Preview: 2020 Jeep Wrangler
When it comes to iconic vehicles, the Jeep Wrangler is right up there with the likes of Land Rover. Unlike other luxury brands that may claim vehicular icons, the Jeep Wrangler makes for an affordable vehicle that doesn’t require buyers to break the bank to drive one. Even with its countless capabilities and off-roading features, the Jeep Wrangler has a starting price below $30,000. Its latest generation, the Wrangler JL, makes for a vehicle that is both a daily commuter and fully capable while off the beaten path. So what changes is Jeep making for the 2020 Wrangler model?
For starters, the brand is inching close to its release of a Wrangler with a diesel powertrain. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as the parent company has decided that four-door Wrangler models will feature the same 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that was just introduced with the 2020 Ram 1500. The EcoDiesel engine is rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. This diesel powertrain is paired with the Wrangler’s existing eight-speed automatic transmission that’s expertly designed the increased torque figures.
Potential buyers can choose from four different trims — Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. All previous powertrain options remain the same with the addition of the EcoDiesel, although some are expected to be trim-dependent. The standard engine is the classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that’s capable of generating 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that generates 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Both of these aforementioned powertrains can also be fitted with the eTorque mild hybrid system to improve overall fuel efficiency. The eTorque system is responsible for the engine’s stop-start function, allows the engine to completely turn off during long stops or when it’s decelerating, and offers additional power during high-load situations.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler’s fuel economy figures are aided by the high-strength aluminum used on its doors, hinges, hood, fenders, and windshield frame that helped shave off a total of 200 pounds from the vehicle’s weight. As for the body-on-frame chassis, it remains in place with its front and rear five-link suspension system and solid axles. Other off-road features include next-generation Dana axles, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, a Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, a limited-slip differential and 33-inch off-road tires that help with that 30-inch water fording capability.
Additionally, the 2020 Wrangler Sport trim includes LED headlights and fog lights. There’s also the available Advanced Safety Group package, expanded for the 2020 model year to include automatic high beams for the trims that are equipped with navigation. Jeep is also bringing back the Willys Special Edition for the 2020 model year. Pricing information will become available when it’s closer to the market launch date during the last quarter of 2019.
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