CKnown for its good reliability, but also for its somewhat high consumption and a certain lack of nerve, the 1.8 eTorQ gasoline engine equipped a wide range of products of the former FCA Group for several years and even continues to do so until now in the Jeep Renegade Sport or the Fiat Toro Freedom that are marketed in Argentina. However, as expected, his farewell was near and it finally came: Stellantis stopped producing this impeller at the Campo Largo plant (Paraná, Brazil), which would also close its doors.
This was reported by our colleagues from the neighboring country, pointing out that after the departure of this engine, the Italian-American-French group will focus on the Firefly family of engines with all its variants: 1.0 and 1.3 aspirated and 1.0 and 1.3 turbo, which were gradually being incorporated into almost the entire portfolio of Fiat, Jeep and even some Peugeot products.
Returning to the veteran 1.8 eTorQ, it should be clarified that it was currently only manufactured for units destined for export, just as is the case with the Renegade Sport and Toro Freedom, which in Brazil have the Firefly 1.3 turbo impeller, while in our country they still had on 1.8. The entry into force of the Proconve PL7 emission regulations had accelerated its release in the Brazilian market, which led to models such as the Fiat Argo or the Cronos only having the aspirated Firefly 1.3 engine.
As we pointed out earlier, the discontinuation of the propellant represents bad news for the 214 workers of the Paraná industrial complex, although the company stressed that the workers will receive a proposal to be relocated to other group plants and will be assisted at all times. Even so, there is uncertainty about the future of the Campo Largo factory, which was inaugurated in 1999 through a joint-venture between BMW and Chrysler –it came to manufacture the engines for Rover, MINI and the Chrysler Neon and PT-Cruiser- and which passed into the hands of Fiat in 2007, incorporating as part of FPT Industrial. In fact, it is not a technologically outdated plant, since it has advanced processes and software of the so-called Industry 4.0. In the best of cases, it could be converted into a research center, but the brand did not provide more details.
In this regard, the official statement states: “Stellantis continues with the strategic plan to globally neutralize its emissions by 2038. As part of the measures aimed at accelerating the 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, it has decided to concentrate production on more modern engines, which in addition to meeting with new and future regulations, offer consumers the highest levels of technology, economy, performance and efficiency, in line with the global trend of downsizing.
The focus on the manufacture of more modern engines was anticipated by the company, which has already proposed the transfer of workers to other of its units in Brazil, while helping in the transition of those who decide to remain in other local companies. Starting today, all individual support will be provided by the company. The company also works with investors to develop future and innovative projects in the area”.
With the end of production of the 1.8 eTorQ, it is expected that all versions of the Renegade and the Toro marketed in our country will now receive the Firefly 1.3 turbo engine.