Any fans of the Jeep Wrangler should be getting excited right about now—Chrysler has let us know that Jeep Wrangler pickup, diesel, and hybrid variants will all soon be available. The Wrangler is one of the most iconic vehicles on the market—a born performer that can handle the toughest trails with ease. The additional versatility of these added options will open up its potential to entirely new segments of the driving community.
Wrangler enthusiasts have been clamoring for a Jeep Wrangler pickup variant for years now. Several concept models, including the Gladiator and the J-12, have fanned the flames of longing, but it’s only recently that a pickup Wrangler has been confirmed.
This will be the first Jeep pickup since the Cherokee-based Comanche, and that went out of production way back in 1992. The new model should appear in 2017, and will add an additional level of practicality for drivers who need to combine go-anywhere performance with the ability to carry plenty of cargo.
Chrysler has not yet confirmed the exact diesel engine that will be available for four-door Unlimited models of the Jeep Wrangler, though the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6—which is currently used in the 2016 Ram 1500—is a strong contender.
With the ability to produce up to 240 hp and a staggering 420 lb-ft of low-end torque in the Ram 1500, such an engine would make an incredibly welcome addition to the Wrangler. Such a torque rating would take tow ratings further than ever and promise outstanding off-roading, all while Eco-Diesel technology optimizes reliability and efficiency.
We now know that the Wrangler will be available with a hybrid powertrain, though this is likely to appear after the diesel option. What we do know is that it will also be available with four-door Unlimited models, and Chrysler has confirmed that is will be a so-called “mild hybrid”—one that cannot power the vehicle using the battery alone.
Still, combined with the upcoming Wrangler’s aluminum-intensive construction, this change should be a good option for drivers who value efficiency, and we can’t wait to learn more.