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Pentastar: 5 Million Engines and Counting

by Bill Cawthon on

Total production of the Pentastar V6 engine family passed the 5 million mark earlier this month, according to the company.

First installed in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Pentastar V6 is now standard or optional in 14 different vehicles, covering all Chrysler brands. Even the Dodge Charger Pursuit car is available with the Pentastar V6, and, according to the Michigan State Police, it can power the full-size Dodge squad to a top speed of 141 miles per hour.


The Pentastar was named one of Ward’s Top Ten Engines from 2011 to 2013.

So far in 2015, 47% of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles sold worldwide have been equipped with the Pentastar. The 3.6-liter is the most popular, accounting for the majority of installations.

There are three different Pentastar V6s: the 3.6, produced at the Trenton Engine Complex (Michigan), Saltillo South Engine Plant (Mexico), and Mack Avenue Engine Plant (Michigan), has the widest range of applications. The 3.2  for the Jeep Cherokee comes from the Trenton and Mack Plants; the 3.0 installed in Jeep Grand Cherokees, Jeep Wranglers, and Chrysler 300s sold in China come from the Trenton plant.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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