We have it on good authority that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will be available with a near-300 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, but in case you needed proof, Motor Trend has photographed a prototype of the coming four-cylinder Wrangler with its hood open.
The photographs show an extremely crowded engine bay, partially the result of the intake being routed over the top of the engine. This would suggest the turbocharger is mounted high up in the engine bay, which would help protect it against the elements – including standing water.
The four-cylinder engine is expected to be offered as an optional upgrade from the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 in the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. While smaller, the engine may offer more torque than the Pentastar V6 and would also be more fuel-efficient. It’s reasonable to assume the rumored hybrid Jeep Wrangler would utilize the 2.0-liter powerplant, along with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s electric drive system.
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