If you're planning to get the all-new Jeep Wrangler with a turbo-diesel soon, tough luck. That's right, the company has no plans of bringing in any diesel-powered versions of the latest-generation 4x4.
Speaking with Auto Nation Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) Francis C. Ang, he clarified that the new Wrangler will only be available with gasoline power. That means a choice of just either the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, or the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which will be offered at a later date.
With most automakers nowadays shifting towards downsized, turbocharged engines, it would not make sense for them to bring diesel-powered Wranglers into the market anymore. Plus, most of Fiat-Chrysler's biggest markets (China, USA and parts of Europe) cater more to gasoline-powered models instead of diesel.
“Since most of FCA's key markets prefer gasoline over diesel, having to ship diesel-powered models to countries such as the Philippines does not make any business sense,” said Ang.
Ironically enough, the new 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine for the Wrangler is only being offered in Europe. With much of continental Europe turning away from diesel in favor of hybrids and electric power, Jeep could have a hard time selling a diesel-powered 4x4 over there.
In review, the new diesel engine is called the MultiJet II and it produces 200 PS with 450 Nm of torque. The all-aluminum plant is then mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and 4WD. For better fuel efficiency, the turbo-diesel comes with an auto start-stop technology.