pentastar v6.jpgDuring interviews with various sources at the Geneva Motor
    Show, Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne stated that the replacement for the
    Jeep Liberty – a currently unnamed vehicle expected to debut at the 2013
    Detroit Auto Show – will be powered by a new 3.2L Pentastar V6 while also
    coming with a new 9-speed automatic transmission.

    The new 3.2L Pentastar V6 will join the current 3.6L
    Pentastar that is offered in almost every product in the Dodge lineup shy of
    the Dart and the Caliber.  We can expect
    that the new 3.2L V6 will offer more than the 210 horsepower and 235lb-ft of
    torque produced by the current (and very old) 3.7L V6 in the Liberty while also
    offering superior fuel economy to that of the 2012 Liberty.  

    Helping in the effort to offer incredible
    fuel economy will be a new ZF-built 9-speed automatic transmission similar in
    design to the 8-speed unit currently offered in the Dodge Charger V6 models.

    While the new 3.2L Pentastar is currently only slated for
    use in the Jeep Liberty replacement, it would be stunning for Chrysler to
    produce an engine for just one of their brands so perhaps we will see the 3.2L Pentastar,
    the 9-speed ZF transmission or both in a Dodge production in the not-so-distant
    future. The most obvious choices in the Dodge lineup would be the Avenger and
    Journey, which both have rather balmy 4-cylinders as their base engines.  The 3.2L V6 mated to the new 9-speed
    transmission could offer better power and better fuel economy than the current
    2.4L 4-cylinder “World Engine” while also allowing Dodge to boast of a
    4-cylinder-free yet very efficient engine lineup.

    As for the new 9-speed transmission, as automakers like Chrysler add more and more gears to offer both low RPMs on the highway and strong acceleration – it will be interesting to see how high the number of gears will go before consumers begin to complain about it being excessive.