The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 With eTorque Keeps on Winning
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque that’s responsible for powering the Ram 1500 is the gift that keeps on giving. The engine was just named to the list of Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems for the second year in a row. Capable of generating 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, the Pentastar V6 with the mild-hybrid eTorque system is the standard engine on the popular Ram 1500 pickup. Naturally, the Pentastar V6 is paired with an eight-speed automatic TorqueFlite 850RE transmission.
“The Pentastar V6 with eTorque is a great example of giving consumers electrified powertrain technology that seamlessly works with their daily lives. The standard eTorque system delivers better fuel economy without compromising power or capability,” said Micky Bly, Head of Global Propulsion Systems.
The eTorque system is designed to function as a replacement to a traditional alternator with its belt-driven motor generator unit. The unit itself is responsible for several functions on the pickup truck, including operating the stop-start system that helps conserve fuel economy. A 48-volt battery pack powers the motor generator unit itself, making the eTorque system a system that contributes to better fuel economy, value, performance, and drivability. Although there are a total of six modes of operation available, the two most important include quick and seamless stop-start technology and energy recovery thanks to regenerative braking that in turn supports increased towing capacity and higher payload figures.
The eTorque system can even send up to 90 lb-ft of supplemental torque to the engine crankshaft, seamlessly aiding the vehicle during stop-start maneuvers with the most common being stalled at a red light. During this stop-start function, torque travels to the wheels within 400 milliseconds, more than twice as fast as traditional stop-start systems.
“There are lots of drivers who dislike stop-start systems because the engine may turn back on with a shudder, or they might think the engine won’t restart at all. But the Ram 1500’s 48-volt eTorque system is so smooth, quiet and consistently reliable that truck owners will appreciate the technology – and the money they can save at the pump,” said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto managing editor.
The 2020 Ram 1500 model powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque features fuel economy figures such as 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway when equipped with rear-wheel-drive. Four-wheel-drive models are rated at 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The all-new Ram 1500 boasts an 18 percent improvement in city mpg and a 10 percent improvement on the combined mpg figures when compared to the previous-generation model. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque is also an optional engine in the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara four-door model.
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