Report: Next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have optional 300-HP four-banger

In an effort to boost the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s fuel economy, Fiat Chrysler America will offer a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, Auto News is reporting. (subscription required) The biggest news for Jeep enthusiasts? The turbo four will likely provide about 300 horsepower.

The direct-injected four-banger, code-named “Hurricane” by FCA,  will feature variable valve timing, a twin-scroll turbocharger and an aluminum block. FCA announced last month plans to update its Detroit-area Trenton Engine Complex to the tune of $75 million to produce a new four-cylinder. The site currently produces Jeep’s 3.6-liter Pentastar motor.

Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler CEO, has long suggested the next Wrangler could see a powertrain that teamed a four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. How much increase over the current JK’s 17 miles per gallon city and 22 mpg highway will the new combination bring?

We’ll have to wait and see.

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