It will be one of the most powerful four-cylinder cars on the market.
Details have been trickling out about the upcoming replacement for the aging Jeep Wrangler. We know that the replacement will be coded as the JL for two-door models, and JLU for the four-door unlimited and both will be available with the old 285-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine. Jeep may also build the current Wrangler along side the new one for a year, badged as the Wrangler Classic. The optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine remains a big mystery, but thanks to documentation that FCA sent to the NHTSA, we now know how powerful it will be.
A chart on the document shows the power outputs for several trucks and SUVs. The Wrangler's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 368 hp. The torque figure isn't mentioned, but if it is anywhere near the power figure it should be very impressive. The Jeep Wrangler will likely be the second most powerful four-cylinder car in the US, behind the Mercedes CLA and GLA 45 with 375 hp. It is even more powerful than several hot hatch models like the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS. We aren't sure what other FCA model will get this new engine, but it is exciting to think about how good this new engine could be. Perhaps Alfa Romeo will stuff it into the Giulia to create a middle model below the Quadrifolgio?
Unfortunately, this engine will only be available with an automatic transmission, which is sure to anger enthusiasts. The base V6 model should still come with the option of a manual, which will keep manual diehards happy. The documentation that was discovered by JL Wrangler Forums didn't mention anything about a diesel engine in the Wrangler, so we'll have to wait to see any announcements or leaked information about this rumored model. The details about the new Wrangler are starting to come together, and soon we will know exactly what this highly anticipated model will look like.