Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] may be about to launch a new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine delivering close to 300 horsepower.

The company already has such an engine, officially rated at 276 hp, that’s set to debut in the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia.

However, the more potent unit, code-named the Hurricane, is said to be a new design to be built by FCA for its American brands. The engine is said to be benefiting from direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing.

Next-gen Jeep Wrangler might be first application

The information was first reported by Automotive News (subscription required), which cited an anonymous source.

The first application of the engine is expected to be the next-generation Wrangler, which is due out next year. Such an engine would likely serve as a more fuel-efficient option over a standard V-6 in the new Wrangler.

Turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines are becoming ubiquitous in an industry that looks to be growing more homogeneous with each passing year. However, an output of almost 300 hp would make FCA’s engine one of the most powerful 4-cylinders designed for mainstream applications, so we aren't complaining. Pictured above is FCA's current turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder.


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