Jeep Wrangler Diesel and Hybrid Confirmed for New Version

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2016 Jeep® Wrangler Backcountry

This week has been a busy week for automotive news, with several regional shows drawing attention with new reveals, and many of the Jeep team in Houston receiving their awards for the Texas Truck Rodeo at the Houston Auto Show. Despite all the craziness, Jeep’s new 5 year plan was discussed, and some news was added nonchalantly as a PowerPoint slide. The news? The next Jeep Wrangler will have a diesel and hybrid option.

5-year-plan

We long expected the new Wrangler to have the diesel. The 3.0L EcoDiesel (which is what we presume will be in the Wrangler) is a solid powerplant and a strong seller in the Grand Cherokee and Ram Trucks. Also, to help meet fuel economy standards, the diesel makes sense.

What we didn’t expect was the news of a hybrid option. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, up until the recent Detroit Auto Show, didn’t have a hybrid in their lineup at all. That changed with the new Chrysler Pacifica. Now it seems, to help meet emissions and fuel economy targets, Fiat Chrysler is going hybrid crazy and will be bringing a system the Wrangler.

The diesel makes good sense, and we think fans will be excited about that. The hybrid? That’s a bit of an unknown. Sure, the system will probably work well, but will you, as fans, consider a hybrid Wrangler for your replacement?

The new version is still expected to drop in 2017, so we’ll know pretty soon.

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