Jeep Wrangler is going to receive a next gen update in which the company will equip it with a diesel engine as well as hybrid in order to appeal to a wider range of people.
It was a rumor, a couple of weeks back; but the company’s CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that a hybrid plug-in model for the Wrangler is indeed coming. A diesel version of the vehicle is already available in the European continent. The particular model is powered by a 2.8-liter turbo diesel model. It offers a cool 197 horsepower and 339 pound feet of torque.
The vehicle is envied by those who live in the United States and other countries which may not be case once the company brings it to everyone else. Speaking about the impending launch, Marchionne confirmed that the brand is indeed interested in adopting hybrid technology. Even though, they are keen on making vehicles that run only on electricity, it is considered to be a technical challenge at the moment. Instead, the company will opt for models that run for a short distance on battery, before switching to the conventional petrol engine.
According to a popular auto news magazine, the next Jeep Wrangler set for launch in other regions than Europe will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, capable of rendering 240 horsepower. We can’t confirm the same, as it is purely a rumored speculation at the moment and it may take a long time before the company officially announces their plans.
Jeep also has plans up its sleeve which will enable the brand to considerably reduce the weight of the Wrangler. The vehicle is expected to be durable and sturdy. Lightweight aluminum and steel parts will allow the engineers to make it a possibility while keeping the overall weight of the truck as low as possible.
While the next gen variant of the vehicle will be available in 2017 in showrooms, the diesel and the plug-in hybrid variants will take a long time to reach the buyers. Diesel models are expected to hit dealership stores in 2018, while the hybrids won’t be out until 2023, which definitely seems long from where we are now.
Many auto manufacturers, whether they like it or not are moving towards hybrid models, including ones like Maserati. The company’s CEO is clearly not interested in the electric technology, but confirmed that they will launch super cars with electric engines by 2020 to stay ahead of competition.