Chrysler Group announced that it would invest $114 million in new equipment at its Trenton Engine Complex to support increased production of the Pentastar V-6 engine. The investment is estimated to create 268 new jobs.
Chrysler will reopen the Trenton North plant, which closed in May, to produce components for the Pentastar engine, which is built on the same campus at Trenton South in Trenton, Mich.
The Pentastar V-6 engine is one of the cornerstones of the Chrysler Group’s recent resurgence. Vehicles including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200, Chrysler 200 Convertible and Chrysler Town & Country all offer the engine as either standard equipment or as an option. Reviews of the engine have been excellent and it is expected to get better as Chrysler adds more technology. For example, the engine was designed for direct injection, but that technology was not included on the first version.