2.0T without etorque off-road handling characteristics

Jeep pre-newbie here. Still deciding which engine to get on a new JLUR. I’ve searched but cannot find a discussion here on how the 2.0L turbo handles in 4L on the rocks, etc. On my current ride, I have to depress the skinny pedal about 2” before the revs build. I expect the 4 banger turbo will be different, of course, but would appreciate any specific insights, especially high altitude crawling. Dealer wont let me take it up Imogene Pass, strangely enough…
 

BlueRubicon

Member
I have 2.0L T e-Torque and it is fine off road and crawling. I have 37's and stock 4:10 gearing. You do not have to 'wind it up' to get it to go.
I cannot say what the non e-torque is like, however I believe it is the same engine. That being said...the e-torque with 48v battery does give additional power in the low band so it isn't apples to apples.
 
Sounds good thank you. I guess I’m concerned about pedal modulation and all that torque - how easy it is to control how suddenly it comes on…but then I worry about tne dumbest stuff 🤣
 

BlueRubicon

Member
Sounds good thank you. I guess I’m concerned about pedal modulation and all that torque - how easy it is to control how suddenly it comes on…but then I worry about tne dumbest stuff 🤣
It's not that much torque. Not a V8 with gobs of power. No big deal. Crawls great over boulders at idle.
 

Brute

Hooked
I am renting a JLU 2.0 right now...while I cannot attest to its capabilities in 4lo, I am pleasantly surprised as to how peppy this little engine is. I may cruise around Decker today and fish the S Platte...swing some soft hackles on the 4wt
 

bobfriesenhahn

Caught the Bug
Sounds good thank you. I guess I’m concerned about pedal modulation and all that torque - how easy it is to control how suddenly it comes on…but then I worry about tne dumbest stuff 🤣
It does not take much to crawl over rocks in low gear. Ancient jeeps with tiny engines are/were able to do that. A more important consideration is a feeling of turbo-lag while driving on the road, which is a consideration for any turbo vehicle. I have the 2-door JL 2.0 with E-Torque and have not noticed any issues. Someone I know has a JLU without E-Torque and he complained to me about turbo lag.
 
It does not take much to crawl over rocks in low gear. Ancient jeeps with tiny engines are/were able to do that. A more important consideration is a feeling of turbo-lag while driving on the road, which is a consideration for any turbo vehicle. I have the 2-door JL 2.0 with E-Torque and have not noticed any issues. Someone I know has a JLU without E-Torque and he complained to me about turbo lag.
Appreciate the insight. I’m keen on the Extreme Recon package so it turns out I may not have a choice on engine anyway, unless they loosen it up by the time I’m ready to order
 

Snboarder113

Active Member
It does not take much to crawl over rocks in low gear. Ancient jeeps with tiny engines are/were able to do that. A more important consideration is a feeling of turbo-lag while driving on the road, which is a consideration for any turbo vehicle. I have the 2-door JL 2.0 with E-Torque and have not noticed any issues. Someone I know has a JLU without E-Torque and he complained to me about turbo lag.
Thats a dinky sized turbo, there shouldn't be any real lag at all. I will bet however they programmed the gas pedal to not be that responsive like most modern vehicles and it takes a second to get it going.
 

DMF

Member
It does not take much to crawl over rocks in low gear. Ancient jeeps with tiny engines are/were able to do that. A more important consideration is a feeling of turbo-lag while driving on the road, which is a consideration for any turbo vehicle. I have the 2-door JL 2.0 with E-Torque and have not noticed any issues. Someone I know has a JLU without E-Torque and he complained to me about turbo lag.
Mine doesn't have e-Torque and I notice the turbo lag a lot especially when I am in stop and go traffic.
 

BlueRubicon

Member
Only time I have experienced 'lag', is for example when you are decelerating to an intersection to make say a 90 degree turn, and you get slowed down, to below 20mph, when you than accelerate either through the turn or right after, there is always a lag. Unless you are 'back revving' to keep RPM up you will have lag. Crawling I have never had an issue. Like I stated earlier, many times you idle up obstacles. The times where a bump is needed lag is not an issue. If anything, you are waiting for torque convertor, not turbo when you are powering up a boulder.
 

DMF

Member
What RPM do you feel it kick in
Maybe it's my inexperience in driving a turbo vehicle but I often find myself lunging forward too quickly to the car in front of me and having to hit my brakes. I believe it's the turbo starting to kick in. I don't have this problem when I drive my other cars nor when I had my old JK.
 

BlueRubicon

Member
Maybe it's my inexperience in driving a turbo vehicle but I often find myself lunging forward too quickly to the car in front of me and having to hit my brakes. I believe it's the turbo starting to kick in. I don't have this problem when I drive my other cars nor when I had my old JK.
If I were you I wouldn't drive anything with HP than.
 

WJCO

Meme King
Lol. Fun thread.

I've owned a few vehicles with turbos. And I don't think the 2.0L has near the lag older turbo vehicles have. I'm sure it's software related with the throttle and newer technology.

As far as the 'lunging forward,' I notice that a little too but I don't think it's the turbo. Seems transmission related to me but doesn't really feel abnormal to me, just feels different. (That's what she said).
 
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