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FCA: New engines coming this year

by David Zatz on

New four-cylinder engines for all of Fiat Chrysler may be launched in 2016, according to the current investor presentation.

Under “efficiency improvements,” the company’s first listing was “new global small and medium engine architectures,” dated 2016.

Hurricane engineThe Hurricane turbocharged four cylinder engine is said to have been delayed, and few have been willing to come out and say whether it is a completely new design or a stopgap World Gas Engine derivative. It was not specifically mentioned in the presentation.

Previously noted 48-volt electrical systems are listed as being due in 2018; these are to be used across the board in any car given a hybrid powertrain option (e.g., in the Pacifica, it would be used on the gasoline engine as well as the hybrid). Going to the new standard would cut losses due to voltage drop, reducing the load on the alternator.

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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