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Is a diesel Wrangler finally coming to the US?

by David Zatz on

A source at the Nevada dealers’s show wrote that the next generation Jeep Wrangler would arrive in 2017, and would be capable of at least 30 mpg on the highway, most likely with a diesel engine.

2018 Jeep Wrangler ?

Diesel Wranglers have been sold for many years, but not in North America, where generally Wrangler has had a single engine choice, since the AMC four-cylinder was dropped. The last three have been the AMC 4.0 liter straight-six, the Chrysler “minivan” 3.8, and the current Pentastar V6 in a setup unique to Wrangler.

Wranglers in Europe have long used VM engines, but there have been concerns that these would not have enough horsepower for American tastes, despite adequate torque; and they do not conform to US emissions standards. New versions of the VM diesels overcome these issues, and it’s also possible Jeep will use the VM V6   engine adopted by Ram 1500 and, with less success, by the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2017 Jeep Wrangler ?

The schedule for the Wrangler is aggressive if the company were considering building or adapting a different plant than the Toledo facility; even so, it could be a rough timetable. The city of Toledo has purchased land for a factory expansion, but the transition could be difficult since Toledo is the world’s sole source of Wranglers, and the plant is already pushed to its limits.

No Jeep pickup was shown in Nevada, according to our source, but other sources have claimed that one remains in planning with target sales of 30,000-40,000 per year. This would counter the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and likely Ford Ranger.

For more on what we expect from this new vehicle, see our 2018 Jeep Wrangler page.


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