We’ve all looked up at the first star in the sky and wished for something outlandish. Maybe it was a pony, maybe it was a hovercraft, maybe it was for a thousand puppies with pizzas and Playstation games strapped to their backs. The point is, we’ve all tried to wish for something seemingly outside the realm of possibilities and been let down. But, we’re here to tell you that sometimes, just sometimes, wishes really do come true. Let us explain …
The Jeep Wrangler has long since been the bastion of versatile fun and youthful utilitarianism. In the Wrangler you have everything you could ever want in a vehicle. Can it transport a bunch of friends? Check. Can it haul a small water toy to the lake or ocean? Check. Can it carry a hundred pounds of dog food and the dogs too? Check. Can it handle almost any weather situation you’ll encounter on any continent in the world? Check. Can you take the roof off and enjoy the sun and wind convertible style? Check. Does it come with a manual transmission? Check. The Wrangler seemingly has everything, except for one fatal flaw. The Wrangler is notorious for having horrific fuel mileage and not so great towing capacity. But all that might change.
As it stands right now, you can have your new JL-gen Wrangler with one of two engine choices. Either the antiquated-yet-ageless normally aspirated 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces the same 285-horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque it has for the last seven centuries or the newer more interesting 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder that produces an impressive 270-horsepower and even more impressive 295 lb-ft of torque. But, we have come across some very exciting, if not definite, news. According to various Jeep forums, there are new order codes showing up at Jeep dealerships (specifically order code 26 for those interested) that are said to be for the 3.0-liter diesel V6.
What does a diesel V6 mean for the Wrangler? Well, if we use some logical deductive reasoning, we can probably expect the same Ecodiesel engine that is offered from Chrysler to power both the current RAM 1500 and, not surprisingly, the current Jeep Grand Cherokee. That nigh-five grand uncharge motor will net you 240-horsepower and a whopping 420 lb-ft of torque, which translates to a towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. And the bigger news is that the diesel crushes when it comes to fuel economy to the tune of 22/30/25 city/highway/combined. This engine choice is to be offered on the Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trim levels and will be mated to Jeeps newer eight-speed automatic transmission. Now there are rumors of the diesel motor being paired with the six-speed manual, for what we would imagine would be the ultimate in Jeep-dom, but so far there is no confirmation on that particular wish.
But, a Jeep that can touch 30 legitimate miles per gallon on the highway? That is a far cry from the early CJ-5 and CJ-7 models that sported 304 cubic inch fuel guzzling V8s mated to a stone crushing three-speed (yes, three) manual transmission that would feel more appropriate in a semi rather than a civilian vehicle. Let us not forget the separate, and sometimes impossible to shift, four-wheel high/four-wheel low transfer case shifter that relied on locking front and rear hubs that you had to get out and manually engage. Yeah, a cushy cruise-worthy Wrangler that sips on oil for fuel rather than chugs is like a drunken sailor the night before going to war sounds like something of a fantasy. But then again, unlike that pony or hovercraft, having a Jeep that has no flaws is one wish that looks like it might be coming true after all.