In May, 2018, 20 brand new Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited models caught fire in a factory parking lot in Toledo, OH.
Originally, some thought faulty wiring harnesses inside the new cars caused the fire. However, it was later determined the new 2.0L turbocharged models, which feature a mild hybrid system attached, had issues with their batteries. Sitting out in the sun caused the 48-volt batteries to explode. Thanks to the battery’s close placement to the fuel cell, the cars quickly burned to a crisp.
Fortunately, Jeep has allegedly come up with a way to sort the problem. Really, it’s quite simple. Jeep will install a small cloth head shield to surround the battery, ensuring that it doesn’t get too hot and explode.
We reached out to FCA, but have not yet received an official statement yet. Although, we were told we would get an answer soon. We will provide updates on the story as we get them.
Jeep’s combination of turbocharging and electrification produces 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque with the new 2.0-liter engine. Less power than the Pentastar V6, but more torque. The real winner with this engine is fuel economy. The EPA estimates 23 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, for a combined rating of 24 MPG (on the two door).
To see what we think of this new, slightly combustible powerplant, and hear about the rest of the options available on the Wrangler JL, be sure to check out the video below, where we give you a comprehensive buyer’s guide on the Jeep Wrangler JL.
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