The Phoenix V6 was touted to be a world class engine designed for 克莱斯勒’s entire portfolio of brands, including its Jeep 越野车s, 克莱斯勒 sedans and minivans, and Dodge pickup trucks. Some of its planned features included direct-injection and cylinder-deactivation technologies as well as variable valve timing.
A recent report claimed that workers at one of the plants scheduled to build the engine had been told the project was canned. However, 克莱斯勒 vice president Jim 按 has confirmed to 路透社 Phoenix V6还在运行，并且正在测试中。
克莱斯勒 announced development plans for the Phoenix on the cusp of its acquisition by Cerberus Capital Management. With reports of a 与通用汽车或雷诺-日产合并, both of which already build world-class V6 engines, there is now good reason for 克莱斯勒 to suspend its own plans for a new V6. Already having 取消了新的双离合变速器的计划，那么昂贵的Phoenix项目也很可能也将被解散。