The last remnants of the old Chrysler LLC are about to be put to rest as the automaker will soon idle production at its Mack II Detroit engine plant. The facility is responsible for producing the 3.7 liter V6 that was once a widely used corporate mill. Currently, the single overhead cam PowerTech is only found in the Jeep Liberty and base Ram Truck. With the Jeep being replaced with an all-new platform and the 3.6 liter Pentastar taking over entry-level duty in the Ram, Chrysler LLC no longer has use for its older V6 and will put it to rest by the end of the year.
According to Automotive News, the Mack II plant will shut down production in September of this year. Born in 2002, the 3.7 liter was used in numerous Chrysler LLC trucks and SUVs and is closely related to the 4.7 liter PowerTech V8 that will continue to live on. At its strongest, the old V6 produced 210 horsepower which is substantially lower than the Pentastar’s output. Despite the 3.7 departing, the men and women responsible for building it will not be going along as Chrysler will relocate about 200 of the plant’s workers.
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