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SPIED: 2018 Jeep Wrangler With Turbo Inline-Four

Posted in News on May 18, 2016
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Photographers: Brian Williams

As we reported last week, the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will receive an optional engine in the form of an efficiency-minded turbocharged I-4. That motor, codenamed Hurricane, took its first bow in public today, as evidenced by these spy shots.

Since these photos are of a test mule, the engine is far from its final form. The ductwork and underhood wiring seen here will surely be cleaned up for the production version of the 2.0L Hurricane. As such, we can’t tell much about the engine, but we can make out a prominent turbocharger and related periphery. What’s more, the engine’s application in the Wrangler proves it will be designed for longitudinal use, although we expect it’ll show up in the Cherokee’s next generation mounted transversely.

Forced induction on the Hurricane will come via a single twin-scroll turbocharger, with direct fuel injection and the company’s MultiAir intake valve system for increased power and efficiency. Additionally, it’s likely an auto start-stop system will arrive for additional fuel savings and reduced emissions.

The Wrangler’s 300hp Hurricane engine will be optional, with an updated 3.6L Pentastar V-6 soldiering on as standard and producing around 290 hp. At the top of the engine lineup, for now at least, will be a 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 that makes just 240 hp but more than 400 lb-ft. Rumors are flying that Jeep will offer a hybrid-powered Wrangler later in the model’s life cycle, and while that sounds unusual, there’s no denying how useful an electric motor’s instant torque would be while crawling around Moab or the Rubicon.

Which would be your pick: the efficiency-minded turbo I-4, the bargain-sale Pentastar, the torquey EcoDiesel, or the gee-whiz hybrid?

Source: SpiedBilde Photography

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