The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will likely make its debut in about a month at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, but new details have spoiled the new Wrangler’s powertrain surprise.
Leapfrogging the off-road SUV’s V6 engine, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will produce 368 horsepower, according to documents discovered by JL Wrangler Forum. The V6 will become the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s entry-level engine, still rated at 285 hp, while the mighty-powerful four-banger engine will represent the range-topping powertrain.
If 368 hp sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. The power output provides more horsepower than many FCA V6 engine applications and actually makes more power than Ford’s hot hatchback, the Focus RS. However, the greater power comes with a caveat; the documents say it will only be available with an automatic transmission, while the V6 will boast a manual transmission as well.
It’s unclear if the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will be available at launch after previously leaked information claimed 2018 Jeep Wrangler production would begin this November in V6-guise only. The four-cylinder-powered 2018 Jeep Wrangler will reportedly go into production in February 2018. Following the two gasoline engines, a Wrangler Diesel will join the lineup next August and a Wrangler Hybrid will arrive for 2019, according to the leaked information.
We’ll know all the facts soon enough, but we certainly hope this 2.0-liter turbocharged engine finds its way to more FCA vehicles.