Just last week a vehicle identification number decoding document was discovered, something Fiat Chrysler filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and on it was a list of Wrangler JL engines with corresponding power outputs. Fans were most likely excited at the prospect of getting a 368 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine as an option, but that may now be off the table.
Automotive News recently found out Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has rescinded that snippet from the document they filed with the NHSTA, replacing the engine’s horsepower with “NR” (not rated). Perhaps the original figure was a simple paperwork error or an early leak. When questions, FCA declined to comment on refiled version.
Though a detuned version of Jeep’s new “Hurricane” turbo I4 engine would make more sense in something like the Wrangler JL, a vehicle that fares better with low-end torque. A 368-hp I-4 would have put the Wrangler on par with something like the Mercedes CLA45 AMG, not something usually seen in any stock trim.
Perhaps then earlier reported 300 hp is more realistic for the Hurricane. In any case, we should hear more shortly with the Wrangler JL’s production date approaching (November).