We automotive journalists aren't always the right people to ask about whether a US-spec vehicle should or should not be offered with a diesel powertrain (hint: the answer is usually "YES"). But when it comes to the iconic, off-road-ready Jeep Wrangler, we aren't the only ones who have been clamoring for an oil-burning engine behind that famous seven-slat grille. To that end, it appears there's good news on the horizon, as Jeep CEO Mike Manley recently told Ward's Auto that the "Wrangler is on the radar to get (a) diesel."

"I'm confident that the Grand Cherokee will show just how large a demand there is for diesel, and I think what that will do is reinforce the need for us to target Wrangler as a vehicle that can take a diesel," Manley told Ward's. The most rugged of Jeeps is scheduled to get an overhaul around 2015-16, and the diesel powertrain will likely be introduced around that time.

This year alone, Chrysler will be adding a diesel engine to the Grand Cherokee SUV, as well as the Ram 1500 pickup and Promaster utility van.

It's unclear if the Wrangler will get a new diesel engine or if Chrysler will use one of its existing oil-burners. The Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 will be powered by the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, while the Ram Promaster uses a less-powerful 3.0-liter four-cylinder. In Europe, the Wrangler currently uses a 2.8-liter diesel V6, which we've had the chance to test (and enjoy). Of course, we won't get too excited until the ink has dried on an official announcement, but for now anyway, things are certainly looking good.


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      ammca66564
      • 1 Year Ago
      Geeez, why'd it take 'em so long? Diesel is a natural for the Wrangler. Absolutely natural.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ammca66564
        You must live at sea level, and never go into high altitudes.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ammca66564
        As the current owner of a 2013 Rubicon, the latest of five Jeeps....not sold. Not at what it's gonna cost. $4000 buys me a Ursa Minor rooftop tent setup and some body armor, maybe some lighting too, and that's what I'd upgrade if I were looking to make my already expensive truck $4k more expensive.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ammca66564
        I've owned five Wranglers, including my current 2012 Rubicon. Never really felt that any of them needed a diesel, and never really felt like the additional massive upgrade premium would be worth it. YMMV, but a well-equipped Wrangler is already pretty damned expensive, and I'd rather spend $4000 on an Ursa Minor camper roof, some body armor, and some decent lighting.
      montegod7ss
      • 1 Year Ago
      We've only been asking for this for three or four decades! Build diesel Jeeps here and ship every single one of the to other parts of the World, and do that year after year for decades. To say us Jeep people are a little upset about it is an understatement.
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      This definitely needs to happen. Specifically they need a 2-door Rubicon with a 6-speed manual transmission.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @raktmn
        Surprised to hear you say that.... It isn't very green...
      ndcart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Diesel or V8, that's when I'll get my Wrangler.
      wdurling01
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE HAVING A DIESEL? DIESEL FUEL COSTS 30 TO 50 CENTS A GALLON MORE AT THE PUMP! JUST TO DRIVE A VEHICLE THAT SAYS DIESEL ON IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE.
        Brandi Lea Kemmerer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wdurling01
        diesels go farther per gallon for one . internal eng componets are twice that of gas eng.larger,tougher,stronger and will take abuse such as towing ect.last forever. thats why tractor trailers that go from coast to coast use diesel eng,not gas
        crabbo71
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wdurling01
        it isn't the fuel economy,,,,it is the longevity pluse fuel economy....500000 miles no tune ups and if they use the 3.9 cummins inline 4 the transmissions of the bigger diesel will bolt up...can u say 6 speed sticks and 8 speed automatics.....
      karl3
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a 2.8 4-Cylinger Diesel in Europe, but also from VM.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Diesel Raptor or a Diesel Wrangler? That is the question.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better late than never.
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just after it gains even more weight, rendering the fuel-savings from the diesel useless. Thanks Jeep.
      breakfastburrito
      • 1 Year Ago
      promises promises... stoopid company is a decade late, and STILL talking about what they MIGHT do... by the time they build one, everybody's grandkids will be driving diesel Hyundai 4x4's
      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great! Now Americans can catch up on an American product that Europeans have been enjoying for years.
      cyberranger
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll believe it when I see. Been hearing this for 15 years.
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