Fans looking to get their hands on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler just got another option as JLWanglerForums reports the company has begun accepting orders for models equipped with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The engine reportedly costs an additional $1,000 but it requires the eight-speed automatic transmission which increases the overall price to $3,000. That’s a significant amount of change considering the inline-four produces 270 hp (201 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 kW) of torque. This means the engine has less horsepower than the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which develops 285 hp (212 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.
Fuel economy numbers haven’t been released for the four-cylinder but the engine should be the more eco-friendly option as it features an eTorque system. At the model’s unveiling, Jeep said the system has a variety of hybrid functions including electric power assist and an extended fuel shut-off system which allows the engine and fuel flow to be “turned off during stops, coasting or when the engine is decelerating. The model also has regenerative braking and intelligent battery charging technology.
The turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be available on all Wrangler variants and it appears the most affordable model will start at $29,995 before the $1,195 destination charge is factored in.
Of course, the engine many fans are waiting for won’t arrive until 2019. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 is slated to produce 260 hp (193 kW) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque. It will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system.