UPDATE: As expected, the 368-hp figure appears to have been a mistake on Jeep’s part. The NHTSA documents have been updated to reflect a new output of “NR,” or “not rated.”
As we get closer to its launch, more news is starting to leak out about the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, code-named JL. According to the Wrangler-obsessed folks at the JLWrangler forum, a document sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed the JL Wrangler will have a turbocharged I4 gasoline engine; no surprise there, but according to the document, the 2.0-liter I4 will have 368 hp.
While the figure could be a typo, that doesn’t seem likely considering the official capacity of a document going to NHTSA. The post on the JLWrangler forum also included the email seemingly sent from an employee at Fiat Chrysler of America, Jeep’s parent company, to NHTSA — adding to the number’s legitimacy.
If the turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 does have the alleged output, that would make it the highest specific-output I4 in production — pushing figures higher than the 2-liter AMG turbo-four in the CLA45 (355 hp) and the 2.3-liter I4 in the Ford Focus RS with its advertised 350 hp. We reached out to Jeep for comment, but the company declined.
What is missing in the NHTSA document is information about the diesel-burning four-cylinder. That’s probably because the gasoline engines are going to launch with the upcoming Wrangler, and the diesel burner is expected to tag along shortly after. It looks like we’re going to have to wait until the Wrangler debuts at the LA Auto Show later this year to get official specs.