New Jeep Wrangler Turbo 2.0-Liter Engine Available as $1K Option
During sneak peaks prior the 2017 LA Auto Show and during its official reveal, Jeep has mentioned almost everything regarding the upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL, ranging from the body panels made from aluminum and magnesium to the Wrangler Sport and Sahara models’ axles. The pricing were kept under the wraps, until now.
The Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 will be retained in the 2018 Wrangler, allowing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, as the base engine, which is considered the biggest hardware that carries over from its predecessors. But a lot of the attention about the powertrain has been focused on the cutting-edge, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that will finally be introduced in the Wrangler range. 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque can be produced by this powertrain - higher than the Pentastar in terms of torque but a bit below when it comes to horsepower - and an eight-speed automatic transmission will be paired with it.
JL Wrangler Forums now advises that the 2.0-liter turbo can already be ordered as a $1,000 option over the Pentastar V6. Since this engine can only combined with an eight-speed automatic, which is at a $2,000 option, that makes this powertrain arriving at a value of $3,000.
The biggest hook for consumers here is the better fuel economy when compared with the V6. But the lack of manual transmission paired with a turbo-four might not be appealing to some. With fuel economy figures still unannounced and confirmed, one could only hope it’s a better option than the V6.
Aside from that, it is expected that a plug-in hybrid might join sometime in 2020.