Jeep parent company FIAT Chrysler Automobiles doesn’t generally comment about upcoming vehicle specs. But if a recent report is to be believed, there are a bevy of new engine options coming for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler — including diesel versions.
Long story short? It’s a great time to be looking at a new Jeep.
Our friends at Jalopnik recently received word that there will be up to six engine choices for the legendary 4×4. In their anonymous tip, there was apparently no mention of the hybrid powertrain rumors we’ve previously reported on, but it might make sense to roll that out when the next-gen design gets refreshed. Nothing was mentioned about the — fairly outlandish, honestly — rumors that a six-speed stick will no longer be an option. And if we had to bet? We’d say that fans of the third pedal won’t be disappointed.
But right now, word is buyers will be able to choose from two versions of the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, a 3.0-liter or 2.2-liter diesel, and two 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. We’re going to guess that the multiple versions of the Pentastar and 2.0-liter mean turbocharged options will be on the table, which would make for some seriously beefy Wranglers. And that would definitely jive with FCA’s current thinking that when it comes to power — see the Demon and Hellcat — there’s no kill like overkill.
Along with the diesels and the turbo mills, the report also says we might see another Jeep first, by way of a power-retractable hardtop. Now, we know that there are going to be major changes to the chassis of the next-gen Wrangler, as this is widely reported to be the biggest shakeup in the model’s 76-year history. But we’re having a hard time picturing exactly what a power-retractable hardtop looks like in this application. The other configurations — two- and four-door, versions, body-colored hardtops, black and tan soft tops — seem far easier to visualize. Maybe that’s why we’re not Jeep engineers.
Regardless, AutoNation Jeep dealers are sure to have plenty of options for buyers when the new Wranglers finally hit showrooms. More news when we have it.