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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.

Courtesy of Jalopnik 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.
 

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Sounds about right since this is a growing trend with car makers, over the past few years boosted 4cylinder engines have proven to make as much as V6's when it comes to torque and horsepower. My main concern here would be the torque curve, we need enough low end torque.
 

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Sounds about right since this is a growing trend with car makers, over the past few years boosted 4cylinder engines have proven to make as much as V6's when it comes to torque and horsepower. My main concern here would be the torque curve, we need enough low end torque.
car makers have no choice and the longer FCA puts off downsizing its engines the more they will find themselves in the hole
just wait till this round of auto shows coming up finally end and you will see how much downsizing is happening, its good and scary at the same time.
 

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Aren't turbo engines only good for high reving drives and not off roading because it's not made for low RPM torque?
 

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That's not a rule for turbo engines, they can have low-end torque as well or be tuned specifically for low end torque so you don't have to worry about it. I would go with the V6 for reliability.
 
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