2018 Jeep Wrangler 2.0-Liter Turbo Models Have Finally Arrived in Dealerships [Video]

There's now an alternative to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 on dealer lots.

After a long wait, 2018 Jeep Wrangler 2.0-liter turbo models have arrived.

While dealerships on either coast tend to get vehicles first, our Colorado constituents have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler 2.0-liter turbo. With our high elevation, having forced induction top here helps – a lot. The Jeep Wrangler 2.0-liter turbo makes 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. To put that in to perspective, the Pentastar V6 make 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Jeep will only allow the eight-speed automatic transmission to be paired with the turbo, so, if you want a manual, you must get the V6.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL 2.0-liter engine pricing
The Jeep Wrangler JL’s 2.0-liter engine. [Photo: FCA]
As of the time of this post being published, only one dealership seems to have a few of these Jeeps. Johnson Auto Plaza in Brighton, Colorado, for instance, has a few in stock. You can see the inventory of new Turbo Wranglers by going to the Johnson Auto Plaza website here.

2018 Jeep Wrangler 2.0-liter turbo arriving at dealerships.
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There is a price to pay

There’s a steep price you have to swallow to get a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Turbo. According to Jeep, there is a $1,000 premium to get the turbo. However, there is an additional $2,000 to get the automatic (which you MUST get if you want the turbo). Basically, you’re paying a $3,000 premium to get the turbo.

The price benefit may come in at overall mpg. The 2019 Jeep Wrangler Turbo (with the eTorque mild hybrid system) gets 23 mpg city 25 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. If you get the none-eAssist version of the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, you get 22 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

According to Jeep.com, base price for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited 4X4 with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is $35,440.