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The odd origins of the new Jeep engines

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the prototypical American vehicles —except, perhaps, for the four-cylinder turbo engine, which is sourced from Termoli, Italy.

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The Jeep Cherokee may have started out with a set of basic dimensions from Alfa Romeo, but its four-cylinder turbo engine is   made in FCA’s Trenton, Michigan plant.

Reviews of the four-cylinder have been quite positive, praising its responsiveness and smooth function. One major difference between the Cherokee and Wrangler engines is that the Wrangler’s is hooked up to a hybrid-electric system, while the Cherokee’s is not.

FCA has new and old generations of both small and medium-sized four-cylinders at the moment. On the small side, the 1.4 liter “FIRE” engine is in every Fiat sold in America; but the FIRE’s replacement, the 1.3 liter GSE, is in the 2019 Jeep Renegade. On the larger side, the Jeep Cherokee’s base motor is the 2.4 liter WGE engine, inherited from DaimlerChrysler and reworked into TigerShark form; but buyers can opt for a new 2.0 liter GME four-cylinder (or a V6).

What does the future hold? Stay tuned.

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