If there’s anything that the wizards at Fiat Chrysler have proven in recent years? They can’t get enough power. We’ve already seen what these wonderfully twisted folks have done with the Hellcat, the Demon, and the Trackhawk, and it looks like the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the latest vehicle in the stable to get a big dose of ponies.
Now, we’d be totally fine if they just decided to shoehorn the supercharged Hellcat motor into venerable off-roader’s engine bay. But for the next generation Wrangler, it appears they’re doing something a little less insane in pursuit of performance. The news comes via our friends over at Jalopnik, who were recently made privy to some leaked communications between FCA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which shows that among engine options for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be a turbocharged four-cylinder pumping a whopping 368 horsepower. Now, if this document is to be believed — and we honestly don’t have any reason to think it shouldn’t be — that means the next-generation models are going to be significant power bump from current models, to the tune of nearly 100 horsepower.
It also means the new force-fed four — dubbed the Hurricane — will be one of the most robust 2.0-liters available, besting competition from Ford and Volvo, and coming in just shy of Mercedes-Benz’s 375-horsepower BlueDirect powerhouse. That said, Jeep fans looking for something naturally aspirated will still be able to opt for the 285-horsepower V-6, which should command far less of a premium than Hurricane. And while the six-pot will likely find favor with some Jeep traditionalists? We actually don’t see it sticking around for very long. After all, it didn’t take long for Ford to phase out the Mustang’s V-6 after the EcoBoost was released, and we can see FCA doing something similar here.
Regardless, there are lots of changes in store for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, including more aerodynamic lines and use of weight-saving aluminum, so it should be exciting when the new models hit your local AutoNation dealer.