Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler To Have Diesel, 8-Speed Auto Combo
March 5th, 2015 7:54 PM Share
We’ve said the next Jeep Wrangler would have diesel power, as well as an eight-speed auto. Now, both will be paired with each other.
Autoblog reports the specific combo is a 3-liter EcoDiesel V6 mated to a ZF eight-speed auto, following similar pairings in the Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500. When asked for official confirmation from the brand, however, representative Gabrielle Schulte said that her employer does not comment on speculation.
As for when one might be able to battle the Rubicon — or the Rubicon Outlet Mall — in a diesel-driven, eight-speed automatic Wrangler, Autoblog‘s source couldn’t confirm the model year such a beast would appear in showrooms.
Published March 6th, 2015 6:00 AM
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I suspect engine supply could be an issue. My company ordered a Ram Eco Diesel in Late Nov and we still have not been assigned a build date. We have one Eco Diesel already but we ordered it the first day they were released in early 2014. Unless they ramp up production demand for this engine is already outstripping supply.
All that wonderful low rev torque of a diesel and to throw it all away with a torque converter... Put this combo into a mall crawler, OK, give the off road enthusiasts, the people who know what they are doing, a manual and a decent low range transfer box with that diesel.
The success of this option all hinges upon the price of admission. I can see off-roaders liking it due to the better fuel economy. If you can extend driving range 15-20% in the back country that would make a huge difference. Diesel tends to be more plentiful in remote regions because there is always heavy equipment around and diesel powered gen sets. Initially I was happy to see the Ram get the VM 3.0 for similar reasons but I would be forced to buy a fairly plane basic truck to get a cargo rating that I would be happy with. That killed it for me.
My midlife crisis convertible has just been announced!