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Dreams Do Come True; Next Jeep Wrangler Will Offer A V6 Diesel

Holy crap yes!

We’ve known for some time now that Jeep is planning some significant changes to its next generation Wrangler. But don’t worry, it’ll still look and drive how a Wrangler should. Its off-road capabilities will only be improved and there’s absolutely no chance of it going hybrid. So relax. It’s cool. Expect a switch from steel to an aluminum body. However, that fold-down windshield? Likely a goner due to new safety standards.

What we’re also hearing now is that, according to Autoblog, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will offer its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 as an optional engine. What’s more, it’ll be paired to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The oil burner many of us have always wanted in a Wrangler is finally coming true, and we shouldn’t at all be surprised by this news. Reason being is that this engine/gearbox combo is already available on two other FCA models, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500. Making this available in the new Wrangler is literally a no-brainer. What can’t be confirmed as of yet is whether the diesel Wrangler will be available at launch.

In all likelihood the new base engine is going to be a turbocharged unit in place of the current 3.6-liter V6. For us, it’d be the diesel Wrangler all the way. And, funnily enough, Jeep just previewed the Europe-only Wrangler Rubicon diesel at Geneva last week. We were jealous then, but not so much now.

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