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Rumor: Diesel Powered 2019 Jeep Wrangler Is Coming Soon

A new report has surfaced that reveals the 2019 Jeep Wrangler is finally getting a diesel engine.

Diesel is catching on here in the US. People love their trucks and SUVs, but would prefer to not have to remortgage the house just to pay for gas. Diesel engines are typically much more fuel efficient, and modern engines can even cut down on some emissions too.

Ford is already bringing the power of diesel to their F-150 pickups, with Chevrolet set to follow suit next year. Fiat Chrysler has had a diesel option for the Ram 1500 for years now, with their EcoDiesel finding its way to their Jeep Grand Cherokee as well. Now, the regular Jeep Wrangler JL is about to get the diesel treatment too.

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New dealer codes were found by the JL Wrangler Forums that revealed the Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trims will receive a 3.0-L EcoDiesel V6 engine--the very same engine as found on higher trims of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Along with the new EcoDiesel will be an 8-speed automatic transmission as well as start/stop technology to save on gas. No numbers have been officially released from Fiat Chrysler, who has been uncharacteristically quiet about the new diesel option, but its expected to produce roughly the same power as you find on the Grand Cherokee.

That’s 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, for those keeping track.

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Expect the new diesel option to produce some pretty stellar fuel economy numbers when the EPA gets around to rating it.

JL Wrangler Forums also found another code that might reveal the existence of a diesel-powered Wrangler with a 6-speed automatic transmission as well. Nothing can really be confirmed there quite yet, but if true it’d mean the same diesel efficiency as found on the automatic will also get the hands-on feel of a manual.

Of course, the automatic will provide better fuel economy in the long run. Just putting that out there if you’re already considering diesel as an option.

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