Fiat Chrysler will debut a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with up to 300 horsepower in the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, Automotive News reports.
The new 2.0-liter engine is codenamed ‘Hurricane’ and is equipped with both direct-injection and variable valve timing. Details of the new engine were reportedly first outlined in a May 2014 investor’s presentation by the head of FCA’s global powertrain division, Bob Lee.
Last month FCA announced a $75 million investment in its Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan, likely for the new 2.0-liter turbo engine. At the time, FCA said the investment was for a new engine that would offer “increased power,” over any of its current four-cylinders “while improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions.”
AN’s source says the new 2.0-liter turbo engine will serve as a fuel-saving option in the next-generation Wrangler. The current Wrangler is only available with Chrysler’s 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, an improved version of which may carry over to the next-gen model. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also expected to arrive in the new Wrangler and will contribute to further fuel economy gains.