New Jeep Wrangler To Offer 368HP 2.0L Turbo?

A leaked document has revealed that the new-generation Jeep Wrangler will initially be offered with a 3.6-liter V6 and a 2.0-liter turbo four when it lands in U.S. dealers in December.

Uncovered by the JL Wrangler Forums, the document was submitted by FCA to the NHTSA and confirms that the familiar Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 will deliver 285 hp. Despite being smaller in capacity, it is the 2.0-liter turbo four that will sit atop the range, pumping out an extremely healthy 368 hp – or so the document says, as we can’t be sure if it’s a typo.

Whereas the V6 of the new Wrangler will be essentially identical to the unit offered in the Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Journey, the 2.0-liter will be offered exclusively in the new Wrangler.

Additionally, the document states that the Wrangler will initially only be sold in four-door guise and offered as the Sport Unlimited, Sahara Unlimited and Rubicon Unlimited. While there is no mention of a two-door model, spy shots have confirmed that such a variant is being developed and is expected to debut shortly after the four-door.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will celebrate its public debut at the LA Auto Show.

Renderings via JL Wrangler Forums

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  • SteersUright

    I hope they sort out the NVH well enough to finally have a decent highway ride for those of us that need to commute to work. Because from where I’m sitting, a 368hp go anywhere good looking Jeep seems like a pretty sweet daily ride! Also, I have to add, I hope it doesn’t live up to FCA’s infamous reputation for quality and reliability and is properly sorted and well-made.

    • john1168

      The solid axles are going to be the real issue with ride quality on the roads. I had a ride in one once on the highway and it rode like crap. Very capable vehicle off road. It’s a trade off…

    • Six Thousand Times

      Might I suggest something else to use as your commuter and a Wrangler for the weekend? You’re just not gonna get a good highway ride with solid axles.

    • Bo Hanan

      What will a highly stressed 2.0 ltr. in a Jeep be like long term? Off-boost can that turbo-4 handle off-roading duties like climbing a tough ridge? I think you’ll have to redline the engine just to stay in its power band. Not fun. Oh, and sub-400HP in a Wrangler on the highway???

      • Benjamin B.

        The turbo engine will have much more torque and at a lower rev range (and a broader torque curve too) than the 3.6L. I would avoid the V6 with the 2.0T option. 2 liters is not a small engine. It’s average now in the USA and it’s considered large in Europe and Asia.

      • Ken Lyns

        It would obviously depend on the construction. A compact iron block could be designed to handle high boost levels. A 2JZ-GTE modified with larger turbos can reliably put out 600 hp from 3.0L, and that was before the days of direct injection.

  • Merc1

    A 368hp 4-cylinder in a Jeep just doesn’t sound right.

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    • Bash

      But for an example… say a 280hp V6 does?

    • JaredTheGeek

      That’s because the article is wrong. There will not be a 368 HP four cylinder engine for a Jeep Wrangler or for any FCA car. The docs are edited.

    • Benjamin B.

      It’ll offer more torque than any Wrangler or Jeep (CJ and Willy’s) ever. Remember the Willy’s and Ford Jeeps originally had a pretty weak output iron block I-4.

  • Bash

    I know some 5 ltr engines cars that make about the same hp, this is amazing.

    • Benjamin B.

      It’s not really. The 2.3L EcoBoost in the Focus RS makes 350hp and 350 ft lbs. the Type R Civic makes 300hp from Honda’s corporate 2.0T found in the new Accord.

  • Blade t

    386hp from a 2.0 is impressive from the factory,,, the cla45 amg is 355 from a 2.0 …I will be surprised if jeep actually does this ….sounds strange for them….

  • getoffme

    It would probably last 500 miles then boom.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The original that your grandfather drove back in “the big one” had a four.

    • Benjamin B.

      Those are quite compact utes actually. Also they had no power, but the trucks were light and could go anywhere. I would like to an aluminum Wrangler, but FCA won’t do that. It doesn’t even have enough money. Please, Hyundai, just buy FCA already.

      • DMJ

        Why do an aluminium Wrangler, to be more expensive to buy and to repair? Doing offroad means that you will need to repair some panels from time to time, and steel is cheaper and easy to repair. Aluminium can make sense in a luxury and big SUV, like a Range Rover.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        Heck no, we don’t want FCA’s stench to taint Hyundai and slow their progress.

        FCA is a debt ridden disease.

  • Steve Cohn

    I think the HP rating of the 2 L turbo is a mistake or misprint.
    This HP rating is sometimes available on race or ultra high-performance autos, not a Jeep

    • Ken Lyns

      But 450 hp from a 3.5L High Output Ecoboost F150 is OK?

  • javier

    huh, must be some kind of mistake from this crack reporting team

  • Craig
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