Chrysler Corp. said Thursday its Kenosha Engine plant in Kenosha, Wis., will build 4.0-liter "Power-Tech Six" engines for its Jeep "ZJ" sport utility vehicles, which will enter production in Detroit early next year.
Chrysler President Robert A. Lutz, in ceremonies commemorating the 1 millionth Chrysler-built engine at Kenosha, said the 190-horsepower engine will be standard equipment in engine in the ZJ, which will be an updated version of the Jeep Cherokee models made in Toledo, Ohio since 1983.Lutz said employment levels at the Kenosha plant will not increase as a result of the decision. The plant now employs 1,100 hourly and salaried workers.
Chrysler has invested over $40 million in Kenosha Engine since it was purchased as part of its takeover of American Motors Corp. in August 1987. About $7 million is now being spent to modernize the engine test area.
The Jeep ZJs will be built at Chrysler's new Jefferson Avenue complex now nearing completion in east Detroit.