Chrysler Confirms New V-6 For Jeep Wrangler, More Info on Compact Dodge

Jeep Wrangler seriesToday, Chrysler confirmed several product developments during its third-quarter sales announcement, including more updates to the Jeep Wrangler series and information pertaining to a new Dodge compact car.

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Group, confirmed in his announcement that the 2012 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited will get a new 3.6-liter V-6 powertrain. Internally dubbed the “Pentastar V-6,” the powertrain first debuted on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and is making its way to new Chrysler vehicles like the 2011 Dodge Charger and refreshed products such as the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. While the 2011 Wrangler gets a significantly upgraded interior, it still sticks with the rather anemic 202-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6. Chrysler’s new V-6 has so far offered anywhere between 283 hp (2011 Grand Caravan) to 305 hp (2011 Dodge Challenger) depending on the vehicle.

In the same sales call, Marchionne also talked in-depth about Dodge’s upcoming small car. He confirmed that the model will, in fact, come in sedan form, not a hatchback like the 2011 Dodge Caliber. Hatchbacks tend to be a less popular choice with American car buyers.

Marchionne said the Dodge sedan will specifically be based of Fiat’s new compact platform, which underpins the new Alfa Romeo Giuletta. Marchionne also said the new platform will be the “architecture that will govern all of Chrysler’s C- and D-segment vehicles, both passenger cars and SUVs, for the foreseeable future.” That means Chrysler’s next-generation midsize sedans and crossovers will likely come from the same underpinnings as the new small Dodge sedan. Expect the Dodge sedan to go into production early on in 2012 at the Belvidere, Ill., Assembly Plant, which is currently undergoing $600 million in renovations for the model.

One other nugget from the sales call included Marchionne’s thoughts on the versatile Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, which will also underpin the new 2011 Dodge Durango. Marchionne says he’s looking into utilizing the platform to make an SUV for either the Alfa Romeo or Maserati brands, using more powerful engines than what’s currently offered in the Jeep.

By Colin Bird | November 9, 2010 | Comments (9)

Comments 

Amuro Ray

Maybe a little bit extreme there w.r.t. h/b. I find that Americans do accept h/b if price is right, i.e. sub $15K (to start with*). Evidence of moderate successes are the Versa, Fit, Yaris and Golf/Rabbit. Anythg above that, like the Saturn Astra, fails. The exception here is Audi.

I'll interpret this as "Fiat simply doesn't have anythg to offer at that price range (for the US market)."

*starting MSRP means that with options u can go close to $20K.

65Chrysler300

Why couldn't they get the new v-6 in for 2011? It would be nice if they would add the 5.7 V-8 and a turbo diesel as options.

Skankzilla

They do make a hemi conversion available for the Wrangler, if you want to make that type of investment :)

eagle2x

New engine for Wrangler is way overdue. Now if Wrangler would offer a stripped down, no frills version with a reasonable price point, it would make a lot of real outdoorsmen happy.

George

Will it use the obsolete Mercedes 5 speed automatic?

Paul

I hear that the new FIAT based sedan will still be called Avenger.Oh please no.Anything else,not Avenger.Make it Dart,Aries,Diplomat,Polara,Monaco,anything but horrid Avenger.

We're seeing a lot of customer interest in the Wranglers!
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Shawn

Anyone heard anything on the next Jeep midsize (Liberty) SUV? I know the plan is to use the C- and D-segment platform that was mentioned above.

I'm with you SkankZilla - let's push Chrysler for the Hemi option!!! That would have to be tops for any Jeep Wrangler wouldn't it?!!!

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