Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler’s Engine Maybe a Four Cylinder


A new rumor on the engine in the next-generation Jeep Wrangler shows FCA trying to find the balance between what the drivers want and what is possible with new fuel efficiency standards.

Automotive News released today a rumor about the new engine that will be possibly be an option for the upcoming new Jeep Wrangler.  The engine is a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine code-named Hurricane.  Automotive News was told by a source what to expect from this new engine.  It will feature a “direct-injected inline-four with variable valve timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger.”  The Hurricane engine will also be an aluminum block and is expected to be 300 horsepower.

More information backing this up is an investment FCA made in April.  They put 75 million into their Trenton Engine Complex to start production on a new four-cylinder engine, like the one described above.  The plant had been making the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 previously.

Sergio Marchionne, FCA’s CEO, had also made previously statements that make the Hurricane engine seem like the truth.  He had said that the Wrangler would be needing an optional four-cylinder for its new eight-speed auto transmission.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Getting 8-Speed Auto Transmission


It might be a long ways away, but Jeep is already planning on what will be in their next generation of Jeep Wrangler.  Automotive News got their hands on a filing the automaker filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to show that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be getting Chrysler’s eight-speed transmission.

2018 is currently when the planned redesign is slated for the Wrangler.  The eight-speed transmission that will be used is already in Chrysler vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2014 Dodge Durango.   The transmission provides much better fuel economy over the previous year.

According to the filing, “We plan to use this transmission in all of our rear-wheel-drive vehicles, except for heavy-duty versions of the Ram pick-up truck and the SRT Viper.”

Not much else is known about what to expect from the redesign of the Wrangler.  At least we know thanks to Chrysler filings that it will be looking to improve fuel economy with a better automatic transmission.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Named Best Interior by Ward’s Auto

2014 Jeep Cherokee LimitedWard’s Auto announced their 10 Best Interiors for 2014, and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited made the cut.

Two vehicles from the Chrysler Group family made the list, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited and the 2015 Chrysler 200C. They are among such distinguished company as the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which costs $372,800, and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550, which costs $122,895. In comparison, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited is a fraction of the price at $37,525, and the 2015 Chrysler 200C is also considerably more affordable at $31,470.

41 vehicles were in consideration for the honor, and editors at Ward’s Auto narrowed it down to the final list with a scoring system, judging materials, value, comfort, and other important factors. In the announcement, Ward’s Auto praised the Jeep Cherokee Limited as a vehicle that “manages to feel right at home both on city streets and deep in the backwoods.” As for the Chrysler 200C, Ward’s Auto calls it the “best segment offering in decades” and “extremely spacious.”

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited and 2015 Chrysler 200C will be honored along with the rest of the winners at a special ceremony on May 21 at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference.

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