As a Jeep fanboy, I’ve long lusted after the notion of a diesel-powered Wrangler dominating nature with low torque and great fuel economy. According to sources deep inside Chrysler, those dreams will come true for the 2016 model year. Yup, a Jeep Wrangler Diesel will make its way to showrooms in just a couple of short years.
While specific details are lacking, we can probably assume that the diesel Wrangler will get the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel that debuted in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’ll carry a serious price premium (which is about $7,000 in the Grand Cherokee) and will help mark the end of the current model, which is nearing the twilight of its existence. Up until now, Wrangler fans were left to perform diesel conversions of their own, a lengthy and expensive process.
With 240 horsepower and a whopping 420 ft-lbs of torque, the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel is still capable of delivering 30 mpg highway in the huge Grand Cherokee, and will soon crossover into Ram trucks as well. I loved everything about my old YJ Wrangler, save the gas mileage which averaged around 18 or 19 mpg. Even after two decades of progress though, the Wrangler’s fuel economy has barely budged. The diesel engine will help with that a lot.
But will it be worth a big bump in price? Considering how popular the four-door Wranglers have proven, I’m going to go ahead and say yes, very much so.