Jeep Wrangler Flattop Concept rear three quarters right

2018 Jeep Wrangler to use 8-speed automatic transmission

March 10, 2015

A recent report by Auto News claims that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will be offered with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine and ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The same combination is already seen on the company’s flagship SUV, the Grand Cherokee.

The 3.0-liter diesel engine makes 240 hp and 420 lb.-ft. (569 Nm) of torque. Currently, the Wrangler is offered with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 285 hp and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque. This engine comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission but can be had with a 5-speed automatic transmission optionally.

Another detail on the next-generation Wrangler is that it will retain the solid axles, as per a previous report. This report was the first to have brought up that an eight-speed transmission would be offered. The all-new off-roader will have a lighter, aluminum body and be more fuel efficient and aerodynamic, as per the earlier claims. To make the vehicle more aerodynamic, the folding windshield will be dropped for a fixed windshield, it read.

The all-new Jeep Wrangler is likely to arrive in 2017 as a 2018 model.

Source 1: Auto News via TorqueNews
Source 2: Automotive News

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