2018 Jeep Wrangler Engine Options Revealed: Report

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Engine Options Revealed: Report

Plenty of speculating has been done over the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and now what could be a credible source has leaked information on the engine options. 

Jalopnik, sourcing an anonymous tip from a worker at an FCA engine plant, is reporting that the new Wrangler will have a total of six different engine options, including two versions of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, two versions of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two diesel options, a 2.2-liter and a 3.0-liter.

This story corroborates rumors that a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine would serve as the base option, though the tip did not specifically mention the small engine as a turbo. New diesel options have also been expected for some time with the Wrangler, though the possibility of two different diesels hasn’t been discussed. It’s always possible that one of these diesels will be available in Europe only, though availability remains to be seen.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior Spied for First Time

Info on the body styles was also leaked, with a total of five different roof options available. There will, of course, still be two- and four-door configurations, while buyers will be able to choose between a black soft top, tan soft top, black hard top, body-color hardtop and a power-retractable soft top. A new small pickup based on the Wrangler is on its way as well.

Few secrets are left for the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which recently had its interior exposed in spy photos. Expect it to debut sometime before the end of 2017.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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  • Willsee

    Jeeps have maintained some level of reliability over the years partly due to simplicity. 6 different engines just sounds like trouble. I am personally dealing with the faltering of the 3.6L caused by a premature launch in my 2012 JK.
    It will sell and it will be successful from a numbers standpoint… BUT if TSBs and recalls force another round of forced 10 year powertrain warranty extensions the brand’s “rugged” image will eventually take a hit.

  • Scott

    can’t believe that Jeep still refuses to pull the option lever for the Hemi even though it is a nice fit. That and I can’t believe they don’t make better axle choices for the rubicons

  • Steve Kline

    The Hemi is such an expensive option and would only draw limited attention. Nothing wrong with a Dana 44, current Rubicon is fine with the equipment it comes with. I’d rather see factory options for lifts and protection packages including bumpers and tire carriers and high clearance fenders.

  • Plus the Hemi is *wide*. Putting the Hemi into the Wrangler would make the Jeep too wide. The 3.6L only barely fits in the JK, they had to turn the battery sideways to make enough room for it!

  • And yes, I’m aware that there’s people who have “fit” the Hemi into the JK. For some definition of “fit” that includes removing the vacuum brake booster because the engine hits it and going to a remote brake booster, and other hackery that obviously isn’t reasonable for a production vehicle.

  • Jeepthrills23

    Agreed. One of the first thing people do is lifts and tires. Too often they are forced to go budget because they have to do it after market. If Jeep had more options from the factory it would soften the blow and let you spread that over the life of the vehicle. The bumpers and carriers are a huge issue too.

  • Jeepthrills23

    Living near the Chyrsler Tech Center I have had a few reliable sources, not trying to be all big time, tell me that it won’t pass the crash testing with a HEMI. The things are basically tin cans on wheels. That said I’m still kicking myself for not buying the totaled 07 Grand Cherokee that my friend was selling in January that had one with under 90k that was in perfect shape.

  • JimLimProject

    4.0 please

  • Scott

    the Hemi is not even close to being too wide. So many Hemi’s in JK’s now it isn’t even a challenge. Bolt on kits are all over the place. There are 5.7 and 6.4 Hemi’s everywhere out there.

  • Scott

    actually it only costs about $6000 to put one in. Shop down here does them all the time, puts the 6.4L in for $8000. I definately would have paid that for one when I bought mine. Mine now has 37’s, 4.5″ lift and alot of other upgrades. Waiting on a decent income tax return to pull the trigger on the Hemi though. Maybe next year…lol

  • Every single one of which has the brake booster relocated and the battery box modified so it can fit. All of which presents a safety issue which is why Chrysler doesn’t do it even though the 5.7L actually doesn’t change the real fuel economy of the vehicle by much so there’s no CAFE reason to not do it. The JK Wrangler is *NARROW* between the wheel wells and was designed for a 60 degree V6, not a 90 degree V8.

  • Arnold Piedrahita

    Scott can you give me the name and contact info that puts in the 6.4 for $8K? Thanks

  • arnoldp

    Scott can you give me the name and contact info of the shop that puts in the 6.4 for $8K? Thanks

  • Mike Daniel

    “Rugged” doesn’t mean “reliable”. You need a Honda or Toyota for reliable.

  • Cl Reply

    I totally agree… I have a 2016 Rubicon and my only criticism is the engine and lack of power and towing capability. Very disappointing to hear the new Wrangler will still not have the Hemi option, pretty crazy considering how many other models FCA offers the Hemi in.

  • Cl Reply

    I don’t think so… It’ll cost about $20K to get a 6.1 and a little more for the 6.4 conversion done.

  • Cl Reply

    The Hemi will fit the the JK without having to remove vacuum brake booster or anything else. The problem is that the aftermarket price (including engine) to do the swap is $20K and up. That’s too much for most people. However, form the factory a Hemi option would cost more like $3295 (for the 5.7L) as it currently is for the Grand Cherokee. I don’t see FCA ever offering the 6.4L in the Wranlger as that engine isn’t even an option on the Grand Cherokee and most other vehicles. But the 5.7L would be a great option for the Wrangler. It would boost HP, Towing ability, Torque, and with cylinder deactivation fuel economy would probably be as good if not better than currently on the JK with the 3.6L engine.

  • Scott

    the shop is local to Jacksonville. You would have to have your vehicle here for them to be able to do the install. You can find them pretty easy on the Jacksonville Craigslist as well.

  • VulpineMac

    I am so sorely tempted to go for the pickup truck… But ONLY if they include an extended-cab version; I do NOT want four full doors and have no need for ’em. The original Gladiator concept from ’05 is the perfect cab configuration for me.

  • Really?

    Some Hondas today are no longer reliable. ie Civics are now assembled in Europe, engine made in Thailand and the only thing thats made in Japan is the transmission. Honda is now relying on its past reputation to sell garbage vehicles. Toyota Tacoma is no better.