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Stellantis to produce new turbocharged engine for HEV

Stellantis to produce new turbocharged engine for HEV
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Stellantis will invest a total of USD99 million in three North American plants to produce a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). Investments will be made at the Dundee Engine Complex in Michigan, U.S.A., the Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana, U.S.A., and the Etobicoke Casting Plant in Toronto, Canada.

The new engine is a 1.6-liter, I-4 turbocharged unit with direct fuel injection and flexibility for hybrid-electric vehicle applications. Based on a current Stellantis production engine in Europe, this next-generation engine will power two future North American hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) models. This will be the first hybrid-electric vehicle engine for the company in the region. Production is expected to begin in early 2025.

Stellantis is one of the world’s leading automakers and a mobility provider. In North America, it’s best known for producing and selling vehicles in a portfolio of iconic and award-winning brands such as Jeep®, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Alfa Romeo and Fiat.

With an investment of nearly USD83 million, Dundee Engine will be retooled and become the final assembly location for the new engine. The Michigan plant will continue production of the 3.6-liter Pentastar Upgrade for the Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The Tigershark 2.4-liter I-4 engine will build out in the first quarter of 2023.

Engine blocks will be cast at the Kokomo Casting Plant, one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. More than USD14 million will be invested to convert existing die cast machines and cells for the new engine.

Etobicoke Casting will produce the oil pan for the new engine. The company will invest nearly USD2 million to support the development and installation of new tooling and equipment upgrades.

These investments support Stellantis’ Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan of delivering innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility solutions.