Fiat Chrysler is one of the best-known and most-respected brands in the industry. With a broad variety of successful vehicles in a number of different segments under its belt, it’s easy to see that FCA knows what its doing. Lately, the company has been hard at work on a new engine known as the “Hurricane,” which is a turbocharged four-cylinder capable of cranking out up to 300 horsepower. The latest information says the new engine will be under the hood of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler due for the 2017 model year.
When it comes to developing the new Wrangler, Fiat Chrysler says it has two goals — increase performance and decrease fuel consumption. As a small but incredibly powerful engine, the new Hurricane could easily solve both of those problems in one go. Sources say the new engine will be built at FCA’s Trenton Engine Complex near Detroit, and is said to be a 2.0-liter with an aluminum block design with twin turbo, variable valve timing, and direct injection. That same facility is also producing the current Wrangler’s 285-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6.
Still, even when the Hurricane engine ends up in the new Wrangler, it will likely be as an available powertrain option. Other rumors swirling around the next-generation Jeep Wrangler include a possible hybrid drivetrain, as well as the possibility of a diesel engine being added to Wrangler’s engine lineup. None of them have quite as much of a basis in reality as the new turbo engine — yet.
As the 2017 Wrangler gets closer to its launch date, more information will be available regarding the different models and options.