Next Generation Jeep Wrangler Gets Diesel Motor For 2017

A statement by Jeep CEO Mike Manley all but confirms the next generation of Wranglers, more than likely debuting during the 2017 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 2017. 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 2017 generational change?

Source: Ward’s Auto

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20 Responses to “Next Generation Jeep Wrangler Gets Diesel Motor For 2017”

  1. Justemale

    Diesel? I’ll wait and see what type> I had a lovely little Jeep Liberty 2006 with a CRD diesel. It sucked a valve at 120K miles. They also have a serpentine rubber TIMING BELT. Worst decision ever. Had to be changed every 120K miles…why bother with a diesel if it’s made cheaply? Also the EGR on that engine was horrible…always needed cleaning/replacing. I’d suggest waiting if they do come out with a diesel on the Wrangler. Don’t let the starry eyed Jeep with a Diesel dream bust your wallet.
    I have a JK with the 3.6 and it’s not the best gas mileage and certainly not a jeep but I love that engine almost as much as the old 4.0 and 4.2’s. (I said ALMOST….).

    It is stupid that Jeep has overseas diesels but no U.S. Their largest consumer…U.S. citizens and we get treated like dirt. Go figure.

  2. HMH

    I will be 70 yrs old next year and for a lot of those yrs I have always wondered why our supposedly smart auto makers will not give us an option as to weather or not we can have a deisel option in our small pickups. My son bought a dodge with a cummins egine about the same time i bought my old 1997 ford f-250 power stroke. we still run them every day but they are getting old and I want to downsize. If the new jeep diesel goes into the new pickup they are about to release I’ll be on it like white on rice, if it is not to thin skinned!

  3. Luis Suriel

    I’ve got a 2009 Rubicon and a 2015 Hard Rock as well, both manual transmission. I wouldn’t mind to get a
    new EcoDiesel Wrangler as long as it comes with manual transmission. Does anybody knows if that will an option?

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  5. jeepmandan

    4cyl or 6cyl diesel turbo ,manual ,rubber mats crank windows .forget all the bells and whistles ( problems)
    Navigation, who needs that junk. Lets get back to the basic’s,
    I like to drive my Jeep ,not the Jeep drive me.keep the price under $30,000, and they can’t make them fast enough.

  6. Robert Wheeler

    please make it a Truck version of the Wrangler with the EcoDiesel….then you have me getting it on first day available….I have been hoping that Jeep would follow what AEV has done with their models…..keep fingers crossed for something good to happen

  7. Hunterof Gunmen

    as long as it gets 30- 40 mpg and comes with a manual option ………….. where can I pre order?

  8. sanman

    make it more comfortable front and rear..A little more room in the back . more towing capacity. better gas mileage . I’ll buy it.

    • Matt W

      -_- Get a Durango then the wranger is made for off road, you want all that crap get an everyday suv!

  9. ClarkJo

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

  10. 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?

    • Anonymous

      i just got $8000 CAD for mine 2006 jeep liberty CRD with a 3.75″ lift kit and 31″ tires

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 😀


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