Jeep updated Wrangler engine rangeJune 27, 2020
Jeep Wrangler 2021 model year has lost a 2.0-liter turbo engine with eTorque.
As the iconic Jeep Wrangler SUV enters the new model year, Fiat Chrysler has made some minor changes to the lineup of power plants, although the most important, most discussed option for the future engine is still missing. This is a 4xe hybrid powerplant, which everyone has been waiting for since it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January this year.
Instead, Wrangler car owners who care about fuel will have to settle for an FCA eTorque quasi-hybrid system that uses an alternator with a 48-volt belt to provide start and stop functions and, if necessary, increase engine torque during acceleration.
However, even the eTorque status is slightly reduced, as it is completely excluded from all 2.0-liter turbocharged models. The eTorque system was installed on all 2.0 L Wrangler turbo engines before it became exclusive to the Sahara 2.0L 2020 model year, but now it will not be available even in Sahara. Thus, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine remains the only power plant equipped with the eTorque system.
As for the Pentastar, it also remains the only engine that offers a 6-speed manual gearbox as an option, although to get an eTorque, you will have to switch to an 8-speed “automatic”. In addition, Wrangler SUVs equipped with a manual transmission get a simpler engine start and stop system.
Finally, the FCA Turbocharged 3.0A EcoDiesel V6 returns with standard engine start and stop, exclusively on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited and is supported by an 8-speed automatic transmission. This will undoubtedly disappoint fans of the two-door Wrangler, hoping to gain access to its monumental engine with 600 Nm of torque, not to mention diesel enthusiasts who prefer three pedals to two.
All this makes us wonder what will be under the hood of the plug-in hybrid 4xe model. Some speculate that the Wrangler PHEV will be equipped with a 2.0-liter “turbo four,” which, theoretically, would allow the electric motor to fill torque while the turbine is still trying to spin, but this remains to be confirmed. In any case, the order books of the updated Jeep Wrangler will open in early to mid-July, with or without the 4xe version. Price on Jeep Wrangler will be known later.
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