If you stop in at Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep in Lakewood Township, NJ, you will see that people really do get very excited about the all new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Cars.com thinks it’s so exciting, they named the all-new Chrysler Pacifica the Best of 2017. Consumers Digest says it the Best Buy Minivan. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave it the Top Safety Pick+ award. And Kelley Blue Book gave it the 2017 Best Buy Award. So, apparently, there is much to get fired up about when it comes to the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
In our blogs we make mention of the award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine without much explanation about why this is such an amazing engine. In the first of our new periodic series, “What’s the Deal,” we will explain the Pentastar V-6 and why it matters.
Pentastar engines were created by Chrysler engineers. The new V-6 Pentastar engine reduced components from 189 to just 32. Camshaft variations dropped from 14 to four. Exhaust manifolds were cast directly into the cylinder head. Intake components are now just two, down from 32. The 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 in 2015 was 94 pounds lighter than the 3.7 liter engine previously in the Grand Cherokee.
For 2016, Chrysler engineers did another top to bottom review to improve the Pentastar’s efficiency even more. “Our direction at the beginning of the program … [was to] go out and further improve upon it,” said Steve Gorgas, chief engineer of Pentastar engine programs, engines and electrified systems engineering. And they did.
And they did it without direct fuel injection. DI on its own doesn’t add much in the way of fuel efficiency but it can add benefits to boost the efficiency of the engine. Gorgas says that using a DI engine over a naturally aspirated engine creates more tradeoffs than benefits. For example, the DI engine tends to be noisier, which means work needs to be done to reduce the noise which can increase the weight of the vehicle.
(stay tuned for Part II of What’s the Deal— Pentastar V-6 Engine)
Pine Belt Chrysler Jeep hopes you enjoyed Part One of our exploration of the benefits to having a #PentastarV-6 engine in your vehicle. Come on into Pine Belt Chrysler Jeep and let our expert sales staff take you for a test drive and by end of tour, our finance team will have you ready to drive a vehicle with the award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine off the lot today. What are you wanting to find in your Christmas stocking? Take a look on our website at www.pinebeltchryslerjeep.com.
Pine Belt Chrysler-Jeep
1400, Ocean Ave, Route-88
Lakewood Township, NJ 08701