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Stellantis invests in new 1.6-liter turbo engine for US hybrids


Building a new engine, even if it is a derivative of an old one, takes a village – or rather, it takes a boatload of money and several facilities of human effort. That’s why Stellantis is investing in three of its factories in North America this year.

Stellantis announced Monday that it will invest $99 million at three of its North American facilities to produce a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This 1.6-liter I4 will be used for two future hybrid vehicles in this market, although the automaker did not specify what those cars would be. Stellantis said it will be the first hybrid engine built in this region, with production expected to start in early 2025, and this engine has its roots in a similar Stellantis engine currently in production in Europe.

Of this $99 million investment, the lion’s share – some $83 million – will go to the Dundee Engine plant in Michigan. This is where the 1.6 liter will be assembled. It looks like this new four-pot will fit into the hole left by the outgoing Tigershark 2.4-liter I4, which will end production in early 2023. This plant also builds the 3.6-liter V6 for Jeeps. Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L.

The remaining investment money will be shared between the United States and Canada. $14 million will go to the casting plant in Kokomo, Indiana, where Stellantis will cast the 1.6-liter engine block. The remaining $2 million will go to the Etobicoke Casting plant in Toronto, Ontario, where the engine oil pan will be produced.

Hybrids are only part of Stellantis’ current electrification plans. The United States will also see the Alfa Romeo Tonale the plug-in hybrid is coming for the 2023 model year, and it will spawn a sibling twin, the Dodge Hornet. There is also a small Battery Electric Jeep headed our way next year. Further down the road, we will hear about new generations of Dodge Challenger and Charger, which will also be fully electric.

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