It the latest update on the 2018 JL Jeep Wrangler, we got another confirmation on engine options via a carefully captured spy photograph! Originally reported on by our friends over at JLWranglerForums.com, spy photographers captured images of a Diesel Jeep Wrangler out testing in the wild! According to the spy photographers, the diesel test mule was out testing in the desert with a group of RAM 2500 HDs that user the 6.7 Cummins Turbodiesel engine.
The Diesel Engine Discovery
For some time now there have been mounting rumors that Jeep is working on a diesel Wrangler for the model’s redesign; however there hasn’t really been anything else to go on other than ‘insider info’ that gets regurgitated throughout the industry.
In these recently captured spy images, the photographer was able to get close up shots of the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank that is an integral part to a diesel engine’s emissions system- it was even outfitted with its own skid plate. The engine was being tested in an outgoing JK body, but underneath it’s as clear as day- we’re getting a diesel Wrangler!
2018 Wrangler Diesel Engine Specs
As of now, all signs seem to be pointing to one diesel engine in particular: the 3.0L VM V6 diesel, which is the engine of choice for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. In it’s current production trim, the diesel engine makes 240 HP and 420 TQ with the help of a water cooled, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT).
By all accounts, the engine seems to be a world class economy diesel engine that can crank out power with efficiency and brute force. As of this time, there is no word on whether or not this engine will get tweaked at all before going in to the 2018 Wrangler.
The 3.0L diesel engine will join the growing line-up of Wrangler Engine options, which already includes the tried and true workhorse 3.6L Pentastar V6 and the newly added turbo 4 cylinder Hurricane engine, which has already been spotted testing.
Are you excited for a diesel Jeep Wrangler? Or is this going to water down the current options? Comment below with your thoughts!