New Jeep Wrangler turbo 4-cylinder will cost an extra $1K
In the run-up to the 2017 LA Auto Show and throughout its debut, Jeep has detailed just about everything on the all-new 2018 Wrangler JL (or just JL if you want to sound cool around Jeep enthusiasts), from the selective use of aluminum and magnesium body panels down to the axles on the Wrangler Sport and Sahara models. Everything except for pricing for various engines.
The 2018 Wrangler will keep the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, good for 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, as its base engine; it’s the single largest piece of hardware that carries over from the outgoing version. But most of the buzz about the powertrain has centered on the new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that will make its debut in the Wrangler lineup. This 2.0-liter will churn out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque — a bump over the Pentastar when it comes to torque but a slight drop in horsepower — and it will be paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
JL Wrangler Forums now reports that the 2.0-liter turbo is now available for ordering as a $1,000 option over the base Pentastar V6. As this engine can only be paired with the eight-speed automatic, which itself is a $2,000 option, it makes this powertrain combo a $3,000 option.
The appeal for buyers here, as we see it, is the (expected to be better) fuel economy, at least in comparison with the base V6. That said, the unavailability of a manual transmission paired with the turbo-four may sour the deal for some. We should point out that fuel economy figures aren’t out yet, so we can’t gauge just how much (if any) better they will be, but there is also the 35 lb-ft bump over the 3.6-liter V6 to consider.
If you are of the diesel persuasion, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 from VM Motori will join the menu in 2019, good for 260 and 442 lb-ft of torque. If you require massive torque on your daily commute, this will be the engine to go for, and it will be paired with an eight-speed auto. A plug-in hybrid will take a little longer to join the menu, expected in 2020.
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