Up until 2006, the Jeep Wrangler was still available with an engine with origins dating back to the 1960s. It was then offered with engines from Chrysler minivans and the PT Cruiser before finally getting a respectable motor in the form of the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6. With the introduction of the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, now many are wondering…will the Wrangler get a diesel engine too?
Rumor has it that Chrysler is considering a diesel engine option for the Wrangler, though that hinges on the sales of the diesel engine in the Grand Cherokee. Jeep has offered diesel engines before, most notably in the Jeep Liberty, but sales never really took off. But consumers seem more willing to embrace diesel engines now that gas prices are once again creeping towards $4.00 a gallon.
With 240 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque, the EcoDiesel V6 would offer more pulling power than any previous Wrangler engine. That is great news for off-roaders, as is the 30 mpg rating the EcoDiesel engine gets in the Grand Cherokee. In the smaller, lighter Wrangler, fuel mileage could be even better. As a former Wrangler owner, I know a thing or two about the cost of keeping these Jeeps topped off. Europe has enjoyed access to diesel Wranglers for years now, but in America it has never been an option.
I’m not alone in looking forward to an EcoDiesel engine in the next Wrangler, but what will it take to convince Chrysler to make this rumor a reality?
Source: The Detroit Free Press