Ever since the release of the third-generation Jeep Wrangler (codenamed JK), the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 has been the default engine of choice (apart from the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel from VN Motori) for the revered 4x4. The six-cylinder, gas-powered engine provided adequate performance in both on- and off-road conditions, and was also known to be a smooth operator.
Fast forward to the fourth-generation JL Wrangler, and it seems the V6 has been relegated as an optional alternative. That's because locally, the new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is now the standard engine of choice. There's a new 2.2-liter turbo-diesel over in Europe but it will not be offered here in the Philippines, however.
While it appears that downsized turbo-gasoline engines are now favored by many, Jeep is not giving up on brute diesel power just yet. Apparently, the Wrangler is set to be available with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 derived from the Ram 1500.
You read it right, the mighty diesel V6 will reportedly be making its way to the JL Wrangler. To be introduced in 2020, it will supposedly be mated to the same eight-speed automatic transmission that is seeing use in both the 2.0-liter turbo, and 3.6-liter V6 engines. But how much power will the EcoDiesel Wrangler produce we hear you asking?
Sadly Jeep has yet to reveal the official output figures. However, we estimate that it will not be too far off from the power ratings of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel which produces an impressive 243 PS and 569 Nm of torque. Compared to the 2.2-liter turbo-diesel over in Europe, the 3.0-liter V6 beats the four-banger by 43 PS and 119 Nm of torque.
In order to differentiate it from the rest of the lineup, the EcoDiesel Wrangler will apparently wear a '3.0D' badge. Like the other engine variants, 4x4 with center and rear locking differentials will be offered. In addition, in-car amenities such as automatic climate control, Uconnect touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well optional leather interior can be specified in the Wrangler 3.0D.
But will it be available here in the Philippine market? We're hoping it will. However, Jeep Philippines has already stated that there will no longer be turbo-diesels on offer for the all-new Wrangler. Perhaps Jeep can offer the EcoDiesel V6 as an indent order special for those that prefer the Ram's Ecodiesel engine. Fingers crossed that is what they do. For now, the PH-spec Wrangler is only available with either a turbocharged four-cylinder, or a naturally-aspirated V6.
Source: Car & Driver