Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is giving off-road enthusiasts another reason to consider buying the Jeep Wrangler, and it has little to do with the model’s rugged looks or go-anywhere capability.
The American car manufacturer has announced that four-door units of the vehicle will be available with a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine beginning the fourth quarter of this year. The mill will have an output of 260hp and 599Nm, the latter being the nameplate’s highest torque rating ever. To cope with this, Jeep has paired the engine with a new eight-speed automatic transmission calibrated for low-rpm shifts.
Perhaps more important, the new EcoDiesel engine will give the 2020 Wrangler the most efficient drive in the history of the model.
“One of the most common questions consumers have asked us over the last few years has been, ‘Will you please offer a Jeep Wrangler diesel?’ and I’m pleased to answer that with a resounding, ‘Yes!’” Jeep head Jim Morrison says.
“I recently drove the new Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel on the Rubicon Trail and can unquestionably attest to its incredible off-road capability. Combining that unmatched off-road capability with the vehicle’s fun-to-drive on-road performance, best-ever Wrangler fuel economy, and incredible driving range underwrites the fact that our customers knew exactly what they were asking for.”
In the Philippines, the Jeep Wrangler is available with either a 2.0-liter turbocharged in-four gasoline engine with 268hp and 400Nm, or a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gasoline capable of 286hp and 353Nm.
We have already reached out to Jeep Philippines to ask if the new EcoDiesel engine will be made available locally. We’ll update this story once the company gets back to us.