It is within the framework of the North American launch of the Grand Wagoneer L that Jeep confirmed the withdrawal of EcoDiesel engine from Wrangler. Indeed, like the Ram 1500, this engine will be withdrawn from the range in favor of the electric, which extends more and more within the Jeep range.
According to Jim Morrison, head of the Jeep brand in North America, strong demand for the Wrangler 4xe prompted the manufacturer to withdraw the Diesel option.
Remember that what attracted consumers to the EcoDiesel engine was its high torque combined with low fuel consumption. Indeed, this 3.0-litre V6 developed 260 horsepower and produced 442 lb-ft of torque. It was able to register a combined consumption (highway and city) of 9.5 litres/100 kilometres, according to Natural Resources Canada.
But if we compare these figures with the 4xe engine, we realize to what extent the Diesel no longer has its place. The plug-in hybrid develops a total combined power of 375 horsepower and produces 470 lb-ft of torque, while allowing an electric range of 40 kilometers. This is what drives consumers to opt for this engine, not to mention the additional savings at the pump and, in certain regions of the world, the incentives to purchase a plug-in hybrid vehicle. However, starting in 2023, EcoDiesel will no longer be offered in the Wrangler.
However, it is important to specify that the Gladiator will continue to offer it for some time, because this model still does not offer the 4xe engine. The Jeep pickup will therefore become the only model from the manufacturer to offer the option of a turbodiesel engine. It wouldn’t be surprising, however, if a Gladiator 4xe were introduced to the lineup in the near future.