Fiat Chrysler has rescinded the information it filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning the power output of the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine it plans to put in some versions of the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
Previously, FCA had told NHTSA in a filing first noticed by thetruthaboutcars.com that the turbo four-banger would produce an astonishing 368 hp. But after that information became public, FCA this week refiled its notice with NHTSA, removing the 368-hp rating and changing it to "NR" (not rated). The website gets credit as well for noticing the update.
Was the 368-hp rating an early leak, a typographical error, or just a big whoops?
FCA declined to comment on the change.
However, a 368-hp I-4 would be right near the current peak of the all-important power-rating-per-liter of displacement that global automakers have been able to pull from their 2.0-liter engines. Such an engine would be counterintuitive in a heavy, boxy vehicle like the Wrangler, which has previously thrived on the low-end torque available from its current 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6.
Production of the JL Wrangler is scheduled to begin in November on a newly built line at FCA's Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio.