• Jun 13, 2008
The so-called 'World Engine' used by DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi as part of their Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance joint venture has given the world such gems as the powerplants in the current Mitsubishi Evolution and Dodge Caliber SRT-4, and will also power the base version of the upcoming Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Although these turbocharged beasts are what make the heart swoon, the bulk of World Engines engines are much more mundane. With fuel efficiency a top priority these days, the Diamond Star brand will soon be investing some nine-billion yen (US$84.2m) into its engine plant in Japan's Shiga Prefecture, which makes the global four-bangers in 1.8, 2.0 and 2.4 liter capacities. Expect to find these engines underhood in various Lancer and Outlander models.
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      • 6 Years Ago
      The 2.0 World Engine in Mitsubishi guise has more torque than most 4 cylinder engines in the same class and more HP. The engine is far better than the engine in the Focus and Mazda 3.

      The engine isn't loud it is that most of the cars it goes in have less sound deadening material. The engine isn't as quiet as the previous Mitsubishi 4, I suppose that is the change from an iron block to aluminum.

      I'm getting a mixed average of 28 MPG with 33 on the highway in the very heavy Lancer GTS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler needs to re-tune these. Or put a turbo on them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The engines aren't the problem. The CVT's are. Caliber 2.4 R/T FWD with 5speed is just fine performance wise, and not bad on the hwy fuel cycle either -
        • 6 Years Ago
        Brent you would be correct about them being loud. I've heard that the Hyundai version is not quite as loud though but I've never driven one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi is not the "diamond star brand". Diamond Star is a reference to the joining of Mitsubishi and Chrysler to create the DSM parntnership in Normal, Il to build cars in the US. The name comes from joining the Mitsubishi Three DIAMONDs Logo with the Chrysler PentaSTAR logo. Mitsubishi owns the plant entirely today and the partnership is defunct. Mitsubishi is the "three diamonds" brand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally I find the engines to be fine when it comes to power & torque. In the Sonata its pretty quiet except at WOT. In the Caliber under normal driving its fine but when you press the pedal to the floor the CVT zings way past 5000 rpm and only exaggerates the sound of the engine. So I'd say these 4-bangers are up-to-par...

      Then again, I drive a crappy Suzuki Verona (re-badged Daewoo) with a horribly lackluster inline-6 that is anything but quiet. So what do I know...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is definitely some good news to hear.

      Ok now for those of you who who did not have any idea about this small joint venture "especially you WhynotTheLS1", now this is your time to learn more about this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      +1 to Kevin's comment. The old 2.4 in the PT and SRT-4 Neon is NOT the same 2.4 they have now. My buddy has an SRT Caliber and it's sweet. Unfortunately since the Caliber is MUCH heavier than a Neon, it's not as fast, but it's still fun!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      They need to work on the mpg of these things, after hearing from an owner of a turbo'd 05 pt cruiser, he gets worse mileage than my parents ls4 monte ss. And i've heard the NA versions aren't much better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The turbo PT has the old mopar 2.4. It's stroked version of the Neon 2.0. The 1.8, 2.0, and 2.4 in the Calicomrat is the world motor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The most interesting thing about the world engine is that the basic design was performed by Hyundai; the Chrysler and Mitsubishi versions are just customized versions of the Hyundai design.

      Pretty impressive, especially considering that these are usually more powerful than their competitors, even in base form.