Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Possibly Getting Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine
Jeep is possibly adding another brand-new powertrain option to the Jeep Wrangler lineup—and we’re not too sure Jeep purists are going to be happy about it. In an effort to make the next-generation Wrangler more fuel-efficient, Fiat Chrysler has decided to introduce a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine into the rugged off-roader’s lineup.
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This engine, which has the code name “Hurricane,” is a high-output, direct-injected inline-four. It’s also outfitted with variable valve timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger, which means that it could potentially pump out up to 300 horsepower.
While that’s nothing to shake your head at, there are some Jeep enthusiasts who might see introducing a fuel-efficient engine option to the Jeep Wrangler lineup as a cop out to current trends.
Hopefully, these owners will find comfort in the “Hurricane” name, which harkens back to the 1950s-era Jeep CJ models that were outfitted by a Willys four-cylinder of the same name.
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The Italian-American carmaker previously announced that it would invest $75 million into its Trenton Engine Complex to produce a new four-cylinder engine—and that’s the exact engine that will be given as an option on the newest Wrangler model.
Fiat Chrysler plans to pair the turbocharged four-cylinder with the eight-speed automatic that was also recently introduced. With this combination, this option will definitely be considered the powertrain of choice for fuel-conscious Jeep lovers. Right now, the current Wrangler’s six-cylinder engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission to yield only 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
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