The parent company FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles) is planning to introduce the 2018 Jeep Wrangler in an entirely new Avatar. Scheduled to be in production sometime around the coming year, the next generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected to be powered by the all new aluminum 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine, christened as "Hurricane". The powerhouse is capable of churning out a maximum power of 300hp nearly. In fact, the motor is also likely to improvise the vehicle's fuel efficiency significantly.
As per the reports in the market, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is investing a huge sum of $75 million in the making of the Hurricane. The engine will be produced at the Trenton Engine Complex in Detroit – the same facility where the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine of the Wrangler is currently under production. This powermill congregates a peak power of 285hp, which means that the new engine in pipeline will be more efficient in terms of power as well as fuel consumption.
The 4-cylinder Hurricane is slated to deliver high performance and is anticipated to have a twin-scroll turbocharger, an aluminum block and variable valve timing. Alfa Romeo has already experienced its version that is dubbed as GMW (Global Medium Engine). Earlier there were rumors in the air that due to strict CO2 emission norms throughout the globe, the company was planning to introduce the next-gen Wrangler with a hybrid engine that was supposed to provide immensely low-end torque value to the SUV. However, with new engine in talk, the weight of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is considered to be under check due to the new platform using aluminum, though no confirmation is there from the side of FCA.
Seeing the current progress towards making the new Wrangler more efficient and powerful, it is clear that the company is extensively focusing on the performance based engines that are more efficient and help in keeping the weight of the vehicle at the lower end.
Amidst lot of speculations taking round in the market, the mystery still remains the same around the next generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler but one cannot deny the chances of a hybrid variant to be in offer, inspired by the new engine – Hurricane. The Design Head at Jeep, Mark Allen, has also hinted towards the arrival of a crew cab pickup truck model. This is what he said:
"Oddly enough, though, we've never done a crew cab pickup before. Hint, hint." He continued further, "I can't explain too much, but there may be things you see on the Crew Chief that you might see on that truck."
The addition of aluminum will help in reducing the weight of the vehicle, thus improving the efficiency to a greater extent. Commenting on the same, the Chief Executive at Jeep, Mike, said, "You will see continued improvements in powertrains… We are the benchmark, so I want to push the benchmark even further."
As far as the car market in India is concerned, at the recent 2016 Auto Expo the Jeep showcased its Grand Cherokee SRT, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited that are expected to hit the Indian market soon this year whereas the Made-in-India SUV (FCA will start manufacturing New Jeep Vehicle, that is, SUV, in India from Q2 2017) will commence its production from the next year.
The Jeep vehicles to be manufactured in India will use the Ranjangaon facility of FCA-Tata for the production. The Jeep brand will be retailed through separate dealerships in India.