The all new Jeep Wrangler has been hyped on more occasions than we can remember – for good or worse. Fortunately this time around we’re dealing with a positive rumor.
It’s pretty much well known that Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO almost killed the heart and soul of every Toledo inhabitant – which are very proud of their heritage involving the model. After much chagrin and debates, the new generation is going to be constructed there after all – so we can all focus on the actual vehicle. It appears the latest rumor flying around the mill about the rugged off-roader is pretty interesting. With the new generation coming early next year, it is being suggested it will come with a bigger choice of powertrains. Among them should be a new engine, codenamed “Hurricane”, which is a turbocharged, direct-injected, 2.0-liter inline-four that could produce up to 300 hp. The go to anywhere Wrangler would also sport an eight speed automatic transmission to handle all the duties – from low level torque to frugal highway cruising. In addition, the powertrains will also include hybrid and diesel power to make sure the Wrangler is going to have something for everyone.
The new, Hurricane 2.0-liter engine will also sport variable valve timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger, as well as an aluminum block. The eight speed transmission for the four-cylinder engine hint comes directly from FCA’s Marchionne – and this setup should substantially increase the fuel economy of the model compared to the current generation’s V6 and five speed auto pairing. Production of the new engine might be handled at the Trenton Engine Complex south of Detroit, which used to deliver the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, as part of a $75 million investment.
Via Automotive News