The Wrangler's future has never looked so bright.
Last week we got word that not only will Jeep Wrangler production remain in Toledo, Ohio, but also that that factory will soon have increased capacity by 50 percent due to Cherokee production moving elsewhere. The extra space will not only allow for more Wrangler production, but also for the possibility of a pickup version as well as something we’ve also been clamoring for: a Wrangler diesel. According to Automotive News, some Jeep dealerships see both truck and diesel variants as winners already.
A pickup Wrangler, obviously, would be ideal for those who love off-roading and camping and require space for all of their muddy gear. But a diesel Wrangler could catch on to an even greater audience due its efficiency and generous torque. Chrysler’s very own 3.0-liter diesel V6, currently optional in the Ram 1500, seems to be a no-brainer. "I’ve had more people ask about a diesel Wrangler than I have about a pickup, but if pricing (on the pickup) is decent, it will sell," stated the owner of two Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealerships in Houston. He currently sells around 100 new Wranglers every month. When will we know Jeep’s Wrangler plans? We’re hoping for an announcement of some sort at Detroit in January.