2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon EcoDiesel First Test: Is the Diesel Worth the Wait?
By Christian Seabaugh, Brandon Lim, June 29th, MotorTrend

Not too long ago, you only really got four choices when buying a new Jeep Wrangler: two doors or four, soft top or hardtop, manual or automatic, and color. But with Wrangler sales through the roof and the full might of FCA behind the latest JL Wrangler, current buyers of the iconic Jeep are truly spoiled for choice-especially when it comes to engine options, with no less than five engine options available across the lineup. The latest to hit the streets is the highly anticipated diesel engine, and we hit the test track in a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon EcoDiesel to see if the wait was worth it.
Jeep's new EcoDiesel engine is actually one that Ram 1500 buyers have been familiar with for a couple years now. Now in its third generation, the EcoDiesel 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 gets some Wrangler-specific modifications (like the ability to withstand up to 30 inches of water) and makes the same 260 hp as it does in the Ram, but 'only' 442 lb-ft of torque-down 38 lb-ft to the pickup. An eight-speed automatic comes standard with the EcoDiesel engine, as does four-wheel drive. The new diesel is only available in four-door Wrangler Unlimited models-Jeep says the take rate w
ould be too low on two-door Wranglers to justify the investment. Same for a manual transmission. Read More
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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Options Allegedly Leaked

 
Christopher Smith, 3/6/2020, motor1.com

Pentastar and Hemi power could be joined by a new turbo four-cylinder and a plug-in hybrid model.

A new Jeep Grand Cherokee is coming. We caught our first glimpse of a heavily camouflaged prototype in August 2019, and it's remained an elusive creature in the spy photo world. We only have that single sighting to whet our appetite for the next-gen SUV, but a report from Allpar adds a bit more spice to the meal in the form of powertrain rumors.

With automakers moving to smaller turbocharged engines, there's been some speculation that the next Grand Cherokee in standard guise (as in, anything not tweaked with SRT madness) would nix V6 and V8 engine options entirely. The Allpar report seeks to squash those rumors with news from an alleged insider that yes, buyers will still have a Hemi V8 and the Pentastar V6 to choose from. It's unconfirmed obviously, and Jeep doesn't offer any official word on in-development vehicles. But it makes sense to offer some familiarity for buyers in the insanely competitive SUV segment.

Any way you slice it, changes are coming for the Grand Cherokee and it's about time. The current generation dates back to 2011, but age hasn't tempered sales of the SUV. 242,969 units were sold in 2019, an increase of 8 percent compared to 2018. As such, we can understand Jeep's reluctance to rock the boat too much with smaller engines and hybrid powertrains in a new generation.

We expect Jeep to reveal the new Grand Cherokee later this year as a 2021 model.

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