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.