Friday, March 6, 2015
Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler to Offer EcoDiesel and 8-Speed
An anonymous source from within FCA has reported to Autoblog that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will answer the Jeep community's prayers by offering the same 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that is found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500.
Additionally, the source is also claiming that the Wrangler will receive the 8-speed automatic that is making its way behind most of FCA's large rear-wheel-drive vehicles. While I will always prefer a 3-pedal manual transmission, the jump in performance that was seen from the early JK's 4-speed auto to the current 5-speed auto should be repeated with the upgrade to the 8-speed.
As we get closer to the next-generation Wrangler's reveal, it's becoming increasingly apparent that Jeep's engineers and bean counters are not content with emasculating the Wrangler. Upgrades to every aspect of the vehicle, along with retention of its iconic pair of heavy-duty solid axles, will ensure that the Wrangler continues to be the pinnacle of off-road performance and capability.