Will the diesel ever make its way to America?
The all-new Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are continuing their global rollout as the automaker has just released official details for the Euro-spec models, due in showrooms in September. Perhaps the biggest difference between the North American and overseas market version is the latter’s optional diesel engine. It’s a 2.2-liter Multijet II turbo four-cylinder rated at 197 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. Euro buyers can also opt for the same 2.0-liter turbo four that’ll go on sale stateside, rated at 268 hp and 295 lb-ft.
The familiar 3.6-liter V6 with 280 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque will once again be available in North America, but not in Europe. However, customers in the Middle East, Africa and Russia can also get the V6. All engines in all markets are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. European buyers will have a choice of three trim levels, Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. All three can be had with either two- or four-dour body styles. The Sahara can also be optioned with the new Overland package, which includes unique 18-inch aluminum wheels, body color grille, a body-colored spare tire cover and leather interior.
The Sport and Sahara trims will come standard with the Command-Trac all-wheel drive system, but if you’re serious about off-roading then you’ll want the Rubicon’s Rock-Trac all-wheel drive system that can handle even more brutal terrain. Both systems feature a full-time two-speed transfer case. Other options include the Sky One-Touch soft-top, Zipperless Premium Sunrider soft top, and the modular and removable three-panel Freedom hard top. The interior features a 3.5- or 7-inch display in the driver instrument cluster, and a 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen with the UConnect infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment.
Basically, it’s the same Wrangler, save for the diesel option, we can buy here in the US. Chances are the oil burner option won't be made available stateside as FCA announced not long ago that it’ll quit diesel entirely in the next few years. The diesel was already planned for the Euro Wrangler before that announcement. Eventually, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid Wrangler will go on sale for most, if not all, global markets.