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Direct injection: 2016 or 2017?

by David Zatz on

Pentastar V6 engines

Direct injection is coming to the Pentastar V6 at last, according to sources — but not until 2016 or 2017.

The later date would allow the engines to take advantage of new cleaner-gasoline rules, fought bitterly by refiners but welcomed by automakers. The reduction of sulfur in particular will reportedly be a boon to high-efficiency gasoline engines.

Pre-production plans for the Pentastar series of V6 engines showed direct injection as a feature of several variants, but it has not yet come to pass. Forced induction was also on the plans, but hasn’t been seen yet, except in a Ferrari-Maserati variant which is only loosely based on the series.

General Motors has adopted direct injection enthusiastically; the technology can provide both power and economy.

The Pentastar engine series is, according to rumor, due for a refresh in two or three years, similar to refreshes of Chrysler’s original V6 engines, the Hemi V8, and the 4.7 V8. The gains may not be quite as dramatic, though.

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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