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