Fiat Chrysler recently filed a vehicle identification number decoding document with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and according to Automotive News, the Wrangler JL will be offered with a 285 horsepower V6 and a 368 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine.
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contributor Bozi Tatarevic, we now have a chart of what’s to come in the new Wrangler JL. Those highlighted numbers are what each engine will deliver and if they are indeed real and accurate, it will mean that the Hurricane engine
’s performance exceeds our expectation from last year. In fact, the turbo’s output will surpass Ford’s 310 hp 2.3-liter turbo-four Ecoboost engine.
What we don’t see is any mention of a diesel engine. Perhaps one would come later after the next-gen Wrangler’s initial release or FCA could be avoiding it altogether if one takes into account their ongoing problem over excess diesel emissions.
Still, the leaked document is great news for Wrangler fans and if the turbo 4’s horsepower has exceed our expectations by a sizeable margin, one can only imagine its EPA rating compared to the V6’s 17/21 mpg city/highway. The eight-speed automatic transmission both engines are mated to will certainly help improve fuel economy.