The current-gen Jeep Wrangler is offered with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine built by VM Motori. However, this turbo-diesel engine that produces 147 kW (197 hp) and 460 Nm of torque in most markets (UK, Australia and New Zealand), isn’t offered in the United States.
According to a fresh report from Automotive News, FCA may offer a diesel model of the Jeep Wrangler in the U.S. market. Michael Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, wants the Wrangler diesel in the U.S. The Wrangler diesel is built at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, USA in full capacity for export markets and so, currently it isn’t possible to make for U.S. consumption.
The Toledo Assembly Complex has two plants: a body-on-frame plant that builds the Wrangler and a unibody plant where the Cherokee is built. As per a recent report though, the next generation Wrangler won’t be sharing the plant with the Cherokee. After relocating the Cherokee production, the unibody plant will be converted to a body-on-frame plant and this is when the Jeep will have more production capacity for the Wrangler and a diesel model would become possible for the U.S. market.
The all-new Jeep Wrangler is set to enter production in 2017 and is likely to go on sale for MY2018.
[Source: Automotive News]