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Jeep BU: plethora of powertrains

by David Zatz on

FCA sources have told Allpar that, just as the upcoming Jeep “BU,” now rumored to be called Laredo (but probably not), will have different powertrains depending on where it is sold.

For the United States and Canada, it is likely to have one engine: the 2.4 liter Chrysler “World Gas Engine,” most likely the new TigerShark version with MultiAir. However, if the Fiat 1.4 turbo is also used (most likely on FWD models only), it would come with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic. We expect, though, the single 2.4/9-speed setup.

Probably only available in Brazil, another option is the 1.6 liter “E-Torque” engine, based on the old Chrysler Tritec engines created from the Neon 2.0 for the Rover / BMW Mini (see a more complete story on this).

Gasoline-engine buyers will have the turbocharged 1.4 liter Fiat engine — this might or might not be a North American option. It will most likely hooked up to the six-speed manual and a six-speed dual dry clutch automatic (as with Dodge Dart Aero).

Since diesels are de rigeur in most of the world, there will be two diesel options — the 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter Fiat MultiJet models. 

There will be a two manual transmissions (Fiat five and six speeds) for buyers who want the full experience (again, likely not for North Americans; the transmissions are likely targeted at specific engines as well).

Outside the US, the nine-speed automatic might be reserved for the top-end Trailhawk model, or might be used with AWD regardless of engine… or might not be used at all. Powertrain options for particular regions may not have been finalized yet.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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