There's No Way The Wrangler Is Actually Coming With A 368-HP Inline-Four

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Not unless Jeep suddenly felt the need to go after AMG with an SRT-badged Wrangler.

Toledo, Ohio must have felt a rumble of pride when news of a 368 horsepower Wrangler was leaked onto the Internet via a document that FCA sent to the NHTSA. Better still was the fact that the engine was a 2.0-liter four cylinder. With that kind of output, it would mean that FCA has invested quite a bit of time and money on engine technology, enabling this revolutionary engine to almost match the turbocharged four-cylinder in the AMG GLA43 and CLA43.

We could think of quite a few other FCA cars that could use that kind of kick to the rear, but thanks to an update by Jeep Wrangler Forums that was reported on by The Truth About Cars, we now know we have to reign in our imaginations. An update to the document filed to the NHTSA now shows the 2.0-liter engine's output as "Not Rated." Of course that could mean anything. It could mean output for the 2.0-liter "Hurricane" powerplant is 468 horsepower (it won't be of course), but logic tells us that Jeep made a mistake when inputting the numbers and redacted the rating to set the record straight. And then there's further evidence of a screw up coming from Road and Track.

When it followed up on the story with FCA, it heard back that the 368 horsepower figure was "dead wrong." Previous rumors indicated that the 2.0-liter engine in the Jeep Wrangler would make around 300 horsepower, still very impressive but not as outlandish as such a heavily boosted 2.0-liter making 368 horsepower. When the new Wrangler comes in 2018, it will offer both the 3.6-liter 285 horsepower Pentastar V6 and the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the former mated to either an eight speed automatic or a six-speed manual and the latter with only the automatic option. For an SUV that's more at home on the Rubicon and not the race track, both output levels should be more than enough.

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