Jeep Wrangler Getting Hurricane of Near 300 hp

2016 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

According to a new report, Fiat Chrysler will be using a new 2.0L four cylinder engine in the next Jeep Wrangler. Automotive News quotes a source with direct knowledge of the project that the all-new engine, code-named Hurricane, will be turbocharged, all aluminium and make almost 300 hp.

The new engine is said to have a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve timing. A near 300 hp output is a lot of power for a 2.0L engine, especially in something like a Jeep (it’s actually about 30 hp/L better than the Alfa 4C), but Fiat Chrysler is not likely to forget that the driving force behind Jeep, especially the Wrangler, is off-road prowess. At least in theory. And that needs low end torque. Rock crawling and dipping in and out of boost do not go well together.

The not exactly aerodynamically shaped, body-on-frame Wrangler has been a fuel economy issue for years. Even the current 3.7L V6 with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic is only able to achieve 12.8 L/100 km combined. Hardly a strong number when most full size truck models can do better than 12.0. Rumours have persisted for years about diesels but have never panned out, likely due to cost and the low popularity of diesel in our market.

But the new model, if equipped with a smaller turbocharged engine, an eight-speed automatic, and the previously announced at least partial aluminum construction, should finally post respectable economy numbers. The Hurricane is expected to be an option on the next-generation Wrangler, due next year.

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Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Evan is based in Halifax, and has been a car nut for as long as anyone can remember. He autocrosses, does lapping days and TSD rallies, breaks cars and then fixes them again.
  • Jackson Andrew Lewis

    ECO DIESEL! or hemi…. seriously whats with 4 cyl this crap?

  • DHD

    It’s all cost. The Wrangler is a gold mine for FCA. I believe it is the highest selling, and most profitable model in the Jeep lineup. Oddly enough, because a well spec’d Rubicon is Ram 1500 Laramie kinda money. If they start throwing Hemis and Eco Diesels at it, they’ll no rake in the dough for the company. However on the other hand, it is fact that those who do Hemi conversions on their Wranglers often better their fuel economy by 3-4 mpg! I would love to “tick” the Hemi option box on my next Wrangler, sadly I see that being many years away.

  • Berenger le Veillier

    Sure wish they’d put the Ecodiesel in one, then I might consider it. I have the ram equipped with one already and love it.