Jeep have never really been known for keeping secrets. Their releases are usually well known long before we ever see them at an auto show and it seems the same is true for the 2019 Jeep Wrangler to a degree. The automaker did manage to keep a lid on the new vehicle for longer than is usual but the news is definitely out.
FCA has confirmed to dealers in America that the 2019 Jeep Wrangler is getting a diesel version. The expected two and four door hardtop versions will also be making an appearance.
2018 Jeep Wrangler
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler is apparently all new. A new design which we have seen glimpses of still look and feel like a Wrangler but will apparently be a bit different too. Spy shots have shown a familiar grille, body shape and rear end. We now know the much rumoured diesel engine will be making an appearance too.
Jeep apparently met with dealers in the U.S. to discuss the new vehicle and while those dealers were sworn to secrecy, some just couldn’t help themselves. So we now know that the 2019 Jeep Wrangler will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show and will arrive in showrooms in December 2017. It will also be the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, not the 2019.
Engine options will be the turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder that was announced some time ago. It will generate around 300 hp and will have an eight speed automatic transmission. The other engine is the Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 that will have a manual transmission. The news is that a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 will also be an option. We don’t yet know what kind of transmission this will get. We assume it will utilize either manual or the automatic.
Diesels aren’t as popular here as they are in other parts of the world but their utility in the cold and their ability to generate large amounts of torque at low revs make them ideal for off road use. Unlike a gasoline engine, diesel doesn’t need to warm up before delivering that power, although it does run smoother warmed up. Diesel also handles lower temperatures better than gas which will be useful to drivers in winter.
FCA are apparently bringing lots of other changes with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler but we still don’t yet know what they are. While the headline is the new diesel option, we doubt that will be the only thing different in this next generation Wrangler. The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show runs from 1 through 10 December 2017 so we have a little while to wait until we know for sure.