The 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been spied out testing the newest engine offering, the 2.0L four cylinder turbo “Hurricane” engine!Images captured by and originally posted to JLWranglerForums.com give us our first glimpse at the new turbo Wrangler motor.
These images of the engine were captured while engineers had the hood popped when they were out testing a new JL Wrangler mule that was covered from bumper to bumper in camo.
The Jeep Wrangler Hurricane Engine
The Hurricane Turbo 4-cylinder engine has already been confirmed for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and it is easy to tell that the engine in these spy shots are it. We know it is a turbo engine because of the air intake ducting being routed over the top of the cam cover, with what appears to be a high-mounted turbo setup.
While this is far-off from how it will look come production time considering it is a mess of wires and hoses, however, this is still a great preview of what is to come. Also worth pointing out, the longitudinal engine orientation in the Wrangler may mean that some parts will have to be reworked when the engine is introduced to other Jeep models, such as the Cherokee and other front-wheel drive FCA cars.
Hurricane Power Output and Transmission
While it is still too early for dyno-backed numbers, numerous inside sources have stated the turbo Jeep engine will be putting down a whopping 300 HP, 15 HP more than the current Pentastar V6. There have also been some rumors that the Hurricane setup is going to be the basis of a plug-in-hybrid Wrangler that is expected to come sometime later in the production of the JL Wrangler.
As far as shifting gears, it looks like the Hurricane model may only be getting an automatic transmission. The new 850RE 8-speed transmission has been confirmed for the 2018 Hurricane equipped Wrangler, while the manual 6-speed has not. However, details are still emerging on a weekly basis, so I think we can hold on to hope of this engine be offered with a manual.
What are your thoughts on the Hurricane Engine? Do you think it will be a tornado of power or just some over-hyped marketing?
All images from JLWranglerForums.com