Stelantis said it is investing $99 million across three plants to build a new 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that has “flexibility for hybrid-electric vehicle applications.”
The automaker is investing in its Dundee Engine Complex in Michigan, the Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana, and the Etobicoke Casting Plant in Toronto.
The company said on Monday that the next-generation I-4 Tigershark engine will power two future hybrid models in North America and will be the first hybrid engine for the company in the region. Production is expected to begin in early 2025.
Stelantis is investing $83 million in the Dundee engine complex, which will be remodeled and serve as the final assembly location for the new engine. The company said the Dundee plant will continue to produce the 3.6-litre Pentastar upgrade engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Production for the current Tigershark engine at the plant, which is a 2.4-litre design, will end. First quarter of 2023.
The engine blocks will be cast at the Kokomo plant, where more than $14 million will be invested to replace existing die-cast machines and cells for the new engine.
Etobicoke Casting will produce the oil pans for the new engine. Stelantis is investing approximately $2 million in the Toronto facility to support the development and installation of new tooling and equipment upgrades.
Stelantis said the investment supports its Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, which provides innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility solutions.
They’re just the latest in a series of moves as it begins to build more eco-friendly models and churns out EV batteries at multiple sites.
The company announced in October that it was funneling $229 million to retrofit three Indiana plants to produce its new flexible eight-speed transmission that can be used in both electrified vehicles and those with conventional setups. could.
In June, Stelantis said its Windsor assembly plant in Ontario would produce vehicles on the automaker’s new STLA Large platform that would support electric vehicles. Retooling is expected to begin there in 2023.
The company said it is remodeling and modernizing the Brampton Assembly Plant, which builds the Chrysler 300 and Dodge muscle cars, in 2024. When production resumes in 2025, Stelantis said the plant will feature an entirely new, flexible architecture to support the company’s electrification. plans.
UAW appreciated the investment.
Cindy Estrada, UAW Vice President and Stelantis Department Director, said: “This investment in a new four-cylinder engine will add job security for members who continue to manufacture ICE products as the industry transitions to electrification. “