Next Generation Jeep Wrangler Gets Diesel Motor For 2016

A statement by Jeep CEO Mike Manley all but confirms the next generation of Wranglers, more than likely debuting during the 2016 model year, will get a Diesel motor. Here what the CEO had to say and the inside track on what is to come for the next generation of Wrangler.

With Jeep Wrangler sales at a high point and the wind at their backs, Jeep and their leader, Mike Manley, seem to have finally confirmed our suspicions that the Wrangler will receive some form or variation of the EcoDiesel motor seen in the current 2014 Grand Cherokee. In a recent interview with Ward’s Auto, President and CEO Manley expressed his plans for the Wrangler:

“Wrangler is on the radar to get (a) diesel”

If you thought wheeling could not get much more fun, imagine your next Wrangler with a 240hp, 420 ft. lbs of torque 3.0 Liter V6 under the hood AND achieving 30mpg highway. Sounds awesome, right? The only catch might be the price tag, considering Jeep has steadily increased prices for some of their models over the past few years. Clearly, Jeep has been using the Grand Cherokee as a launching pad for innovation across many of their other models and is sure to be influential regarding the Wrangler’s generational shift in 2016. As Manley put it:

“I’m confident that the Grand Cherokee will show just how large a demand there is for diesel, and I think what that will do is reinforce the need for us to target Wrangler as a vehicle that can take a diesel.”

Anyone who frequents the Jeep forums would have quickly realized there is demand for a EcoDiesel Wrangler. Now, it looks like the Grand Cherokee is going to be a test dummy for this up-and-coming change.

With the New EcoDiesel motors, are you more or less likely to purchase a Wrangler after the 2016 generational change?

Source: Ward’s Auto

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  • abandando

    make sure there is standard transmission available as well

  • P the DJ

    I’ve been waiting since 2007 for a Diesel and got fed up and bought a
    2009 Wangler to hold me over. I’d better start saving now for 2016 :D

  • Dustin Roe

    Why not put an optional 60 rear and MD transmission/transfer case to go with it. Or better yet offer it with a $8,000 portal upgrade on 60′s. They already offer them in the MOPAR catalog.

  • xmj23x

    I like the sound of 420 ft lbs of torque. 4LO crawling up rocks,that much torque could be twisting up that weak independent suspension they have in mind. I say stick with the 44′s and like dustin said optional 60′s.

  • Eli

    Do u know if the 2016 will be a 5 speed or 6 speed

  • Cody

    With heavier solid axles and a 6 speed manual I would trade my 2013 in tomorrow. If they dispose of the solid axle idea I’ll build my JK into a trail rig and start looking into a different brand of vehicle. Jeep is a major disappointment to me lately.

  • David Witcraft

    Why not a 4 cylinder? Jeep has been stuffing VM(the Italian company making the V6 for the GC and Dodge 1/2 ton) 4 cylinder diesels in Wranglers in Toledo for over a decade, all for export though….. The GC, like a crew cab truck, needs the V6 diesel, but the wrangler would be better served by a smaller, cheaper motor, also suitable for Jeep’s small SUVs. Anyone know what diesel Libertys are going for?

  • ClarkJo

    Going to order one as soon as they become available…
    Just hope this is not vaporware…