Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Will Have Diesel, Hybrid and Pickup Truck Variants

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) confirmed that the Jeep Wrangler will be offered with a diesel engine, a hybrid powertrain and as a pickup truck.

FCA made the announcement during its 2014-2018 business plan update, which revised some of the initial plans laid out back in 2014.

The brand has confirmed that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, which is set to debut in 2017, will feature both next-gen powertrains, mild hybrid technology and a diesel engine option. In around 2022, the Wrangler will adopt a full hybrid system rather than the mild hybrid setup it will get for the 2018 model year.

No details on the diesel engine or hybrid variants were discussed, though there’s a good possibility that the diesel will be the 3.0-liter unit already used in the Ram and Grand Cherokee.

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These new powertrains are coming to the iconic Jeep because FCA needs to meet strict average fuel economy and CO2 requirements. Along with the updated powertrains, high-strength steel and alternative materials will be used to help reduce weight, active aerodynamic systems will be employed and axle disconnect and electric steering systems will be used, all in an effort to save fuel.

Jeep sales hit record levels in 2015 and FCA wants to take full advantage of that. The brand is now targeting 2 million Jeep sales by 2018, a strategy that will involve new products, including a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck along with the large Grand Wagoneer. A timeline for the new truck was not announced, though it will certainly be after 2017 when the next-generation Wrangler launches.

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Stephen Elmer
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Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Frank Frank on Jan 27, 2016

    There hasn't been a real Jeep Wrangler since 2006. The next "real Jeep" will be made by someone other than Fiat and will be a pure EV.

    • Dirtopia Dirtopia on Jan 28, 2016

      Please explain your apparent distain for the JK. They got bigger and offered a 4 door version and finally brought it into the technological age by adding some extra creature comforts. Yet still had packages available without those things. Half doors, crank windows, manual transmissions, fold down windshields. With all the extra comforts, more people can use them as a daily driver in a more comfortable and refined way. They got rid of the 4.0L, I've had many 4.0L powered Jeeps (of nearly every sort) and while they are an amazing motor, they just can't compete with power and EPA standards in today's world. The unicorn status of the LJ was an easy indicator that Jeepers/Jeeple/Offroaders wanted something bigger that still had the grunt of a Jeep. As far as I see it, the JK is the only reason Jeep was not sold off to a Chinese company years ago because every other Jeep model is weak for being a JEEP brand, strong for being anything else. Since I transitioned to my JKU nearly two years ago, I've lead and followed TJs on trails countless times. I always see the shortcomings of the short wheelbase and track width. Every.Single.Time.

  • FrownyFace3000 FrownyFace3000 on Jan 28, 2016

    Diesel? Pickup? Hell yeah. Hybrid? Why the hell not!