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2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel First Drive – Smoothing the Rough Edges

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There’s not a whole lot of main change that might be acceptable to Jeep Wrangler consumers. They’ve a set picture of what the vehicle ought to appear to be and what it ought to be. Deviate too removed from that formulation, both when it comes to fashion or mission, and there will probably be hassle.

In line with Jeep model bosses, there was one factor that consumers have been “clamoring” for — an merchandise that might change the mannequin’s character with out affecting styling or negatively affecting functionality, on- or off-street.

That factor? A diesel engine.

(Full disclosure: Jeep shuttled me from Las Vegas to Utah, fed me, housed me, and flew me residence, all in order that I might drive this model of the Wrangler. They provided a hat that I didn’t take.)

This diesel is a three.zero-liter turbodiesel V6 that makes 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. It’s obtainable on 4-door Sport/Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon trims, and it mates solely with an eight-velocity automated transmission, and the max towing capability is three,500 kilos. Jeep people did trace that they’d make a guide obtainable if there was sufficient consumer demand.

Common modifications for 2020 are minimal, and diesel Wranglers are outfitted and styled kind of like the fuel-engine fashions. So choosing the diesel modifications little outdoors of powertrain efficiency and the associated on-street dynamics.

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

The attraction of an oil-burner in a Wrangler is twofold. Extra torque results in higher acceleration, and a diesel must be extra fuel-environment friendly. Jeep doesn’t have EPA-licensed fuel financial system numbers but, however I noticed round 30 mpg at freeway cruise speeds.

Acceleration is smoother and extra stout, though the Wrangler nonetheless isn’t quick. The out there torque peak lasts from 1,four hundred rpm to 2,800 rpm. With the peak being so near idle, it’s virtually immediately out there at throttle tip-in. Passing and merging predictably turn into simpler than in the Pentastar-powered Wrangler. Conversely, one have to be cautious with all that torque when off-roading, particularly when traversing low-traction surfaces.

Talking of off-street, as per regular with a Jeep junket, we have been turned unfastened to crawl rocks and slide throughout sand. The Wrangler is simply as succesful on this guise as it’s with a fuel engine, and apart from the torque on faucet and the diesel clatter, there appeared no noticeable distinction between a diesel Rubicon and a fuel-powered mannequin.

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

That is the story with journey and dealing with, too. It nonetheless has the wandering steering of a Wrangler, in addition to the the uneven experience and the tire/street/wind noise that comes together with a blocky form and detachable roofs. It’s nonetheless a Wrangler – simply with a diesel soundtrack and smoother, faster acceleration.

What price do you pay for the diesel? Performing some fast math, and never together with the $1,495 vacation spot charge, the unfold is $6,000 over the base V6 with a stick, $four,500 over the 2.zero-liter fuel turbo 4, $four,000 over the delicate hybrid turbo 4 (Sahara trim), $three,250 over the V6 with an automated, and $2,750 over the delicate hybrid V6 (Sahara).

2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

You get a livelier Wrangler with a basic diesel soundtrack, the similar out there features and off-street functionality, and certain improved mpg.

Jeep claims clients have been clamoring for this engine. In that case, these Wrangler consumers and intenders received what they requested for. It comes at a price, however I think those that needed an out there diesel on this rig will discover it value it.

[Images © 2019 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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