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Hurricane Force: Jeep Wrangler's Turbo Four Could Make Nearly 300 Horses

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Hurricane Force: Jeep Wrangler’s Turbo Four Could Make Nearly 300 Horses

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Its not the engine youd want for rock crawling, but its just the ticket to please commuters and the Environmental Protection Agency.

A source tells Automotive News that a high-output 2.0-liter four-cylinder under development by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will first appear as an option on the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.

The aluminum block engine is code-named Hurricane (a nod to Jeeps engine heritage), and is said to make in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower, with torque figures being anyones guess.

Produced at FCAs Trenton Engine Complex alongside the Pentastar V6, the new mill reportedly features direct injection, variable valve timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger.

The new engine is one of several ways FCA plans to make the next-generation Wrangler — due to appear next year as a 2018 model — friendlier in the area of fuel consumption. A myriad of engine choices are rumored to join the lineup, including a diesel and hybrid, but a turbo four seems the likeliest bet for Day 1 availability.

The capable Pentastar returns as the models mainstay engine.

Other mileage-making efforts include adding an optional eight-speed automatic transmission and adopting lighter aluminum architecture. Any advances in the area of aerodynamics will have to be subtle, as the Wranglers traditional boxy shape is revered nearly as much as the U.S. Constitution.

Offend the Jeep purists, and youve got a revolution on your hands.

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