It’s called Hurricane…how could it not be good?
Chrysler will launch a new four-cylinder engine with an epic name for 2016. It help Auburn Hills compete with the downsized engines other carmakers are launching to in a bid to increase fuel economy.
Actually, only this engine’s cylinder head is named Hurricane. The rest will be a reworked version of Chrysler’s 2.0-liter inline-four, which is called Tigershark. Someone at Chrysler drinks too much caffeine.
According to Chrysler, a new head will make all the difference. According to Automotive News (sub. required) it will use new technologies to increase fuel efficiency. Chrysler isn’t saying what those technologies are; they’ll presumably be revealed closer to the engine’s 2016 launch.
The 2.0-liter is definitely due for an update.
The small Chrysler four-banger dates to the early 2000s “World Gas Engine” project, a collaboration between (at the time) Daimler-Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai. It received a few updates after Chrysler’s marriage to Fiat, but did not get the same “MultiAir” variable valve lift tech as the 2.4-liter Tigershark four.
The Hurricane had better bring some devastating improvements in power and fuel economy, if Chrysler wants to stay competitive.
Four-cylinder engines are quickly becoming the go-to powerplants for mainstream cars, as manufacturers look for fuel-efficient powertrains that are cheaper and less complex than hybrids. The Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Mazda6 are all powered exclusively by four-cylinder engines. Having a second credible four-cylinder in the lineup would probably help Chrysler.
Plus, who wouldn’t want to say they have a hurricane under their hood?