Jeep Wrangler Needs More Engines, Transmissions: CEO

Jeep Wrangler Needs More Engines, Transmissions: CEO

The Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Grand Caravan won’t stack up to increasingly stringent fuel consumption standards and will need an overhaul soon.

“We need to roll up our sleeves and get it done,” said Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne today during an analyst call. There haven’t been any major changes to Chrysler’s planned product rollout through 2016, although Marchionne said the brand may be “rejigging the timing” of when certain products are release.

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“I think on the Wrangler side, we need to allow for the applications of new engines and new transmissions,” he said. He didn’t offer details on what powertrain changes to expect, but Jeep CEO Mike Manley said in late February that the Wrangler is “on the radar” to get a diesel engine.

A Chrysler spokesman declined to comment on engine and transmission possibilities, citing a company policy not to discuss future products.

The Grand Cherokee is offered with a 3.0-liter diesel engine for the 2014 model year and uses an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Marchionne said changes to the Wrangler won’t be coming until after the 2014 model year, and that the company intends to do so without shutting down the Toledo assembly plant.