Trenton (Mich.) Engine Complex celebrate the production of the 10 millionth Pentastar engine.
Within four years of launch, this flexibility helped FCA replace seven six-cylinder engine families with a single V-6 design that lends responsiveness and fuel efficiency to every vehicle in which it is offered. These two attributes were key targets for the 2015 introduction of an upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar, which boasted cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) for greater efficiency, particularly under high load situations.
Further, the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar delivers a torque boost of up to 14.9 percent at engines speeds below 3,000 rpm—where torque really counts. FCA US also enhanced fuel economy and refinement with the addition of two-step variable valve lift (VVL).
“Pentastar engines do exactly what they were engineered to do,” Lee said. “They deliver satisfying experiences in a wide range of driving conditions.”
In Canada, where most of the country’s climate is classified as subarctic, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is the best-selling engine for six years running.
“The Pentastar started here, and we’ve produced more engines at this facility than anywhere else,” Austin Young, Joint Team Leader Selection Committee–Trenton South Engine Plant, said. “I’m proud of the work my coworkers have done here at Trenton – I’m proud of the people.”
For the 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup, the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar was adapted to accommodate the eTorque mild-hybrid system. It not only adds fuel-saving stop-start functionality that is seamless, it increases available torque, in short bursts, by up to 90 lb.-ft.
“I’m so appreciative of being part of this great accomplishment,” Latoya Bradford, Business Unit Leader–Trenton Engine Plant South, said. “Here’s to 10 million more.”