That oil-burner Wrangler you've been craving is nearly here.
It's no secret Jeep will launch a diesel-powered version of its all-new Wrangler in both Europe and the US. However, Americans eager for an oil-burner Wrangler have been left without much information as to when dealership sales will begin. Today, we seem to have our answer thanks to the folks at Jeep Wrangler Forums who have uncovered order codes for the 2019 Wrangler diesel.
Specifically, order code "26" is for the four-door Unlimited Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trims powered by a 3.0-liter V6 CRD diesel with an engine start-stop system. This V6 diesel is expected to produce around 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, though an exact output has yet to be confirmed by Jeep.
This engine, the same one that powers the Grand Cherokee diesel, will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In Europe, however, the diesel-powered Wrangler has a 2.2-liter turbo four-cylinder with 200 hp and 332 lb-ft. Additional confirmation codes the forum found is "22" and "25." The latter is for the upcoming 3.6-liter BSG (belt start generator) engine, which will be available for each standard trim, but the transmission remains unknown for now.
As for code "22," well, that's actually a bit more of a mystery. The information indicates it's for both two- and four-door models in Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trims. What could it be indicating?
One possibility is for that same 3.0 V6 diesel paired to a six-speed manual instead of the eight-speed slushbox as mentioned above. This could be wishful thinking we admit, but we should receive official confirmation from Jeep in the near future. We also don't know when exactly the diesel Wrangler will go on sale, meaning it may not arrive until sometime later next year. It's also possible Jeep could unveil the oil-burner Wrangler at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, so let's keep our fingers crossed.