Jeep’s design department is working overtime on the next generation Wrangler, so the job should be done before the end of this year. On the other hand, the engineers are quite finished, so we already know what to expect under the hood of the popular off-roader. This time the SUV won’t offer one engine, but a range of excellent options. Except of the upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar and all-new and really powerful 2.0-liter Hurricane, the car manufacturer will introduce the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Diesel model.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Diesel: Engine and Specs
The diesel-powered Wrangler will use an amazing oil-burner powertrain. That will be Ram’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, which currently delivers 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. We can’t say whether the carmaker plans to update this mill or no, yet we are absolutely sure it will make the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Diesel really capable and really efficient. Moreover, the next-gen Wrangle will be ultra-light, so the fuel economy of the diesel powered model should be around 33 mpg combined, or even more. In contrast to the current Wrangler that hasn’t too impressive towing capacity, the new-one will be pretty outstanding. These are not the official figures, but the first estimates indicate it will be ranged between 7,000 and 7,500 pounds. In any case, the 2017 Wrangler Diesel will use an eight-speed auto transmission and a standard four-wheel drive setup.
The new diesel engine won’t be the only piece of news for the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Diesel. The actual bodywork of the next-gen iconic SUV is still covered with pretty heavy camouflage, but we can hint the exterior changes. Of course, the vehicle will keep its distinctive boxy styling, but the rest of the exterior details will be completely different. For instance, the front end layout will sport some new cues, like a different grille and more pronounced bumper. The prototypes we saw until now feature unchanged and rounded headlights, but this might change with the arrival of the production-ready model.
However, the most important part of the new Wrangler Diesel is the overall length. According to our insider and judging by the spy shots we got, the new model will be notably longer, which brings more space inside. Speaking of which, the cab will be totally different and more premium. The carmaker will add an upgraded and standard 5.0 Uconnect system, while a new 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment comes as an option. Both systems will feature Bluetooth, satellite radio and navigation.
The redesigned off-road SUV will once again start with a low price, which should be below $27,000, but the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Diesel could be a bit more expensive option. The base oil-burner will cost around $32,000, while the fully-loaded model might easily go over $50K.