Those who still haven’t pulled the trigger on a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler now has one more powertrain option to choose from, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Some may hesitate to go for the four-cylinder because of its price, which by itself only costs an additional $1,000 but it’s only available with the eight-speed automatic transmission. That’s a $2,000 option, meaning the total price for the 2.0-liter is $3,000.
In MotorTrend’s experience, “the turbocharged four-cylinder pairs well with the auto. Turbo lag isn’t an issue, and it can rock crawl so well, few people will miss the naturally aspirated V-6.” Perhaps these are enough reasons to sway the hesitant buyer.
Anther perk is the eTorque system, which is essentially a mild hybrid system that replaces the standard alternator. It’ll provide electric power assist and come with a fuel shut-off system. Thanks to this, we should see an improvement in fuel economy.
But what the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 does have is more horsepower at 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s 15 more ponies compared to the inline-four’s 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Those waiting for the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will have to wait a while longer as it isn’t expected ot arrive until next year.