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New V6 for the Sebring/Avenger or Mercedes?

by David Zatz on

Horsepower figures have already leaked out for several of the vehicles to be equipped with Pentastar V6 engines. The lowest, 270 horsepower, is associated with the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger, while the highest (a rumored 295-300) is associated with the Dodge Challenger, which has stiff competition from smaller Chevrolet and Ford cars.

New reports claim that a new engine, smaller than the previously planned 3.3 V6 but bigger than the 3.0, will be ready for production by the time the new midsized cars start production in the coming months. Reportedly Trenton Engine has been gearing up for no less than four Pentastar V6 sizes from 3.0 to 3.6 liters, however.

The Sebring and Avenger were, according to the reliable source oh2o (in 2006), to get a 3.3 liter version of the Pentastar (then Phoenix) V6. That explains their lower horsepower (270 vs the Grand Cherokee’s 290).

It is possible that one of these engines will be supplied to Mercedes, which was planning to switch to the Pentastar V6 series created by Chrysler when the companies were still both divisions of Daimler. Using an engine size such as 3.2 liters, which Mercedes has used in the past, just for the German automaker would make it seem as though Mercedes was not simply sharing a Chrysler-engineered-and-built engine. The illusion could be made more complete by having the engines assembled in Germany from parts created in the United States and Mexico.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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