With an all-new 2017 Jeep Wrangler on the way, Fiat Chrysler had two challenges to overcome: Increase performance, and improve fuel economy. Rumor has it a new turbocharged four cylinder engine could help solve both of those problems, and bring the vaunted 4x4's drivetrain into the 21st century.
that Fiat Chrysler is rumored to be developing a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for the Wrangler. Output is estimated at "nearly 300 horsepower." The engine, code-named "Hurricane," is said to be an aluminum-block design with direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and a twin-scroll turbo.
The anticipated engine would likely be built at FCA's Trenton Engine Complex outside of Detroit. Last month, the automaker announced that the plant would be updated to build a new four-cylinder engine, . The facility currently produces the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that makes 285 horsepower in the current Wrangler.
If the turbocharged Hurricane engine ends up in the 2017 Wrangler, it will likely be an optional drivetrain aimed at improved fuel economy. FCA boss Sergio Marchionne previously hinted that the next-generation Wrangler would offer an optional four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
With previous rumors suggesting that the 2017 Wrangler could offer diesel and hybrid drivetrains, and switch to a lightweight aluminum body, it's clear Jeep is hoping for significant improvements in fuel economy. We're thinking a grunty turbo engine would make the Wrangler satisfyingly zippy on-road, though rock crawling fans would likely prefer a large-displacement, naturally-aspirated engine. Us? We're still holding out hope for a Hellcat-powered Wrangler.