Less!!!. You are Stating the Obvious........... Never heard of an Automaker introducing new Engine or Transmission and NOT evantually phasing the old one.... So what are you saying AB!!??
      spa2nky1
      • 1 Year Ago
      So will the "Jeep is moving all production to China, thanks for the bailout Obama" crowd pick up this story as well?
        RamSport
        • 1 Year Ago
        @spa2nky1
        No...because it doesn't berate the President...this is American product being made in America being sent to China
      foamypirate
      • 1 Year Ago
      So...it makes less HP and less torque than a Honda 3.0L V6 from 2003? About time China got some second rate goods from us, instead of vice versa.
        Carpinions
        • 1 Year Ago
        @foamypirate
        Why does that matter? You could say this about Honda engines as well. Why does the 2.4 in the 2014 Civic SI only make 11 more hp than GM's 2.3 Quad4 HO of the early 90s? Or why does Honda's 3.5 and 3.7 V6s make less power and torque than the 3.6s/3.7s of other companies, especially GM, Ford, and Nissan?
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @foamypirate
        To talk power and torque and neglect fuel economy when describing engine technology especially in 2013 is foolish.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another badly written article on Autoblog. (Is Zach Bowman back?) The 3.6L Pentastar motor is less than 3 years old. Why does the article imply that it is "old technology" hanging on at Chrysler. Or is the article referring to another engine that is "old technology?" It would have been helpful to the reader to make this clear.
        billfrombuckhead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Poor journalism. Might be just a way to keep the Jeep and China controversy back in the news.
      Tad (ScientologyDad)
      Now that makes more sense - the fact that Chinese and EU markets have an import penalty for engines above 3.0L. The 3.0L displacement on the Pentastar didn't make any sense before, with the lack of torque compared to the 3.2 and 3.6, and as such likely no actual fuel economy benefit in the real world.
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't it the optional engine in the Cherokee?? That's being sold here.
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