Pentastar V6 with eTorque Named on WardsAuto 10 Best List
Every year around this time is the chance for automakers to get their dues and a chance for some bragging rights. The closer we get to 2020 the more organizations, publications, and companies seem to be popping up with an award show or “Best of” or what-have-you. A well-known name among the masses is WardsAuto, an organization with over 80 years of history covering news in the automotive industry. Recently, WardsAuto released its ten “best” automobile engines available in the U.S. market, selected by Ward’s AutoWorld magazine. A year ago, the Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque was named on the WardsAuto “10 Best Engines” list. 2019 marks the second consecutive year that the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque makes the list.
We wish we could say the mild-hybrid eTorque system is one-of-a-kind, but since its reveal, automaker competitors are already working on designing their own mild-hybrid systems. However, we like to think the eTorque from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is the flagship for this new mild-hybrid era of automobile engineering and technology. Being a “mild-hybrid” system, eTorque can offer hybrid functions such as auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking, but the real win lies within the boost of torque it delivers.
Take the v6 for example – alone, the Pentastar V6 can generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque at max RPM. With eTorque, the powertrain delivers 90 lb-ft of torque within 400 milliseconds, bringing the total way over 300 lb-ft of torque at max RPM. The eTorque mild-hybrid system was first only available on the Wrangler JL and new Ram 1500, but in the last year, this system has become so popular that rumor has it that the next Dodge Durango will also come with hybrid functionality, most likely with the installation of eTorque.
There are many more reasons why the fuel-saving 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque was named on the list of Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems. A lot of the focus is placed on the V6 eTorque powertrain in the Ram 1500 pickup truck, wherein eTorque replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a belt-driven motor generator powered by a 48-volt battery pack that enables improved fuel efficiency, drivability, performance, and overall value. For the 2020 model year, the Ram 1500 with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque will also be saving consumer money at the pumps, with an EPA rating of 20/25/22 city/highway/combined mpg in rear-wheel drive and 19/24/21 city/highway/combined mpg in four-wheel-drive models. Consumers can also find the V6 with eTorque as an option on the 2020 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara four-door model.
“The Pentastar V-6 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.” – Micky Bly, Head of Global Propulsion Systems.
For the past 26 years, WardsAuto has put together the Wards 10 Best Engines list, renamed Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems for 2020. In that time, nine engines/systems produced by FCA US and its predecessor companies have accounted for 20 of the winners. For the last four years, it’s been some version of the Pentastar V6 and its hybrid functionality that have made the list – the V6 with eTorque on the Ram 1500 2019-2020 and the V6 hybrid engine in the Chrysler Pacifica 2017-2018. With the auto industry moving into a more green direction, two powertrains with hybrid functionality being named on the WardsAuto 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems list for 2020 sets a high standard for other automakers to match.