Last year, we heard a rumor that Jeep was developing a new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine for the all-new 2018 Wrangler. Last night, , and subsequently, a document that seems to indicate this engine will kick out an astonishing 368 hp. From a two-liter engine, that's an outrageous amount of horsepower—especially in an off-roader like the Wrangler.
Sadly, this won't be the case. A source familiar with the 2018 Wrangler tells Road & Track that this figure is dead wrong.
Shown above, a speculative rendering of what the 2018 Wrangler Unlimited could look like.
We were skeptical when we first saw this horsepower figure. A 368-horse 2.0-liter would make the Wrangler the second most powerful four-cylinder car on the market, just behind the 375-hp 2.0-liter turbo in the Mercedes-AMG CLA and GLA 45. Such a Jeep engine, if it existed, would out-muscle the 2.0-liter turbocharged engines in the 362-hp Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, as well as the 350-hp Porsche 718 Boxster S and Cayman S. It'd also significantly out-muscle the current Wrangler's 285-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, an engine that's expected to be offered in the next-gen model.
Previously, we reported that the Wrangler's new turbo four could make around 300 horsepower—still a lot for a 2.0-liter, but not unreasonable. With the all-new JL-generation Wrangler set to debut at the LA Auto Show in late November, we don't have long to wait to find out exactly how much power this new 4x4 will make.
Update 10/11/17 3:13 pm: It looks like FCA removed the Wrangler's horsepower from that NHTSA document.