The American-spec Wrangler will get a diesel, too.
Buyers in Europe can order the off-roader with a brand-new 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. It makes 200 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 331 pound-feet of torque at a relatively low 2,000 rpm. It comes with a stop-start system but Jeep hasn’t released fuel economy figures yet.
The other engine offered is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that burns gasoline. It makes 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Jeep doesn’t offer the Pentastar V6 in Europe.
Four-wheel drive comes standard, as you’d expect, but the only transmission offered is an eight-speed automatic. Jeep dropped the six-speed manual, a surprise in a market that continues to favor stick-shifts over automatics in many segments.
Jeep offered a turbodiesel in the last-generation Wrangler, too, and a majority of buyers selected it. The firm has never stuffed an oil-burner in an American-spec Wrangler but that will soon change. Decision-makers remain committed to adding a turbodiesel to the powertrain line-up in the not-too-distant future. It’s too early to tell whether it will be the same 2.2-liter sold in Europe, however.
Photography by Byron Hurd.