Next Jeep Wrangler Will Get A 300 Horsepower Four-Cylinder Turbo: Report

(Image: FCA, altered by the author)
(Image: FCA, altered by the author)
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Fiat Chrysler is supposedly cooking up an all-new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine codenamed “Hurricane” that sources say will debut in the next-generation (JL) Jeep Wrangler making “nearly” 300 horsepower. Sounds like a fun Wrangler to me.

This morning Jeep expert Larry P. Vellequette over at Automotive News reported that the “aluminum-block” Hurricane engine will be a “high-output, direct-injected inline-four with variable valve timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger.” AN’s sources say it’s “expected to make close to 300 horsepower.”

And this engine is apparently just the “fuel-saving” engine option for the next Wrangler. That could be pretty righteous, considering the current Wrangler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 only burps out 285 horsepower and maxes out at a mediocre 21 MPG. I’m guessing that means “no diesel,” at least in the onset of the next-gen Wrangler.


That Pentastar V6 is currently made at FCA’s Trenton Engine Complex, which FCA has already announced will get a $75 million investment soon to start producing “the next generation four-cylinder engine” instead in the near future.

Bring on the turbo Wranglers!

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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How is it that “nearly 300 horsepower” and “only...285 horsepower” are any different? Like I get it, one’s coming from 4, the other from 6. But this feels written in a way to make me think, “Wow! What an upgrade in Horsepower!” When it’s....not. The real upgrade is in weight and efficiency, and that only warrants an “apparently” referential mention?