Is Jeep’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine hiding a hybrid drivetrain? And will that become the performance choice in the 2019 Wrangler?
Well, we all are aware that downsizing in engine displacement capacity is something that most carmakers around the globe have taken seriously. The flip side is that downsizing doesn’t come at the cost of performance and with the advent of several proven technology applications, the need breed of forced fed four-cylinder engines are capable of giving the V6s or V8s a run for their money. While the future of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the topic of intense speculation these days within and outside the industry, a leaked FCA document to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has some interesting detailing related to a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder destined for the engine bay of the next-generation Wrangler. With an output of 368hp, it could outclass the current 5.7-litre V8 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee by a margin of 8hp!
The question is, will the 2.0-litre engine be able to generate that output by itself? And when one looks at Ford’s 2.3-litre turbo-four Ecoboost engine which produces 310hp, then it seems the extra output could be coming from an extra or supplementary power source, an electric motor for instance. If that was to happen, then we could be looking at a hybrid variant in the Jeep Wrangler line-up sooner or later. With the advent of the new high performance turbo-four cylinder, the current Wrangler’s 285hp Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 will become the base-engine model.
The document also revealed that the four-door Jeep Wrangler will be the first model to launch, followed by a two-door model early next year. It’s also believed that Jeep will eventually offer the new Wrangler with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel.
Jeep’s all-new Wrangler, which will be promoted as a 2019 model, will make its debut at next month’s Los Angeles auto show.