We've been hearing distant rumblings about Chrysler's new Hurricane engine for some time now, but details have been hard to come by. Now, Automotive News is adding some specifics to the scuttlebutt, citing Chrysler documents. According to the industry publication, the Hurricane will blow onto the scene in 2016, but it's not an all-new engine. Rather, it will be rooted in the company's existing 2.0-liter four-cylinder Tigershark powerplant (shown above), albeit with "many new technologies to achieve excellent fuel economy."

It's not clear what sort of technologies Chrysler is referring to, but the Hurricane is expected to continue to use an aluminum block, and the finished product is expected to generate even better figures than the existing 2.0-liter's 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque (as found in the Dodge Dart). Automotive News notes that the updated 2.4-liter Tigershark debuting in the entry-level 2014 Jeep Cherokee has its basis in the 2.0-liter lump, but unlike the smaller engine, it's been fitted with MultiAir2 electrohydraulic variable valve timing to realize 184 hp and 171 lb-ft and greater efficiency.

Perhaps the Hurricane will incorporate the latter in its bag of tricks? Either way, we're hoping for a more generous torque curve than the what's in the current 2.0-liter Tigershark, which is something of a slug in the Dart – even for a base economy compact.


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      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      So where are the details? All we know is that its a 2.0L that - SHOCKINGLY - will be made of aluminum and get more power and better fuel economy than the current 2L four. That's not news.
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      wsbfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reminds me of when Chrysler renamed the minivan transmission so customers would think it was a new design.
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Dart's problem isn't the2.0L Tigershark, it's the ridiculously-high-for-a-compact-car curb weight.
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          gary
          • 1 Year Ago
          Comparing base M/T to base M/T, the Dart is 525 lbs heavier than an Elantra, 446 lbs heavier than a Civic, estimated 386 lbs heavier than the new Corolla, 361 lbs heavier than a Sentra, and 226 lbs heavier than the Focus. With automatic transmission, it's heavier than a base Camry or Sonata and only 14 lbs less than an Accord. I stand by my characterization.
          drew
          • 1 Year Ago
          It weighs as much as a Mazda CX-5.
          gary
          • 1 Year Ago
          Comparing base to base, the Dart is 525 lbs heavier than the Elantra, 446 lbs heavier than the Civic, 387 lbs heavier than the 2014 Mazda 3, 364 lbs heavier than the Sentra, and 226 lbs heavier than the Focus. The new Corolla is projected to be right at the same weight as the Mazda 3. Even factoring in the also-chuncky Cruz (102 lbs difference), its 348 lbs heavier than the average of the major players in the class. On top of that, it has the largest weight penalty for choosing an automatic at 56 lbs. Thus equipped, it's heavier than a base Camry or Sonata (both of which have AT standard) and only 14 lbs less than an Accord with optional AT. I stand by my characterization.
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      muchdrama
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, 'World Engine', 'Tigershark', 'Hurricane'--all the same thing except fancy new names. Par for the course with Chrysler.
        MAX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muchdrama
        Just the same engine block, everything else is different even which side the exhaust manifold is on.
      OnTheRocks
      • 1 Year Ago
      What exactly was detailed about the new engine in this blog post? "The new engine will be like the old one, but better!"
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Make something worthwhile or STFU... there I said it.
      Satinder Anand
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe coswarth had good engine too
      Satinder Anand
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should it in the global Ford
      gr8scotny
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a dealer sales consultant, the 2.0 is not the way to go unless you're a Grandma. The 1.4T is an excellent motor and with factory boost it gets the car up and going pretty good. Get an aftermarket boost controller and jump it up a few psi and see what that sucker can do. The 2.4 should be pretty decent also. I agree with most, that there needs to be a turbo'd 2.4L SRT Dart. (AWD?)
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      IIRC the 2.0L Hurricane will be turbocharged
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