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Mopar still powering up

by David Zatz on

Chrysler has been leaking reports of more powerful and newer engines for some time now. Several sources have told us that there will be a turbocharged “Hurricane” 2.4 engine, with a turbocharged 2.0 also being considered but somewhat less likely — echoing Ralph Gilles’ mentions of both prospects some time ago. Long-time Allpar sources have also mentioned a second round of power and efficiency boosts for the Hemi V8 engines; and of course a 6.2 or 6.4 liter supercharged [correction: not turbocharged] Hemi V8 is still said to be under way for the 2014 calendar year, producing (depending on rumor) anywhere from 550 to 670 hp and up to 640 lb-ft of torque.

Direct injection, stop-start, and other tricks for the Pentastar V6 were part of the original plan, but haven’t materialized in production; these are presumably still under development.

Pentastar V6 engines

Some observers believe that Chrysler must be working on a next-generation four-cylinder series as well, but there has been no evidence of this, nor any rumors or tips from insiders.

“The Mad Duck” pointed to Chrysler’s careers site, where the company is advertising for powertrain people in a wide range of roles: assistant chief engineer for automatic transmissions, two other unspecified assistant chief engineers, hardware development engineers, testers and mechanics, chief engineer for transmission and driveline, diesel calibration, numerous electric powertrain designers, a direct injection dyno operator, all manner of calibration specialists, and an SRT development manager. This may give some indication of where Chrysler is working, or expects to be working.

Many of these positions have been posted for quite some time (running back to March), indicating that Chrysler is having trouble finding qualified applicants at the salaries paid, or that the system is not being updated rapidly when jobs are filled. Overall, Chrysler has posted 143 engineering jobs on their site, but there are also openings for mechanics and testers. Skilled factory workers can also find many postings, with machine tool experts in demand. Apply for a job at Chrysler.


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