Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Diesel Under Consideration

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Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Diesel Under Consideration

With the next-generation Jeep Wrangler up for approval in the next 10 weeks, FiatChrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the American automaker plans to put the new Wrangler on a diet and add powertrain options to improve fuel economy.

In addition to updating the Wrangler’s architecture, Jeep will be looking to spring some weight from the Wrangler while looking at ways to ramp up production to meet demand. According to Marchionne, the Wrangler’s U.S. sales rose 10 percent last year to 155,502 units and the automaker is at capacity. Currently, the Jeep Wrangler is available with a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. A diesel powerplant is being considered along with more fuel-efficient transmission options.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Jeep Wrangler May Ditch Solid Axles

Marchionne also shared more information on the next-generation minivan from Chrysler, stating that the design is now 95 percent complete and will arrive in the next 24 to 30 months. He also confirmed that the Alfa Romeo 4C will arrive sometime in 2015.

GALLERY: 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler

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[Source: Automotive News]

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  • bagger

    Lighter weight, diesel Wrangler….sign me up!

  • bkiserx7

    Agreed!

  • JoeKlip

    The neglect to say diesel comes with IFS.

  • Moordie

    Adding IFS is just conceding that the Wrangler is only marketing to high school girls going forward…. Shove your mall crawler design up your Italian arses Fiat.

  • jT

    I’m from Australia and I have a JK Diesel and it’s great. I got 800km out of an 80L tank. Front end is not IFS it’s still live axle. The turbo Diesel VN Motori engine is actually quite gustsy with 380NM of Torque. Apologies for the Metric units of measure.

  • UTAH Bill

    You boys need to be educated. The Hummer H1 has a very strong IFS system that contributes to much better ground clearance. If Jeep does IFS on the new Wrangler right, it will challenge the assumption solid axles are always better.

  • PP

    The Rubicon Unlimited with 3L V6 mated to an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox – now that sounds like a serious machine.

  • meach4x4

    Educated? As an owner of both solid-axled Jeeps and IFS Toyotas, I think you have to compare an FJ Cruiser to a JK. Both are capable vehicles in stock trim. However, when you start to modify those two vehicles to gain five or six inches of frame and body clearance, the solid axle will be much less expensive to modify. Try putting 35 inch or larger tires on an IFS rock crawler, and you find out why there are so many builders that go to SAS. Can you build an IFS that is tough and has good clearance? Of coarse, but it will be much more expensive.

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