Rumors have been swirling recently that Fiat Chrysler is working on a new inline-six engine, and the rumors have been heating up. Details of the new engine are beginning to trickle out, including that the power could be as high as today’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
The news comes from FCA enthusiast website Allpar, who reports the new engine is allegedly using the codename “Tornado” within FCA. The inline-six is supposedly going to be small in displacement to minimize the engine’s length. A displacement of under 3.0-liters is expected to pair with forced-induction, likely in the form of a dual-scroll turbocharger.
Allpar is also speculating the Tornado engine could debut in the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is slated for reveal sometime in 2019. If it does not bow in the new Grand Cherokee first, another likely candidate would be the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer, which will be revealed sometime in 2020 or 2021.
Beyond the new Jeep products, the new inline-six engine is expected to find its way into the Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Ram 1500.
Of course, FCA is not commenting on this unconfirmed new engine. That said, Allpar historically has a pretty solid track-record when it comes to FCA rumors.