Chrysler is preparing to add direct injection and turbocharging to its line of Pentastar V6 engines in order to increase output and enhance fuel economy.
As part of its plan to meet increasingly strict corporate average fuel economy requirements, the first of Chrysler revised engines will be the 3.6-liter V6 in the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to a report by Automotive News. Following that, the new 2016 Chrysler Town & Country minivan will use a 3.2-liter V6 rather than the current 3.6-liter engine.
According to the report, Chrysler might also turbocharge portions of its V6 lineup that are currently naturally aspirated. The next-generation minivan will use a smaller V6 than it does now along with the new nine-speed automatic transmission combination currently in use in some versions of the Cherokee crossover. The combination is expected to lend the vans a 25 percent fuel economy boost over the current 17 MPG city and 25 MPG highway rating.
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[Source: Automotive News]