The four-cylinder destined for the new Jeep Wrangler sounds like a peach.
A new leak has revealed just how much power Jeep's new four-cylinder Wrangler will be pumping out, and, spoiler alert, it's a lot.
According to a leaked FCA document to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — which was posted to the JL Wrangler Forums fan site — the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder destined for the engine bay of the next-generation Wrangler will be rated at 368 horsepower. To put that into perspective, that's 8 horsepower more than you get from the 5.7L V8 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
However, the Wrangler's 2.0L might not be making all of that power on its own. Previous reports have indicated that Jeep was planning on pairing the Wrangler's four-cylinder with a mild hybrid system. If true, an electric motor could be supplementing the gas engine with around 20 horsepower. That would bring the four-cylinder's output down to a more reasonable, but still impressive, 348 horsepower.
With the advent of the new turbo-four, the Wrangler's 3.6L V6 will be relegated to base-engine status. Horsepower will be unchanged at 285.
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 3.0L turbo-diesel, but the document made no mention of that powertrain.
Jeep's all-new Wrangler, which will be tagged as a 2019 model, will make its debut at next month's Los Angeles auto show.