The torque-rich diesel engine could make this version of the Wrangler a fantastic off-roader.
The Jeep Wrangler Ecodiesel is on the way, and a new video from TFLnow checks in with a brand spokesperson to get the details about the much-anticipated model. When it arrives, Jeep promises the diesel variant to be the most fuel-efficient Wrangler ever and offer the longest driving range in the vehicle's history.
Gallery: Jeep Wrangler Diesel Spy Shots
The Wrangler Ecodiesel uses the 3.0-liter V6 available in the Ram 1500. However, it has a different intake and exhaust, so the powerplant makes 260 horsepower (194 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque, which is 38 lb-ft (52 Nm) less than the Ram.
Regardless of trim level, all diesel Wranglers get Dana 44 heavy-duty axles. With the ample torque, it should have no problem climbing on rocks off-road. Towing should be easier, too, but Jeep isn't offering specifics about how much it can haul yet. Pricing and the exact fuel economy aren't yet available, either.
It'll be very difficult to pick out the diesel Wrangler on the road. There's a tiny badge on the rear denoting the engine. The exhaust outlet is also slightly larger in diameter, but it's hidden underneath car, so you need to look for the difference.
The Wrangler Ecodiesel will be on sale before the end of the year. Later, the engine will also be available in the Gladiator pickup, too.
Jeep will also broaden the Wrangler powertrain lineup in 2020 by introducing a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Specifics about the setup aren't yet available, but the instant torque from the electric motor could be useful off-road.