• Sep 30, 2010
Euro-spec 2011 Jeep Wrangler – Click above for high-res image gallery

Here in the United States, we're constantly pining for the foreign versions of some of our favorite vehicles. Get ready to add another one to the never-ending list – the 2011 Jeep Wrangler. Jeep is set to unveil a few new powertrains and provide a European debut for the all-new Grand Cherokee at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. One particularly interesting tidbit? The European Wrangler is available with a brand-new turbocharged diesel engine and start/stop technology.

Automotive markets outside of North America will get to enjoy the 2.8-liter unit that produces 200 horsepower and over 300 pound-feet of torque (the twist output depends on which transmission is fitted). The six-speed manual sees about 302 lb-ft (delivered from 2,000 to 3,000 rpm) while the five-speed automatic-equipped Wrangler produces nearly 340 lb-ft of torque (1,600 to 2,600 rpm).

In addition to the power boost over the outgoing diesel engine, this Wrangler also benefits from start/stop technology. This helps the Jeep see a 13-percent increase in fuel economy over the previous generation while at the same time reducing emissions by 14 percent.

The 2.8-liter diesel Wrangler will be on sale at the beginning of 2011 for markets outside of North America. It's sort of ironic that an all-American symbol of off-road prowess will now be added to the list of unavailable forbidden fruit. Follow the jump for the full details in Chrysler's press release.


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Jeep® Brand Debuts New Vehicles, New Technology and New Powertrains at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

* All-new Jeep® Grand Cherokee makes its Western European debut
* New 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine enters model lineups for Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited
* New Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited also feature fuel-saving Stop/Start engine technology, new interior and body-color, removable hard top
* Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot offer new 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine

September 30, 2010 , Paris -
At this year's Paris Motor Show, the Jeep® brand will introduce the all-new Grand Cherokee, new interior and exterior treatments for Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, as well as two new diesel engines for customers in Europe and other markets outside North America. The Jeep brand will also showcase fuel-saving Stop/Start technology for Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited – the first application of this technology for Chrysler Group LLC.

Jeep will hold a press conference at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris on September 30 to give journalists a first-hand look at the newest additions to the lineup.

"The Jeep brand's legendary heritage has made it one of the most recognized brands in the world. The Jeep brand continues to evolve with new vehicles, designs, powertrains and technology," said Mike Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer – Jeep Brand, and Lead Executive for the International Organization, Chrysler Group LLC. "We are proud to bring the newest Jeep innovations to Paris, including the Company's first application of Stop/Start technology that helps improve Jeep Wrangler's fuel economy by up to 13 percent, as well as the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, designed and built to answer the needs of customers here in Europe and around the world."

All-new Jeep Grand Cherokee

Nearly two decades ago, Jeep reinvented the premium sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment with the introduction of the Grand Cherokee. More than 4 million sales later, Jeep improves the formula and provides the ideal balance between iconic 4x4 capability and on-road refinement with the all-new Grand Cherokee. The newest vehicle in the brand's line-up is on display for the first time in Western Europe at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand's legendary four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and unsurpassed towing capability. It also offers improved fuel consumption and a world-class interior cabin.

The all-new Quadra-Lift™ air suspension system is a first for Jeep, delivering legendary Jeep off-road capability. In addition, the new Selec-Terrain™ traction control system allows the driver to choose the drive system that best matches on- or off-road driving conditions. New front and rear independent suspension systems deliver premium on-road handling and comfort.

For more details on the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, please reference the complete press kit on the Chrysler Media Site at: www.jeepbrandatparismotorshow.com.

Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited with New 2.8-liter Diesel Engine, Stop/Start Technology, New Interior and New Body-color Hard Top

Jeep continues to refine the successful Wrangler formula by combining its legendary, benchmark capability with a new 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine with fuel-saving Stop/Start technology, a new and upgraded interior, and a new body-color hard top for the popular Sahara model.

Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited now offer a new 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine for markets outside North America. This new engine improves power to 200 hp DIN (147 kW) at 3,600 rpm, a 13-percent improvement over the prior 2.8-liter diesel engine. Torque for the new engine comes in at 410 N•m at 2,000-3,200 rpm with the six-speed manual transmission and 460 N•m at 1,600-2,600 rpm with the W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission.

