Our friends at AutoCar India, are letting us in on the details surrounding the Indian launch of the iconic Jeep® Wrangler. After being exclusively manufactured in Toledo, Ohio since its launch in November 2017, the Jeep Wrangler (JL) is ready to expand production outside the United States. Production of the Indian-spec Wrangler (internally codenamed J6 – not to be confused with the popular two-door Wrangler J6 Concept pickup) began earlier this month at Stellantis’ joint venture assembly plant in Ranjangaon, India.
Jeep India will be officially unveiling all of the pricing, specifications, and trim levels it will be manufacturing officially on March 15th. The Jeep India website has now opened pre-bookings on their site for the new Indian-built models.
The Wrangler has actually been on sale in the marketplace since August of 2019, but was, of course, imported in causing a price hike due to import taxes. The new Indian-built models should lower the price down some. The import models consisted of the Unlimited Sahara and Unlimited Rubicon models. However, the Jeep India does currently show those models, but we expect more models to built at the plant for regional distribution.
Those models are powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine producing 268 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is still unknown if Jeep will offer a diesel option for the region. The current 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 (known as the Multijet in Europe), is manufactured in Italy and has proven to be a great combination for the robust Wrangler. While the EMEA-region uses a smaller 2.2-liter MultiJet II four-cylinder-diesel in Wrangler, which can also be found under the hood of the EMEA-spec Jeep Cherokee (KL), Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and Alfa Romeo Giulia.
The addition of Wrangler production in India will be joined by the recently updated compact Jeep Compass (M6), the all-new fifth-generation Grand Cherokee, and a seven-passenger variant of the Jeep Compass (codenamed H6) which will be for the Indian and Brazilian markets.
Check back on March 15th, for all the details surrounding the new Indian-built Jeep Wrangler (J6).