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Minivans to get 3.2 V6?

by David Zatz on

While we expected the 2014 minivans to carry on with minor (or no) changes, it turns out there might be one big difference: the base 2014 Grand Caravans (SE and SXT) may come with the new 3.2 liter V6 engine instead of the normal 3.6. The change would only apply to the entry level Grand Caravan, and will likely increase gas mileage slightly.

The 3.6 should still be available as an option on these vans.

Most minivans will keep their big 3.6 liter engines. The horsepower difference between the two is relatively minor, but the 3.2 also has lower torque; the 3.6 V6 produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.2 produces 271 horsepower (in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee) and 239 lb-ft of torque. The specifications for the 3.2 may change when the engine is used in minivans rather than the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

The 3.2 liter engine uses lower-friction pistons, narrower sleeves, and smaller journals and main bearings, and different rods for lower rolling resistance, which along with the smaller displacement yields higher gas mileage. The heads are different, but the blocks are the same as the 3.6. The new engine is expected to be E85 capable. Both use variable cam timing with twin cam phasing, an integrated exhaust manifold, integrated oil cooler, canister-free filter element, and an impressively lightweight block.  See the engine’s technical information and 3.2 vs 3.6 specifications.

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