The proven W5A580 automatic transmission is new to Wrangler and will deliver smooth shifts and optimum fuel consumption. The W5A580 transmission includes adaptive electronic control or Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver-interactive manual control and an electronically modulated torque converter clutch.

Jeep Wrangler's diesel engine, when paired with the manual transmission, incorporates Stop/Start technology – the first application of this technology on a Chrysler Group vehicle. With Stop/Start, the engine is shut off when the vehicle is stopped, the shift gear is in Neutral, and the clutch is released. The engine then restarts automatically when the clutch pedal is depressed. Drivers can deactivate the technology via a button on the dashboard, and an icon displays in the instrument panel to indicate the Stop/Start status.

An upgraded starter and alternator improve durability, and a DC/DC power converter maintains electronic feature functionality while the vehicle is stopped. Stop/Start technology improves fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions by managing the amount of time the engine runs. For the new Jeep Wrangler family, fuel economy is improved by up to 13 percent, and CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 14 percent.

Other improvements and features incorporated into the new Euro V, 2.8-liter diesel engine include:
• Four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshaft (DOHC) with belt drive
• 1800-bar common-rail fuel injection system
• Piezo electric injectors
• Variable geometry turbocharger
• New composite intake manifold
• New exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system
• Reduced friction ring pack
• Electric swirl control
• Oil and exhaust temperature sensors
• Standard diesel particulate filter (DPF)
• Additional adjustments for improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)

The new Jeep Wrangler continues to be the most capable off-road vehicle and now brings a significantly quieter cabin, pleasing on-road ride and handling and reduced overall NVH. Wrangler now gives customers a driving experience similar to the mid-size Jeep Cherokee, but with the 4x4 mastery to handle any extreme off-road conditions.

Jeep Wrangler's interior highlights include a redesigned instrument panel and new storage areas with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials. A new console and upgraded door armrest areas boast comfortable touch points, while a redesigned center stack is easier to reach and operate. Automatic temperature control, heated seats and power heated mirrors are now available, and drivers and passengers will enjoy enhanced visibility courtesy of larger rear windows.

New steering-wheel controls allow the driver to operate the radio, speed control, hands-free phone and other vehicle functions while keeping hands on the wheel. A new USB device interface connects to storage devices (thumb drives and most MP3 players) for use with the vehicle's Media Center, which now includes streaming Bluetooth audio.

In line with traditional Jeep design, hex-head bolts are utilized throughout the interior and are used to mount a "Jeep, Since 1941" inlay onto the new passenger grab handle.

To provide a more premium appearance, Jeep Wrangler Sahara models boast a new, premium, body-color hard top. In addition, several new Wrangler colors will be available, including Deep Cherry Red Crystal, Detonator Yellow, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue and Bright White.

The new Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited will be available in markets outside North America starting in early 2011.

New 2.8-liter Diesel Engine for Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee will also benefit from the new 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine as it enters the Cherokee powertrain selection for markets outside North America.

Maximum power is 200 hp DIN (147 kW) at 3,600 rpm, and torque reaches 410 N•m at 2,000-3,200 rpm with the six-speed manual transmission and 460 N•m at 1,600-2,600 rpm with the five-speed automatic transmission.

The new 2.8-liter diesel engine for Jeep Cherokee brings increased performance, better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions versus the 2.8-liter diesel engine it replaces. Top speed and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h are improved, fuel efficiency is increased by up to 13 percent, and CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 15 percent (based on Cherokee 4x4 model).

Along with the new diesel engine, Jeep Cherokee will also offer more customer features such as improved multi-media functionality, redesigned rear-seat head restraints and speed control standard on all models. A Dark Slate Gray / Dark Saddle interior color combination is now available for Limited models, and there are new exterior paint colors such as Deep Cherry Red Crystal, Blackberry and Bright White.

The new Jeep Cherokee and the optional 2.8-liter diesel engine will be available in markets outside North America as of early 2011.

Also making its debut in Paris is the Jeep Cherokee Jet special model. This new model combines premium exterior and interior finishes to set the Jet apart.

The exterior of the Jeep Cherokee Jet displayed at the Paris show to gather customers' feedback, features bright trim for the lower fascia, body-side molding, roof rails and license plate brow, chromed mirror housings, blacked-out headlamps and deep-tint glass. Wheels are 18-inch polished and painted aluminum with all-season tires. The Jet model is available in Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry exterior colors and is completed with a Jet badge on the front quarter panels.

