Torque! That's what you need when you want to drive your car up a steep mountain, force your way through waist-deep mud, or even something more mundane - like towing a jumbojet.
Jeep has finally realized that the best way to get bucket loads of torque is by installing a turbocharged diesel engine.
The new 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoDiesel V6 Jeep Wrangler will be sold exclusively in the American market.
3 Say Hello To The Jeep Wrangler Diesel
The engine is actually the FCA group’s third generation of the EcoDiesel V6 and is being built at FCA's facility in Ferrara, Italy.
The diesel Jeep will be available in Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trim levels and you can expect to find it in U.S. dealerships before the end of this year.
2 What Makes It So Special?
We've already mentioned why you need torque, and this engine produces 442lb ft of it, along with 260-ish galloping horses. Being a Jeep, it goes without saying that this is fed to all four wheels.
The eight-speed automatic gearbox has over 40 different shift maps to optimize gear changes for performance, off-road capabilities, and fuel economy.
1 A Vast Improvement
Jeep claims the new engine is the most fuel-efficient as well as the highest torque-rated engine ever fitted in a Wrangler. Then again, it could hardly be less fuel-efficient than the existing models.
Jeep hasn't made any statements regarding the actual mpg figures yet, but they reckon the EcoDiesel will provide more range on a single tank than any other Wrangler - Which is great news for those who tend to get lost when driving in the wilderness.