We have a new video showing production of the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine from Chrysler. The full story inside.
Chrysler has released a video of its just-launched engine plant in Michigan. The Trenton South facility began production of the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine last week.
The new engine will first be used in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, set for release when summer begins. It will further be used in a variety of Chrysler, Dodge, Dodge Ram, and Jeep models. The engine will replace seven different V6 units from the Chrysler brands.
A press release from Chrysler says the affiliation with Fiat helped develop a more advanced engine. "Multiair, direct-injection and turbocharging" will all be featured on the engine, even though the Pentastar program began in May 2007, two years before Fiat stepped in. The fuel efficient engine is claimed to be a cornerstone of a plan by Chrysler to reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent across their vehicles.
Between Trenton South, and an engine facility in Dundee Michigan, Chrysler has spent roughly $1 billion on powertrain development over the last three years. The Trenton facility was recently awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its extensive use of recycled material, reduced water use, and low energy use.
Workers in the 822,000-square foot factory in Trenton will be able to produce over 400,000 engines annually.