Just a few weeks ago, Jeep® quietly showed the public their new 2020 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel models to those in attendance at the State Fair of Texas. Soon after, several websites got their hands on order guides from dealers and released the pricing of the EcoDiesel models to the public. Now, the company has released some new information to its dealer network about its upcoming 3.0-liter EcoDiesel models that really caught our attention.
Thanks to one of our dealer contacts, we can share this information with you. According to Jeep®, although the official fuel economy rating has not been released, the Company is stating that they estimate the Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel will get an increase of fuel economy of 20% when compared to the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 equipped models. Jeep® estimates that the EcoDiesel should give the Wrangler Unlimited a driving range of over 540 miles per tank, with an estimated 30 MPG rating.
The third-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will be only available on Unlimited (four-door) models and are only available with a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission. The EcoDiesel option will have a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $6,000 USD over the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with the 6-speed manual transmission. The EcoDiesel option carries an MSRP of $4,000, while the automatic transmission adds the other $2,000 to the window sticker.
According to the dealer information, the 2020 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel will begin production on November 25th, 2019.
The new EcoDiesel Wrangler has been on the wish list for many Jeep off-road enthusiasts for a number of years. The engine’s ability to make 442 lb. ft. of torque (147 more lb.-ft. of torque than the 2.0-liter turbo inline-four) and low RPM, should make the Wrangler even better at climbing tough terrain.
We had a chance to drive the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 in the 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel. We were highly impressed with its ability to climb rocky and muddy terrain with very little throttle input. The little diesel also really impressed us with its quietness while idle and in driving conditions, which actually made it enjoyable to drive long distances. So we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Wrangler offering in the months to come.