And a price hike?
For the past several months, a sizable chunk of Jeep’s attention has been turned towards the all-new Gladiator. With the launch now behind it, a certain other signature Jeep will soon be back in the spotlight, the Wrangler. Although it was all-new for the 2018 model year, Jeep has reportedly decided it’s time for some updates including a new trim package and powertrain updates – and a price hike.
According to Moparinsiders.com, which received its information from Jeep dealerships, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Limited are set to receive a number of new options, many of which will benefit lower trim models. For starters, the optional LED exterior lighting package will be available for the Sport S trim while automatic high-beam headlight control has been added to the Advanced Safety Group, though only when equipped with the 84-inch Uconnect touchscreen with Navigation.
There’s also going to be an all-new model, the Wrangler Black & Tan Edition package. Based on the Sport S, this new offering adds items like a tan premium Sunrider soft top with an optional dual top, 17-inch Machined Granite Crystal Wheels wearing all-terrain rubber, black Jeep fender badges, side steps, Heritage tan cloth seats, a 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The Black & Tan Edition can be had in both two-door and four-door configurations and will cost an extra $1,695 over the Sport S.
A total of 12 exterior colors will be offered for 2020 as well, while Heritage Tan will replace Dark Saddle as an interior color.
As for the powertrain updates, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 is set to arrive but not until later in the year. All Wrangler Saharas with automatic transmissions are set to receive an eTorque mild hybrid setup with the 3.6-liter V6. For now, this will be the only Wrangler model in the lineup to have this combo. The 2.0-liter eTorque option from the Sport and Rubicon models will be replaced with a non-eTorque version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Electronic Stop-Start will be optional. Only Sahara models will have the 2.0-liter eTorque. To compensate for this loss, Jeep has dropped those model’s prices by $1,500. However, the 2020 Wrangler will get a base price increase of $250 across the board, though Sport and Rubicon models with the non e-Torque engine will cost less than last year.
We’re still waiting for an official statement from Jeep to clarify all of the above information and we’ll provide an update once it arrives.