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.