Moving to the interior, drivers will find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power front windows with one-touch up/down control, nine-speaker Infinity sound system with subwoofer and standard security system. Special to Jet Sport models is an optional package incorporating leather seats with accent stitching and power-adjustable, heated front seats.

Overall, Jeep Cherokee continues to give customers an "only in a Jeep" experience with its robust Selec-Trac II® full-time, active on-demand four-wheel-drive system and industry-exclusive Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof.

New 2.2-liter Diesel Engine for Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot

Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot now feature a new 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine with better overall performance than the 2.0-liter diesel engine it replaces. The new 2.2-liter diesel engine, which is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, produces power of 163 hp DIN (120 kW) at 3600-4200 rpm and torque of 320 N•m at 1400-3600 rpm. These equate to a 16-percent increase in power and a 3-percent increase in torque over the prior 2.0-liter diesel engine figures.

With the new 2.2-liter diesel engine, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot also improve their overall performance with 12-percent quicker acceleration and increased towing capacity of 2,000 kilograms. Compass and Patriot continue to be the most fuel-efficient Jeep vehicles with fuel consumption of 6.6 L/100 km (combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of 172 g/km. With this Euro V diesel engine, Compass and Patriot can travel 786 kilometers between fuel stops.

Many improvements and features can be found in the new 2.2-liter diesel engine, including:
• Modular and compact engine design
• Four valves per cylinder and DOHC with chain drive
• 2000-bar common-rail fuel injection system
• Five injection events per combustion
• Two balance shafts, oil pump and injection pump driven by gears
• Variable geometry turbocharger (electrical actuator-controlled)
• Resonator to reduce air-movement noise from the turbocharger
• Switchable piston cooling
• High-efficiency EGR cooling to meet Euro V emission standards
• Switchable un-cooled exhaust bypass
• Intake module with integrated and controlled intake port shut-off for variable swirl
• Electronically controlled thermostat and EGR bypass actuator for faster warm-up
• Standard DPF

Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot retain their recently redesigned interior and refined ride quality. The fresh interior, introduced in 2008, houses redesigned instrument panels, center consoles and door trim panels, while added insulation and tuning improvements further reduce noise in the interior. With their already high levels of safety, utility and 4x4 capability, the Compass and Patriot continue to provide customers with outstanding value.

The new 2.2-liter diesel engine will be available as an option on Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot in markets outside North America by the end of 2010.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sigh, not only to we miss on many European and Japanese cars that are never imported into this market, we don't even get the most interesting American cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We have been asking for this for literally decades, and still nothing. There is no way Chrysler will see a single penny from me (short of giving them billions in tax dollars) until they bring this here. On second thought, f them completely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is ok as Chrysler does not need or want narrow minded customers any way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They need and want anybody with money at this point. Nice try though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the year 2050, and Chryslers latest transmission is a 5-SPEED AUTO. Wow!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, in an off-raod car I'd rather have a 5-speed auto that can cope with everything I throw at it than a fancy 8-speed that doesn't hold gears because it's trying to save fuel.

        The Wrangler doesn't need any more gears and it's cheap yet reliable because they have been making it for so long. It's fine the way it is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it means getting those bumpers, I'm fine with the mini-van engine circa 1985
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Chrysler/Fiat doesn't think people will buy this here, even with a ridiculous premium, they are out of their minds. Between the fuel economy/range and the awesome low end torque, Jeepers would eat 'em up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With Fiat owning Chrysler, I would expect more diesels in the US. Jeep is definitely the brand to go diesel, what better way to get Jeeps CAFE numbers up? Sergio, are you listening?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would buy a Wrangler TODAY if it was available here in the United States with a diesel. But since all we get is that turd of a minivan V6, Jeep has lost my business. I keep hanging onto a shred of hope that we'll see a turbodiesel Wrangler here, but at least the 2012 Wrangler will be dumping the minivan motor for the new Pentastar 3.6. I'm not sure that's enough to persuade me to buy one, though. A Pentastar with a Dana 60 rear axle complimenting the Dana 44 front axle would probably do it though. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only thing keeping me from buying a Rubicon Unlimited today is the fact that the engine/tranny in the current model suck wind. I would buy this today if given the option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those of you who sit there and whine about how mean old Chrysler won't give you what you want need to keep a few things in mind:

      1) Chrysler (and every automaker) knows darn well that there's a big difference between what people *say* they'll buy, and what they *actually* buy.

