When the next-generation Jeep Wrangler debuts, a new turbocharged four-cylinder cranking out around 300 horsepower is likely to be an option.
According to Automotive News, a source inside the company has confirmed the existence of the new direct-injected inline four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger and an aluminum block that makes 300 horsepower.
Codenamed Hurricane, the engine will be built at the Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan, which currently builds the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. FCA has already announced a $75 million investment into the complex to build the new engine.
When the new Wrangler debuts, this turbo four will likely be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and sold as the economic option. Eventually, a diesel and hybrid powertrain are also expected to join the Wrangler’s portfolio, once again in a play to increase fuel economy.
[Source: Automotive News]
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