Jeep May Fit 2018 Wrangler With Optional Turbocharged Inline-Four
Engine Could Produce 300 HP from 2.0 Liters
The slow trickle of rumors regarding the next-generation Jeep Wrangler continue today with news that it may be available with a 2.0L turbocharged I-4 from Chrysler’s new Hurricane engine family. The engine will be an option, not the standard motor as some outlets are reporting.
The Hurricane will take a good measure of its engine design from the existing Tigershark family of I-4s. According to Automotive News, the Hurricane will feature a totally reworked cylinder head that “uses many new technologies to achieve excellent fuel economy.” Among those new features will be a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection, variable valve timing, and aluminum engine parts.
Allpar reports the newly turbocharged Chrysler 2.0L I-4 will produce at least 250 hp, with a similar torque measurement reporting for duty, while a different Automotive News article claims a horsepower rating closer to 300. That should provide ample power for the lighter-weight 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which currently makes do with a competent, but thirsty, 285hp 3.6L Pentastar V-6. Further helping the new Wrangler’s efficiency mission will be an available eight-speed automatic transmission. Expect highway fuel economy to break into the high 20s.
Although Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has caused some controversy in the past by suggesting the 2018 Wrangler could feature independent suspension and unibody construction, recent spy shots all but guarantee the opposite. Although aluminum bodywork is likely, the Wrangler will still be just as rugged as ever, with solid axles, off-road electronics, and iconic Jeep styling. And although the optional turbo engine might be ill suited to low-speed off-roading, it might be ideal for those who use the Wrangler as a fun daily driver. For everyone else, there’s the optional EcoDiesel or standard Pentastar V-6.