CONFIRMED?: Is This a Four-Cylinder Turbo Inside a 2018 Jeep Wrangler?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
confirmed is this a four cylinder turbo inside a 2018 jeep wrangler

Two weeks ago, we told you of a potent four-cylinder engine under development by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Now there’s physical proof of the so-called “Hurricane” mill.

Spy photos obtained by TTAC show a cloaked Jeep Wrangler test mule with the hood up and a pile of evidence underneath. The positioning of the oil fill cap points to an inline engine, and air intake ducting routed over the cam cover points to a turbocharger — in this case, a high-mounted one.

Now, will the Hurricane make the nearly 300 horsepower as has been claimed? That’s a wait-and-see thing.

Going by earlier reports, FCA will produce the 2.0-liter turbo four, which features direct injection, alongside the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 at its Trenton Engine Complex. Given its high output, the engine will likely appear in vehicles across FCA’s portfolio.

FCA needs a fuel-sipping but powerful engine to please environmental regulators when the next-generation Wrangler bows as a 2018 model. The automaker also plans to lighten the Wrangler with some aluminum parts and add a ZF eight-speed automatic as an option, with a possible plug-in hybrid available for electric off-roading.

Recent spy shots of camo-clad test vehicles show subtle styling tweaks, pointing to better aerodynamics.

Expect a diesel engine to show up before the hybrid. Jeep also plans to fling a long-awaited pickup variant into America’s outstretched arms.

[Images: © Spiedbilde/The Truth About Cars]

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  • SCE to AUX Toyota the follower, as usual. It will be 5 years before such a vehicle is available.I can't think of anything innovative from them since the Gen 1 Prius. Even their mythical solid state battery remains vaporware.They look like pre-2009 General Motors. They could fall hard.
  • Chris P Bacon I've always liked the looks of the Clubman, especially the original model. But like a few others here, I've had the Countryman as a rental, and for the price point, I couldn't see spending my own money on one. Maybe with a stick it would be a little more fun, but that 3 cylinder engine just couldn't provide the kick I expected.
  • EBFlex Recall number 13 for the 2020 Explorer and the 2020 MKExplorer.
  • CEastwood Every time something like this is mentioned it almost never happens because the auto maker is afraid of it taking sales away from an existing model - the Tacoma in this instance . It's why VW never brought the Scirrocco and Polo stateside fearful of losing Golf sales .
  • Bca65698966 V6 Accord owner here. The VTEC crossover is definitely a thing, especially after I got a performance tune for the car. The loss of VTEC will probably result in a slower vehicle overall for one reason: power under the curve. While the peak horsepower may remain the same, the amount of horsepower and torque up to that peak may be less overall. The beauty of variable cam lift is not only the ability to gain more power at upper rpm’s on the “big cam”, but the ability to gain torque down low on the “small cam”. Low rpm torque gets the vehicle moving and then big horsepower at upper rpm’s gains speed. Having only one cam profile is now introducing a compromise versus the VTEC setup. I guess it’s possible that with direct injection they are able to keep the low rpm torque there (I’ve read that DI helps with low rpm torque) but I’m skeptical it will match a well tuned variable lift setup.