2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Turbo Four-Cylinder Goes Up For Order, Costs $3,000

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.

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  • LWOAP

    Cool. Not sure about the price, though.

  • Dr Strangefinger

    I’m sorry, but a 4 banger with forced air just doesn’t cut it when I think of Wrangler. No way, never! And just remember, there’s no way Jeep would have ever considered such an engine for this model if it weren’t for the automotive geniuses in DC suggesting they do so in the guise of more mpg… and they dare charge a premium for it!!?? Do yourself a favor and go NA while you still have the option.

    • ME

      NA?

      • Dr Strangefinger

        Naturally Aspirated ( non turbo )

    • europeon

      Yes it actually does in Europe. I hate l4 engines with all my heart, but this is one of the only cars I’d get with an l4 engine, because it simply doesn’t need more. That’s actually what stopped me from getting a JK, to use as my weekend car, taxes being too high for me to be comfortable with owning one.

      Of course, this is me (but obviously others if they decided to offer this engine), a person that would get a two-door Wrangler to use it as a fun convertible for weekend getaways, and would never do hardcore offroading.

      But, this engine has more torque than the old Pentastar, and that might be something people are interested in too.

      • Dr Strangefinger

        Given the weight of a Wrangler- 4000 to 4450 lbs – coupled with a 4 cylinder turbo that inherently is a high heat, high pressure machine, all I see is disaster once the warranty expires. Oh, and yes the power specs that are advertised are impressive, but using that power at its upper limits will kill any mpg advantage the manufacturer claims. This is a Jeep Wrangler, not a Suzuki Samurai.

        • europeon

          You’re obviously an American and never seen such a small engine before in your life, am I right?

          You also don’t seem to be familiar how modern gasoline turbocharged engines deliver their power.

          • Dr Strangefinger

            Yes Europeon, we Americans have never seen 2 liter 4 cylinder engines. Your arrogance is not attractive.

            Not only am I familiar with them, I’ve actually built / installed a tt system on a 370z. Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with exactly how and where we Americans like drive our Jeeps.
            I’ll give you this, perhaps a 4 banger jeep is appropriate for Europe. There.

          • europeon

            > Not only am I familiar with them, I’ve actually built / installed a tt system on a 370z.

            What can I say? You’ve done a great job turning a v6 into an l4. Have you thought of competing in the next ‘Forged in Fire’ season?

          • Dr Strangefinger

            Lame

          • europeon

            Are you suffering from the same disease S3XY is suffering? If so, what’s it call, and what exactly compels you to upvote your own comments?

          • Six_Tymes

            many countries like America use the same engine sizes, stop perpetuating idiocy and hate. you are an ass.

          • europeon

            Many countries… like? Mexico and Cananda? I know Russians had some big v8s back in the day. That’s three by my count. Are there any more?

    • TheHake

      I think the 4-banger will make sense in Europe. At this stage you almost see no Wranglers on the roads since they only have that MASSIVE 3.6lt engine. A 2.0 with 200+kw and 400Nm will be perfect here. If they don’t move along with the time, they will be left behind. Check what is happening to Harley-Davidson.

  • Bash

    3000 more… why should I pay more to get the relatively smaller engine? Even though it’s more advanced; they should promote it and push people to buy it, it should be 3000 less not more!!

  • europeon

    > The model also has regenerative braking and intelligent battery charging technology.

    So this is the hybrid one – because I don’t recall them saying they will have a non-hybrid 2l engine version – which means it has the alternator/generator helping with start/stop situations and providing additional power.

  • TheBelltower

    I love this new Wrangler. Jeep kept what worked, and changed what needed changing. (i.e. the interior) But in my experience, any jeep that goes offroad is better suited with a larger engine. Even if the six has less torque, it’s less stressed. I’ve owned several jeeps. Including an early 90s Wrangler with a 4cyl engine. It started out as a great engine, but it deteriorated rapidly and ended up sounding like a lawn tractor.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Amen Belltower!!!

    • europeon

      They’ll have the diesel for that, and you must have realized by now that most Wranglers never see anything but tarmac, just like all other SUVs nowadays.

      • TheBelltower

        True. Just something to consider if you do plan on going offroading or keeping it beyond the warranty.

      • SgtBeavis

        Oh I don’t know about that. But then, I live in Colorado. I see Wranglers off road all the time around here. It kinda makes me regret buying a Jag. But just kinda..

        • europeon

          You bought the wrong type of Jaguar then. They have the F-Pace, which is decent for some light offroading 🙂

          • SgtBeavis

            I have an F-Pace 35t. There isn’t much ‘light’ offroading in Colorado. HOWEVER it’s a helluva lot of fun driving the mountain roads. Can’t do that in a Wrangler.

          • europeon

            You should’ve got an F-Type then, and drove circles around those Wrangler guys when they were on road 🙂

  • BGM

    This is the first time I’ve ever considered buying a Jeep. This thing is nice and the marketing department is really doing a good job trying to sell you the lifestyle with those pictures. Maybe in a few years…. Maybe my midlife crisis will begin at 50 and I’ll get either this or a Mustang GT (unless I can afford the 911 by then).

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Great choices, both, errrr all 3 of them!! ; )

  • SgtBeavis

    Meh, I’d rather wait it out and either get the Diesel or a the pure electric (depending on its capabilities). $3K is too much of a premium.

  • Six_Tymes

    Cool, and the price seems fare considering “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.”

  • Craig

    I would prefer the standard V6 with a manual transmission.

  • SteersUright

    Love Jeep, but think they’ve gone a bit too ambitious with their pricing.

    • Kurt Klimisch

      In a world in which you can push most full size pickup over the $60K mark and a Suburban well over the $70K mark, I think a Jeep still looks like a good bargain. I test drove the 3.6 V6 the other – it was a very nice truck, love how it looks.