Stellantis is making huge investments in electric technology, but it’s not forgetting about the piston-powered engines that represent the vast majority of its sales around the world. The group will release several new engines in the coming years, including a more powerful straight-six.
Micky Bly, the senior vice president and head of global propulsion systems at Stellantis, said demand for new cars
“When we came together as two families, PSA and FCA, we had a lot of engines. We are rapidly streamlining our three-cylinder, four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and even our eight-cylinder engines. We are aggressively streamlining our diesel portfolio. We already exited the 3.0-liter diesel. We will have a low-d isplacement diesel and a big diesel that’s coming in the future,” he explained at a conference in Detroit.
The publication added that Stellantis will launch new and improved engines on the American market in the coming years. One is allegedly a 520-horsepower evolution of the Hurricane, a 3.0-liter straight-six fitted with a pair of turbochargers. “We have more power. We just haven’t released it yet,” the executive explained. It’s too early to tell which cars this engine will end up in, but recent spy shots
Dodge unveiled the Charger as a concept powered by an electric drivetrain. It hasn’t announced a straight-six-powered variant, but company boss Tim Kuniskis clearly stated that an internal combustion engine fits in the coupe and an electric car doesn’t need a transmission tunnel.
Coincidence? You tell us.
Moving down the range, the Hurricane engine will drop two cylinders to hatch a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for smaller, lighter cars. Bly also alluded to a three-cylinder engine based on a unit already sold in Europe, according to Automotive News
As for the venerable Pentastar V6 that has powered a long list of cars since 2010, including the last and current generations of the Wrangler
“ICE is here to stay for a period of time,” Bly clarified.