Jeep is thinking about a range of brand-new powertrain choices for the next-generation Wrangler, from a gas V-6 (love the one it uses today) to a plug-in-hybrid setup and even—finally!—a diesel. Apparently, there’s yet one more opportunity for what’s under the hood of the progress mule seen in this spy photo: a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Fiat Chrysler insiders told Automotive News as much, also going so much as to provide up the engine’s code name, “Hurricane.”
The Jeep fanboys out there could realize the Hurricane name, as it was applied to a Willys four-cylinder engine that powered early Jeep CJ models beginning in the 1950s. Beyond its name association to a classic Jeep engine, however, the brand-new FCA Hurricane four is said to be forever modern. Complying with industry trends toward 0.5-liter-per-cylinder engine displacements, the four-pot Hurricane Will certainly be a 2.0-liter aluminum engine along with twin-scroll turbocharging and direct fuel injection. It is reportedly capable of making up to 300 horsepower.
Apparently, Fiat Chrysler Will certainly look to the turbo four—in conjunction along with the eight-rate automatic it builds under license from ZF—to be the “efficient” Wrangler engine option. (We reached out to Jeep for comment but, as with every one of points brand-new Wrangler, the automaker is maintaining tight-lipped.) It’s a logical step, provided exactly how lots of automakers are functioning to “downsize” their powertrains along with smaller-displacement engines boosted by turbochargers, netting much better EPA fuel-economy estimates devoid of sacrificing power. The most up to date Wrangler is EPA-rated at 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, numbers the firm definitely aims to increase along with the next-generation model.
Even so, we’ve discovered the supposed fuel-economy rewards of stuffing small-displacement turbocharged engines in huge vehicles to be mostly elusive in the genuine world, and we’re a lot more hesitant of the driving experience of a Wrangler so equipped. The Jeep icon has actually come to be fairly hefty over the years because it was last available along with a four-cylinder in 2006, and the company’s own weight claims for today’s Wrangler place the two-door in between 3760 and 4129 pounds; the four-d00r Unlimited inflates that range to in between 4075 and 4340 pounds. The brand-new model isn’t expected to drastically reverse this trend, meaning the brand-new four-cylinder engine had much better make epic torque down reduced to deal along with the four-by-four’s mass. To us, the the majority of sensible Wrangler-engine-to-be remains a diesel, which would certainly have actually the torque to manage the Wrangler’s significant heft and barnlike aerodynamics while simultaneously lending itself to crawling about off-road, the Wrangler’s raison d’être.