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We're not done yet with the flood of vehicles the Chrysler Group has prepared for the SEMA show in Las Vegas next week. The next one comes from Jeep in the form of the diesel-powered Wranger Rubicon Unlimited. The Jeep/Truck engineering-design shop run by Ralph Gilles has beefed up the Wrangler Unlimited with a pair of Tru-Lok Dana 44 axles capped with 35-inch BFG tires mounted on custom 18-inch aluminum rims by Taneisya. The Warn winch up front provides a Get Out of Jail Free card for the careless rock crawler, and it's mounted on an American Expedition Vehicles front bumper. All exterior body panels are sprayed with Rolex Silver paint that turns the Wrangler Rubicon Limited into a passable Mercedes-Benz G-wagon impersonator. But what really excites us about this Jeep is the 3.0-liter CRD diesel engine that powers it. We count ourselves in the camp that's very eager for Jeep to drop an oil-burner into the Wrangler, especially since the new Wrangler's 3.8-liter V6 doesn't have the same low end grunt the previous in-line six possessed. We're hoping this SEMA concept from Jeep is a portent of things to come for the Wrangler.

BTW – Jalopnik also has live shots of the Nitro Panel Wagon we previewed last week.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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EXCERPT FROM PRESS RELEASE

Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
• Builders: Jeep Truck Engineering-Design Aid Build Shops
• 3.0L Common Rail Diesel
• 230 horsepower and 390 lbs-ft. of torque at @ 2,800 rpm

Takes the already off-road benchmark Jeep Wrangler to a whole new level. Built by a team of dedicated Jeep enthusiasts, this Wrangler represents the best of the best of what Jeep has to offer.

The interior features custom Katzkin leather seating with GPS navigation and satellite radio.

Plenty of power and traction with the new 3.0L CRD diesel under the hood and the incredible Tru-Lok-equipped Dana 44 axles underneath. Performance suspension lift allows clearance for 35-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires mounted on Custom 18-inch aluminum wheels supplied by Taneisya.

The exterior features a Warn 9.5ti winch mounted on American Expedition Vehicles new front bumper. A full-size spare is carried by our new Mopar performance rear bumper. And it looks like a billion bucks – sprayed in a rich Rolex Silver paint.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      i have owned jeeps as long as i been driving first a 1975 cherokee 360 quadra trac it was unstoppable a few cjs 6cyl and a few newer jeep grand cherokee laredos i have always had good luck with your jeep products im 46 and i love to go 4x4 all the time they dont call me ridgerunner for nothing i cant wait for this new wrangler rubicon unlimited im buying one besides i ran with so called hummers there to wide to run most 4x4trails and there owners dont want any beauty marks on them unless your willing to dish out a lot money for a alpha 1 beleave me a jeep is the way to go and this rubicon unlimited is the ticket i think the 4.0 should stick around its proven it self time after time its made a believer out of me i would rather see a 4.0 instead of some 3.8 maybe this diesel 3.0 is the answer lets hope so i wont buy one unless i can get the 4.0 and the diesel id have to think about
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cool. The diesel is the most important part to me. The chrysler mini van V6 that they have stuck in the new wranger just doesnt cut it. If they can get the peak torque down to where the 4.0 was then maybe it would work. The best thing would be the diesel. That or bring the 4.2L back with it's 1800 rpm peak torque.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks great, I'd take one of these over a Hummer anyday.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The diesel is what is currently missing from the Jeep Wrangler lineup in my opinion. I'll buy one as soon as they are put into production. more mileage more power
      S.Morgan
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know what the big deal is, I have two minivans with this motor and i LOVE IT! Thumbs up to Jeep for the front wheel drive Compass! I have one of those as well and think 4WD is overated!
      S. Morgan
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am just kidding, I really love it but am bitter because I dont have one...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This and the Gladiator is what jeep should be selling not the patriot and liberty,time for jeep to get back to its roots,hell bring back the Honcho pickup,and get rid of the mini van V-6.
      craig
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can be contacted at cgoodall@aol.com.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anyone know if this Diesel will be available or a v8 in the near future?
      Mike
      • 8 Years Ago
      Four door wrangler rocks...Humvee stole the Jeep grill and Jeep stole their extra doors. Jeep needs to put the HEMI in Wrangler. They have had large V-8s in the past why not now?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hummer didn't "steal" Jeep's grill nor did Jeep steal Hummer's 4 doors. AM General was spun off as a subsidiary OF Jeep in 1983, so they essetially SOLD that grill. I guess they didn't anticipate their military branch becoming their own competition. Shame. They should've kept it. Secondly, the 4 door wrangler is nothing new. A 4 door version of the CJ-7 was available in Brazil in the 1970s and looked basically the same as this new model. Its an old idea, recycled and well done, I might add.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maaannn! You guys at jeep are hard to figure out. Why has it taken you so long to do this? To 99% of the people who own jeeps, this is and has been for the last 15 years, a HUGE NO BRAINER! The only competition the jeep wrangler has is the Land Rover Defender, and an equal one at that. Cost is their only poison. There is a hidden market out there in the U.S. and it is the small pickup market. The jeep unlimited diesel is a perfect place to start. Most of the small truck market buyers would buy american if they had a worthy choice to pick from. I think jeep could take a portion of that market with a new jeep pick up, ad a diesel and the competition is done. You guys need to cut off the oil company lobbists and do this for the people of the United States. Oh, and by the way we all know that you have the technology to allow these vehicles to get 30+ miles per gallon with the diesel, so to avoid pissing people off by curbing the mpg's, just do what is right for the people and tell the oil guys to kiss your behind!!!!!!!!!! You need to do this!!!!!!!

      I will be the first one to the dealership and trade in my 110 defender on a new wrangler 4 door with a diesel. Got to have the auto and the 6 speed as options.

      Godspeed
      Chris
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