The Chrysler Pentastar engine family is a series of aluminium (die-cast cylinder block) dual overhead cam 24-valve V-6 gasoline engines introduced for model-year 2011 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. FCA has invested heavily in plants ($2 billion, not including engineering of the engines themselves). The engine was initially named "Phoenix", but the name was changed before the official launch due to a trademark conflict; the Pentastar name is derived from the now-defunct trademark of the former Chrysler Corporation, which dates back to 1963. The Pentastar was introduced at the 2009 New York Auto Show.[2][3] The engine design also allows the use of E85 or 87 octane fuel, supports cylinder deactivation, and features dual variable valve timing. The Pentastar engine currently does not use EGR [5] however it not only supports the use of the technology but is expected to add it in a near-term engine update known as the "2016 Pentastar".[5] Both Direct Injection as well as forced air induction options were engineered into the Pentastar engine's design, however, like cylinder deactivation, these have not yet been implemented from the factory and remain "on the shelf" at this time.[5]

First generation


CodeDisplacementBoreStrokeYearsPower SAETorque SAE
2,997 cc (182.9 cu in)91.0 mm (3.58 in)76.8 mm (3.02 in)2014–172 kW (234 PS) at 6350 rpm285 N·m (210 lb·ft) at 4400 rpm
S3,239 cc (197.7 cu in)91.0 mm (3.58 in)83.0 mm (3.27 in)2014–271 bhp (202 kW; 275 PS) at 6750 rpm (Cherokee)239 lb·ft (324 N·m) at 4400 rpm
G3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)[5][5]96.0 mm (3.78 in)[5]83.0 mm (3.27 in)[5]2011–283 bhp (211 kW; 287 PS) at 6400 rpm (Avenger, Grand Caravan, Journey, Town & Country, Sebring, Routan)260 lb·ft (353 N·m) at 4800 rpm
290 bhp (216 kW; 294 PS) at 6350 rpm (Grand Cherokee, Durango)260 lb·ft (353 N·m) at 4800 rpm
292 bhp (218 kW; 296 PS) at 6350 rpm (Charger, 300)[8]
305 bhp (227 kW; 309 PS) at 6350 rpm (Challenger)268 lb·ft (363 N·m) at 4800 rpm
2012–285 bhp (213 kW; 289 PS) at 6400 rpm (Wrangler)260 lb·ft (353 N·m) at 4800 rpm
2013–300 bhp (224 kW; 304 PS) at 6350 rpm (Charger Rallye Group, 300S)264 lb·ft (358 N·m) at 4800 rpm
305 bhp (227 kW; 309 PS) at 6400 rpm (RAM 1500)[8]269 lb·ft (365 N·m) at 4175 rpm
2015– 2016295 bhp (220 kW; 299 PS) at 6350 rpm (Chrysler 200)262 lb·ft (355 N·m) at 4250 rpm
2012-280 PS (206 kW) at 6350 rpm (Fiat Freemont)342 N·m (252 lb·ft) at 4350 rpm
283 PS (208 kW) at 6600 rpm (Lancia Voyager)344 N·m (254 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm
286 PS (210 kW) at 6350 rpm (Lancia Thema)340 N·m (251 lb·ft) at 4650 rpm





  • 2011–2014 Chrysler 200[9] (Models: LX, Touring, Limited, S, and C)
  • 2011–present Chrysler 300 (Models: 300 Base, 300 S V6, 300 C w/ V6, 300 C Glacier Series w/ V6, 300 C Luxury Series w/ V6)
  • 2011–2016 Chrysler Town & Country (Models: LX, Touring, Touring "L", Limited, S, Limited Platinum)
  • 2011–2014 Dodge Avenger (Models: SE V6, SXT, R/T)
  • 2011–present Dodge Challenger (Models: SE, SXT, SXT +, SXT Rallye Edition, GT)
  • 2011–present Dodge Charger (Models: SE, SXT, SXT +, SXT Rallye Edition)
  • 2011–present Dodge Durango (Models: Express, SXT, Crew, Crew Lux, Citadel, ACT Plus, Limited, R/T)
  • 2011–present Dodge Grand Caravan (Models: SE American Value Package (AVP) or Canadian Value Package (CVP), SE, Crew, Crew Lux, SXT, R/T, SE Plus, SXT Plus, GT)
  • 2011–present Dodge Journey (Models: SE American Value Package (AVP) or Canadian Value Package (CVP), Mainstreet, Crew, Crew Lux, SXT, R/T Crossroad)
  • 2011–present Jeep Grand Cherokee (Models: Laredo "E", Laredo "X", 70TH Anniversary Edition, Trailhawk, Altitude Edition, Limited, Overland, Overland Summit Edition)
  • 2011–2014 Volkswagen Routan (Models: S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium)
  • 2012–present Fiat Freemont
  • 2012–present Jeep Wrangler (Models: Sport, Unlimited Sport, Sport "S", Unlimited Sport "S", Freedom Edition, Unlimited Freedom Edition, Altitude Edition, Unlimited Altitude Edition, 70TH Anniversary Edition, Unlimited 70TH Anniversary Edition, Sahara, Unlimited Sahara, Moab, Unlimited Moab, Rubicon, Unlimited Rubicon, Rubicon 10TH Anniversary, Unlimited Rubicon 10TH Anniversary)
  • 2012–2015 Lancia Voyager (Models: Limited)
  • 2012–2014 Lancia Thema
  • 2012–2015 Ram Cargo Van (Models: C/V Base, C/V Tradesman)
  • 2013–present Ram 1500 (Models: Tradesman, SLT, HFE)
  • 2014–present Ram ProMaster
  • 2015–2017 Chrysler 200 (295-hp, 262-lb ft)
  • 2017–present Chrysler Pacifica (RU) (287-hp, 262-lb ft) (Hybrid: 260-hp combined, 230-lb ft)

Pentastar upgrade

For 2016, FCA released an updated version of the 3.6 L engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. This engine now featured two-stage variable valve lift (VVL), a cooled EGR, a new intake manifold, new fuel injectors, and new ignition coils. It also features upgrades to the variable valve timing (VVT) system, an increased compression ratio (11.3:1), lower internal friction and lower weight. The new engine also has MDS like the Hemi and will shut off two of its cylinders while driving and make it a v4 while cruising the freeway. These improvements help to increase power as well as efficiency.[2] The new version, however, has lost its flex-fuel capability.

CodeDisplacementBoreStrokeYearsPower SAETorque SAE
3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)96.0 mm (3.78 in)83.0 mm (3.27 in)2016–305 hp (227 kW)268 lb·ft (363 N·m)



The Pentastar engines are made in three different factories: Mack Avenue Engine Complex, Trenton Engine Plant and Saltillo South Engine Plant.[2]

Insiders initially reported that the engine would come in four basic sizes (3.0L, 3.3L, 3.6L, and 4.0L), each offered in various states of tune. The 4.0L has been dropped from the list and a 3.2L added, while Fiat's investor website, as of December 2011, specifies the 3.0L with Fiat's MultiAir technology.[2] The 3.6L engine itself has different horsepower ratings in different vehicles, and has higher horsepower (305 hp) and torque (268 lb-ft) as used in the Dodge Challenger[2]

Twin and single turbocharged variants are planned for 2015. These engines are projected to produce around 420 and 370 horsepower respectively. Direct injection is also planned.[2]

Due to the new ownership structure, Fiat has obtained the right to use these engines, and currently adopt them in the larger models of Lancia and Fiat brands.

See also