Four-Cylin­der Fan

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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

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