      2) They've already got some experience with this with the Liberty CRD. It died in 2007 because even though they sold every one they made (and could have sold even more than that,) the cost to bring the engine up to EPA compliance would have made the Liberty CRD *unprofitable* here.

      3) And because Chrysler knows 1) and 2) very well, they have decided that there's not yet any business case for offering this engine in North America.

      Companies exist to make money. They don't exist to throw cash away just to please some internet whiners.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey Jim, could you explain further your point #2? You realize that the Liberty CRD was sold in the US, correct? So they already spent the money to bring it up to EPA compliance. Selling every Liberty CRD that they made and could have sold more does not really sound like a failed lesson. From what I understand is that both the gasoline and diesel Liberties were plagued with problems which led to their demise and subsequent restyling.

        Why Chrysler ever thought it was a good idea to put a diesel engine in the Liberty over here instead of the Wrangler makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Especially if you think about who they were marketing the Liberty towards.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The EPA standards were changed in (IIRC) 2008. The 2.8 in the Liberty could not be upgraded to pass the new standards. This new standards are more strict than the European standards, making it unlikely Fiat has anything in development that will pass, as until recently they did not have any vehicles for the US market.

        I have an a Wrangler Unlimited and would have loved ANY option for a better engine, diesel or V8. And yes, I would have spent more for it. The 3.8 is that bad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "You realize that the Liberty CRD was sold in the US, correct?"

        Um, duh. My post was entirely about the US-market CRD.

        "So they already spent the money to bring it up to EPA compliance. "

        Uh no. In case you missed it, emissions regs got a lot stricter for 2008. The cost to bring the powertrain up to 2008MY+ standards was prohibitive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Now that Fiat (One of the largest diesel MFG in the world) it should not be that hard for diesels to be imported into the US that do meet the current set of emissions standards. "

        probably true, but it wouldn't apply to the Wrangler since I think this is still the VM Motori engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        again, it's not a "can or can not" argument. They "can" make the VM 2.8 EPA compliant.

        The argument is if the cost to do so will be justified.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No need for the 'duh'. I wasn't sure if you were talking about the US market Liberty. My point was that back in 2005 Chrysler could have put the 2.8 in the Wrangler instead of the Liberty before the stricter emissions became an issue. Also, they might have found out that a diesel Wrangler sells better than a diesel Lib and it would have made the case to invest in bringing the old engine up to compliance or maybe not. Didn't the diesel Grand Cherokee come out around shortly thereafter? They could have put the 3.0 in the JK.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am willing to bet that Fiat can make any of there JTD engine lineup US emission compliant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JTD_engine If you have not drove a Wrangler with a 2.5 you have no idea what a anemic engine is. I would still take a 3.8 over various engine choices including the 4.7 V8 as that engine is a disaster waiting to happen! Dont worry the 3.6 will be here soon!
      crude dude
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is more expensive to refine crude into diesel than it is to refine crude into gasoline. Do the math...and realize that American drivers outnumber the rest of the world combined. America and Australia average approximately 600+ cars per 1000 people, whereas the rest of the world is closer to 150 - 300 cars per 1000 people. Europe pays approx 2.3 times more for fuel than US drivers. The refineries are producing cheaper fuel here for a reason, environmental impacts of producing the fuel and sheer volume of fuel that we need. The benefits of having diesel do not make sense...and should be considered before asking why you can't have your diesel here. Follow the money and realize there really is no upshot...embrace alternative fuels, mass transport and walking.
        Thomas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crude dude
        Europe has mass transit?, Europe is more densely populated than the US? It has nothing to do with a single thing you said, your either a fool or a tool, it's a simple matter of UN-scientific environmentalists making the rules in the US. Measuring diesels pollution per gallon rather than per mile traveled. The first gives no consideration for diesels inherrant effecency advantage. Many states are down right Diesel hostile, CA comes to mind, and as long as those people are given power, we will continue to see this insanity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not holding my breath on this one. I wont blame Chrysler so much as our Government if we never see one. I guess if you want to do something right you just need to do it yourself, and by that I mean Importing one on your own dollar! With that said this is just to cool for Jeep/Chrysler/Government to not drop the coin on!
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