Rumors surfaced recently that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler is to receive an optional 300 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 2018 Wrangler won’t be the only Jeep product to feature the new powerplant, however.
We have received word that both the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are also lined up to receive this anticipated engine before it eventually finds its way into the next-gen Chrysler 300 and its derivatives.
Fiat Chrysler’s new 2.0-liter turbo is rumored to feature both variable valve timing and direct injection. The powerplant is expected to be made at FCA’s Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan, which will soon undergo a $75 million renovation. Our sources tell us the engine will debut in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler before it appears elsewhere in the lineup and in other FCA brands and products.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne recently announced the new 2019 Chrysler 300 will be front-wheel drive based and could be built alongside the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the automaker’s Windsor, ON assembly plant. As we mentioned above, the next-gen 300 is also rumored to receive the new 2.0-liter as will any of its derivatives. It’s not clear if the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine will appear in the 300 as well, though it seems plausible it could serve as a cheaper alternative to the fuel sipping 2.0-liter.
Stay tuned to FC Authority for more information on the inbound 300 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as it becomes available.