It’s a far cry from a Jeep, but my wife recently picked up an Alfa Romeo Giulia and I absolutely love it. I keep making excuses to drive it because of the copious amounts of torque available early in the powerband. It just pulls and pulls and is a thrill to drive. For comparison, she traded in an ATS with the GM version of a 2.0L turbo with similar numbers on paper, but the experience isn’t even close, in large part due to the superior engine in the Alfa.
With the ever-expanding dimensions of each subsequent generation of Wrangler, I wasn’t exactly impressed when I first heard that the new JL was getting a turbo fourcylinder, especially as an option. But then a couple days ago I heard the engine going into the JL was pretty much the same one in the Giulia. The reaction of many Jeepers to this news I imagine would range from “What’s an Alfa?” (as mine would been have been not long ago) to “What the heck is FCA thinking sharing engines between a Wrangler and an Italian sport sedan?” With the additional weight and the aerodynamics of a sailboat, the JL will certainly have less gusto, but I have been converted into believing the 2.0L will serve it well off-road. It will probably take some getting used to due to the turbo, but it will have low to midrange torque that I could have only dreamed of in my 4.0L TJ. On top of that, this engine is incredibly efficient, which would be a nice bonus compared to the 13-15 mpg Jeeps I am used to driving. Kristopher Rotter