Jeep is working on a new Wrangler.
It’s due on the market late next year, most likely as a 2018 model, and it’s clear from spy shots that its design will be evolutionary. Production is also set to continue in Toledo, Ohio.
However, there will be some key differences for the new Wrangler, officially a JL series. One is the fact that there will be a pickup bodystyle in addition to the 2-door Wrangler and 4-door Wrangler Ultimate. Another key difference will be the availability of a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.
4-cylinder part of efficiency drive
News of the 4-cylinder only emerged a weeks ago and now there are photos of a prototype with its hood open. The photos, which can be found at JL Wrangler Forums, reveal the engine, although it should be stressed that we're talking about a prototype so not indicative of the production unit.
The engine, code-named the Hurricane, will reportedly have a displacement of 2.0 liters and an output as high as 300 horsepower in some guises. In addition to turbocharging, the engine is said to also be benefiting from direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.
The 4-cylinder is expected to be just one of the options Jeep employs to improve the efficiency of the Wrangler. Others are thought to be the availability of an 8-speed automatic as well as diesel and hybrid options.