Introducing the 2020 Wrangler EcoDiesel
It’s here, the World’s most capable SUV — the Jeep Wrangler, if readers are wondering — can officially be had with a diesel powertrain. Experts are touting that the 2020 Wrangler EcoDiesel is the brand’s most fuel-efficient variant of the vehicle. Additionally, the additional power of the EcoDiesel gives this Wrangler an extra touch of torque. Jeep has yet to announce fuel economy ratings, but the automaker’s assured its diehard fans that the EcoDiesel Wrangler would give them the best driving range on one tank of fuel.
The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine — rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque — is available on four-door Wrangler vehicles only. Fuel efficiency is of the essence for this SUV, and the EcoDiesel is equipped with engine stop-start (ESS) technology to better its fuel economy figures. The inclusion of the EcoDiesel engine was not the only change that Jeep had in store, there’s also a new TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission. Said transmission is calibrated for low RPM shifts, allowing for it to optimize shift points to better fuel economy ratings, along with enhancing its 4×4 capability and overall performance.
“One of the most common questions consumers have asked us over the last few years has been, ‘Will you please offer a Jeep Wrangler Diesel?’, and I’m pleased to answer that with a resounding, ‘Yes!’,” stated Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand — North America. “I recently drove the new Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel on the Rubicon Trail and can unquestionably attest to its incredible off-road capability. Combining that unmatched off-road capability with the vehicle’s fun-to-drive on-road performance, best-ever Wrangler fuel economy and incredible driving range underwrite the fact that our customers knew exactly what they were asking for,” added Morrison.
Increased torque power, minimal noise levels, vibration and harshness, superb fuel economy — these are all features of the new-and-improved EcoDiesel engine. Other changes to the engine include the use of dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and a compacted graphite iron block that serves to strengthen the engine. Additionally, the graphite iron block also dampens vibrations and weighs significantly less than the customary gray cast iron. There’s also a compacted graphite iron bedplate whose function is to improve the block’s rigidity.
All Jeep wrangler EcoDiesel trims — Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon — feature third-generation Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles. Jeep also offers buyers two different transfer cases depending on their needs: there’s the Command-Trac part-time two-speed transfer case on the Sport and Sahara trims, and a Rock-Trac two-speed transfer case on the Rubicon trim. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel goes on sale in the last quarter of 2019.
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