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Direct injection getting closer? (Corrected)

by David Zatz on

An Allpar source noted that the company may be getting direct injection engines out to the public faster than previously anticipated.

Allpar has been predicting the launch of direct injected Pentastar V6 engines in 2016, coinciding with rules mandating low-sulfur gasoline in the United States. The European Union already has such fuel, making it easier for manufacturers to sell reliable direct injection gasoline engines there.

After Allpar posted an article on the Pentastar upgrade last night, we were told that direct injection might arrive late next year, just before calendar-year 2016, when cleaner fuel rules take effect.  Since the buildup of dirt takes a long time, it’s possible Chrysler feels that the benefit of having the engines appear earlier will outweigh the risk of customer problems — or that this was never the issue, and that development and testing simply led them to this timeline.

Either way, the result should be increased fuel economy and/or power, both of which would be welcome to the customers and company alike.

The timing may still change, since product testing is likely to be far more extensive than in the past — and by the time vehicles with the engines are actually built and delivered, it may well be 2016.

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