For most consumers, engines are like the free bread served at fancy restaurants: nobody pays attention to them, unless they’re really bad. One of these engines is the 3.7-liter V-6 that Chrysler foisted upon us within the Jeep Liberty, base Dodge Rams, and the unloved Dodge Nitro, as well as a host of other lackluster mid-2000s Chrysler and Dodge products. It was a heavy, inefficient, oudated lump, which saw duty during Chrysler’s darkest days of German ownership. But everything not-that-good must come to an end: the Mack II plant in Detroit, originally built to build the engine, is going to go offline and stop producing the V-6 by September.
The iron-block “Powertech” engine produced 215 horsepower at its most potent. To put that in perspective, the engine that’s replacing this boat anchor—the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6—starts at 283 horsepower. How’s that for progress? Chrysler’s wunderkind engine is currently seeing duty in 13 models—everything ranging from the Chrysler 200 to the Volkswagen Routan—and the company has wasted no time building over one million Pentastars.
About 200 employees are expected to be laid off from Mack II, but instead of outright losing their jobs they’ll be redirected to other Chrysler production sites. One place they might end up is next door, at Mack I, where Chrysler builds the 4.7-liter V-8.
Source: Automotive News