Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Will Get Diesel And Hybrid Versions
Anticipation is growing for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler – the last, true SUV with go-anywhere capabilities and removable body panels. Well FCA has announced the all-new Wrangler, due out for the 2018 model year, will come with both a diesel and hybrid version. It seems the rough and tumble off-roader is getting more high-tech.
In the recently announced revisions to its five-year plans, FCA spoke candidly about the Jeep and other Chrysler, Ram, and Alfa Romeo vehicles. Sergio Marchionne, the automaker’s CEO, says efforts and resources will be reallocated from small sedans to more popular models like trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. That means the Wrangler will have a larger role to play in FCA’s lineup.
Fiat Chrysler has been quiet on major details concerning the upcoming Wrangler, but we do know it will retain its body-on-frame design and solid axles. We suspect the removable doors and roof will return, while the fold-flat windshield will not. Efforts to make the Wrangler more fuel efficient will likely change the squared-off Jeep into something slightly more streamlined, though without losing its iconic character.
As for its powertrain, the hybrid system is expected to be a 48-volt, mild hybrid system that supplements a gasoline engine. FCA says it’s currently developing new engines, so details on these new engines are non-existent. We do suspect a more efficient version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 will return.
The diesel will likely be an updated version of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 currently found in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both gasoline and diesel powerplants will feature Stop/Start systems as a standard feature. Regardless of engine, the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission will be offered, though the Wrangler will still offer a do-it-yourself manual transmission.
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Why it matters
The Wrangler community is one of the largest and most loyal followings in the automotive industry. From everyday owners to the massive conglomerate of aftermarket brands that carry every conceivable replacement part and up-fit feature, the Wrangler is perhaps the most customizable vehicle on the road. This entire group waits with baited breath over any news about their beloved Jeep.
The news about the hybrid drivetrain is important, giving us hope that FCA has plans on keeping the Wrangler relevant well into the future. The diesel option, on the other hand, has been a long-requested option from owners and the aftermarket alike. Nothing beats a diesel for its low-end torque, relative fuel economy, and rugged nature.
These initial details from FCA give us hope for the new generation of Wrangler. It appears the Jeep culture will have plenty to love in 2018.
Read our full review on the Jeep Wrangler here.
Source: Automotive News