Jeep's New Turbocharged Four-Pot Engine Is Smaller, Beefier, And More Frugal Than Before

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The 2.0-liter engine outclasses the old 2.4-liter Tigershark and 3.2-liter V6 engines in the power and economy stakes.

Jeep's new 2.0-liter engine is not only more powerful but, according to new ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the four-pot is more economical too.

As reported by Autoblog, the Global Medium Engine is far more frugal than the outdated 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. Where the larger-capacity motor produced 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, the new turbocharged mill musters up 200 hp and 221 lb-ft. It made its debut in the revised Jeep Compass and is also available in the larger Cherokee.

According to the EPA, the 2023 Compass 2.0-liter turbo 4WD is rated at 24/32/24 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. This is far better than the 2022 Compass 2.4-liter 4WD, which manages 22/30/25 mpg on the same cycles.

Overall, Compass customers are getting a great deal with an engine that drinks less fuel and provides more performance.

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But what about the Cherokee? The 3.2-liter V6 powerplant has been discontinued for the 2023 model year, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged motor taking over duties in the Trailhawk 4x4. Described by Jeep as "one of the most technologically advanced engines in the automotive industry," the engine produces a usable 270 hp and 295 lb-ft.

The V6 manages one horsepower more but far less torque, at 239 lb-ft. Overall, the four-pot should prove more enjoyable to drive. It's got a parsimonious thirst for gasoline, too. Where the 2023 Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 achieves 20/26/22 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, the 2022 Trailhawk 4x4 with the V6 manages just 18/24/21 on the same cycles.

For 2023, Jeep has reduced the Cherokee range to just two models: the aforementioned Trailhawk and the lesser Altitude Lux, the latter of which still makes do with the 180-hp 2.4-liter engine.

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Downsizing is nothing new and, if anything, will become more popular as we head into the era of electrification. We've seen it happening in the upper echelons of the Jeep range, with the large Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models eschewing the traditional V8 in favor of a new inline-six as the best available engine.

The ever-popular Grand Cherokee wasn't as lucky and lost the V8 option late last year.

Before we know it, the entire Jeep lineup will be electrified. That's already the case in Europe, where the automaker only sells hybrid models. All-electric variants will join the lineup in the coming years, with the Recon serving as the EV alternative to the Wrangler. A sleek Wagoneer S luxury EV with 600 hp is also expected, along with a few other battery-powered SUVs.

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