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A new inline-6 coming to FCA vehicles?

For nearly 10 years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)’s 6-cylinder engine of choice has been a 3.6L Pentastar V6. Though not a revolutionary advance technologically, this engine is relatively recent.

Normally we would expect this engine to have a lot of years left in it still, but according to Allpar website, which reports on all things related to FCA, plans are to retire the Pantastar V6. In its place the automaker will use an inline-6.

The report specifies that the new bloc would be smaller than 3.0L, but offer a minimum of 370 hp thanks to the presence of a turbocharger. The new engine could make its debut under the hood of the revived Jeep Wagoneer, and also power the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee.

It’s then easy to imagine the inline-6 finding its way into models like the Challenger and Charger from Dodge, or even the RAM 1500, all of which are currently powered by a Pentastar V6. The addition of a second turbocharger would enable boosting the unit’s output and expand its use throughout FCA’s product range.

The Jeep Wagoneer is expected at some point in 2020, which means FCA could be officially introducing its new inline-6 during the 2019 calendar year.

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