The long-awaited diesel engine in the Jeep Wrangler will apparently cost $4,000.
That’s according to a user on JL Wrangler Forums who received a notice from a Jeep dealership with information on Jeep Wrangler diesel pricing.
The 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 will cost $4,000 and must be paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. That means the diesel really costs $6,000, a $3,250 increase over a Pentastar V6 Wrangler with an automatic gearbox.
The user shared an order sheet for a 2020 Wrangler Rubicon with a diesel engine that topped out at $59,490. Another user on the same forum thread says a dealership told him (or her) that first builds were expected in November which means first deliveries could start before the end of the year or early next year.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Diesel delivers 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The Wrangler diesel makes the same horsepower as the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, but is missing 58 pound-feet of torque. Still, power should be more than enough.
We also know that the fuel tank will hold 18.3 gallons which is slightly more than a 2-door Wrangler, but 3.5 gallons smaller than the Wrangler Unlimited. This is apparently because Jeep engineers had to accommodate an extra tank for DEF, or diesel exhaust fluid (Trucks.com).
Every Wrangler Diesel will get Dana D44 axles and a 3.73 axle ratio and as of now, the diesel powertrain will only be available on four-door Wrangler models.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Diesel is certainly an intriguing proposition. On the one hand, diesel engines have lost their mojo in recent years. On the other hand new options are now available including in the Mazda CX-5. There’s still a market for diesel and Jeep Wrangler folks are the kind of buyers who would take interest.
The main selling point will definitely be the added torque which should help with towing, but also with off-roading.
What we are really interested in knowing is fuel economy and right now, Jeep hasn’t confirmed anything. Rumors say it will be roughly 30 mpg.