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FCA Produces 5 Millionth Pentastar V6 Engine—And Then Some More

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3.6-liter Pentastar V6

A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6

Last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA, formerly Chrysler Group) announced that it had surpassed production of 5 million Pentastar V6 engines sometime in May. (The announcement did not include an exact date, so their tracking purposes are a little suspect, but their estimate is probably close enough.)

The popular Pentastar V6 is offered in three displacements: 3.0-liter, 3.2-liter, and, perhaps the most popular, 3.6-liter. The Pentastar V6 first debuted in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it is now available in 14 different models from the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram lineups. Three different facilities produce these engines: Trenton Engine Complex, Saltillo South Engine Plant, and Mack Avenue Engine Plant.

The engines have become quite important to FCA vehicles. In fact, FCA reports that 47% of its US vehicles sold in 2015 were equipped with a Pentastar V6.

“The success of the Pentastar V6 engine family continues to be a testament to our powertrain engineering prowess,” said Bob Lee, Vice President of Engine, Powertrain, and Electrified Propulsion, and Systems Engineering. “This engine delivers world-class performance in multiple displacements and vehicle applications around the globe. We’re extremely proud of how this engine family has evolved to provide our customers with a wide range of performance capabilities.”