Jeep Wrangler Diesel CRD Coming 2016


Finally, a Jeep Wrangler diesel is within sight! According to Edmunds, an anonymous industry insider has tipped that the 2016 Jeep Wrangler, which will be available 2015, will have a diesel engine option. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering that Chrysler group now offers diesel options for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2014 Dodge RAM 1500. Don’t forget that they’ve also been testing a diesel Jeep Wrangler in the states.

Not only will the 2016 Jeep Wrangler receive the CRD diesel option, but it’ll be given a refresher – presumably with a new interior trim and exterior colors/options. This move will renew the JK Wrangler as it nears the end of its decade long tenure. I’ve also been told that the 2017 model year is when we should expect a new Wrangler from Jeep. I was told this during EJS ’13 by a Jeep employee working on the project.

There isn’t much known about the diesel engine that the Wrangler will use, but it’s a safe bet to say that it’ll be the VM Motori 3L V6 EcoDiesel that’s found in the ’14 Grand Cherokee and RAM 1500. This new 3.0L V-6 diesel engine will most likely be combined with the new 8-speed transmission scheduled to be released with the 2014 Wrangler. This combo could give the 2016 Jeep Wrangler CRD fuel economy rating over 30mpg, which is bound to delight, but it comes with a steep stprice tag. Jeep added a $4,500 premium for the Grand Cherokee’s diesel option, which is $2,305 more than the Hemi V8.

Now that we know a diesel is coming to the Wrangler, let’s talk about what the market wants in the next-generation Jeep Wrangler


30 thoughts on “Jeep Wrangler Diesel CRD Coming 2016

  1. I don’t think I’d get the diesel…it’s considerably more expensive to buy…and diesel runs around 30 cents a gallon more.

    • The smaller four-cylinder diesels should also be an option for the wranglers those who wish to use their jeeps for just running around and for those who are pulling something heavier the 3 L V-6 diesel option makes a lot of sense. The great percentage of the Europeans can’t be wrong in their choice for diesel power in their cars why is it that the manufacturers are so reluctant to give the North American market the kinds of diesels that they have available in European market? Makes one wonder what the agenda is. Mind you I’m a bit of a diesel freak but in just the fundamentals of the mechanical efficiency of a diesel engine over gasoline engine diesel makes a lot of sense. Another thing all these new engines and cars and computers in them why can’t we dial in different fuel maps that give greater levels of efficiency if or not using all the power that’s currently selected this would do a lot for giving greater options in improved efficiency. All of these diesel engines should have exhaust brakes built-in taking advantage of the high compression engine in reduced break use while driving. Much of the new regulation has created higher levels of fuel inefficiency under the guise of saving the environment. Another option should be with a exhaust brake default on option. It’s a great driving tool, once people realize its benefits more would use it.

  2. O|||||||O Diesel sure, 50K price tag heck no, I plan on buying one 3 years after they come out and are 18 to 15k on the used market. I wish they would have done this to the TJ Body instead of the JK,however we will take what we can get. Really thought a 2005 to 2006 Rubicon LJ with a strait 6 is hard to beat, only way to do it better is put a 4B Cummins in it, then you have a 26 to 30mpg torque monster diesel.

  3. I’d love a 2.5 ~ 3.0L turbo diesel option, but only if matched to a 6 speed MANUAL transmission (I have ZERO interest in an automatic). Fuel prices will always vary and the differences between gasoline and diesel cost will always be a cluster. I really want a clean burning diesel with great fuel economy (diesel engines sound awesome too). PS: for you mudders – diesels are better in water!

    • Having a bad feeling that some moronic thought process will limit us to the slush pump with the diesel instead of the stick here is the US. Pray that I am wrong.

  4. In Europe since many years we have diesel (wrangler use 2.8 l Mercedes). Lower fuel needs, lots of torque.
    Waiting for a 100% jeep diesel engine

  5. I have held off buying a new Jeep until the diesel becomes available. The key for me will be price. VW has no problem making diesel cars for a reasonable price and they get great mileage. Wish that Cummins would have been chosen as the diesel supplier.

    • VW did a great job with the TDi in the Amarok, and I hope that Chrysler took some notes. Personally, I’ve been holding off on a JK until I see what the new Wrangler diesel can do, but I also wish they would’ve chosen Cummins rather than VM Motori for the supplier.

  6. In Switzerland the difference between diesel and gasoline is 5%. Using european metrical datas a 2.8 turbodiesel engine gives 180hp and 360 – 400 nM torque at 1500 – 1800 rpm using 6 – 7 litres for 100 km, because of that we use lot of diesel engines. The gasoline costs 7$ per gallon…

  7. I just bought a Sahara Unlimited this spring I will have to wait till the diesel has been out a couple of years before I can buy one… but I will spend the extra money for it, at 21mpg with the 3.6 and im guessing a real world 30mpg even with 4.10s on the diesel it will pay for its self inside of 2 years plus a lot of people forget diesel engines last ALOT LONGER my friends 5.9 Cummings has well over 350,000 on it and its getting better mileage now then it did when it was new….. It would be smart to see Chrysler pay a tribute to the Hardcore wrangler fans and put in a 4.0L Cummings straight 6….. think about that all of the jeep faithfull would be behind that move plus people here know and trust Cummings you wouldn’t have the 2 year lag of people scared to buy because they don’t know if the new engine is crap “Its a Cummings its perfect”

    • Great points Ryan, personally – I agree that a Cummins should go in the new 2016 Jeep Wrangler Diesels, but it seems as if Chrysler and Cummins have parted ways on light duty diesels now that VM Motori has taken over. I’ll probably wait at least a model year to see the initial performance of the 3L EcoDiesel. I’m excited to see what Cummins and Nissan put out in the new Titan – could be something big!
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  8. Personally I think the VM Motori is a great choice. They have been building diesels for a long time in the much larger diesel market in Europe and the 3.0 is currently proving itself in the Grand Cherokee and soon the RAM 1500. Cummins is developing a brand new engine with Nissan for the Titan. That has not been proven like the 4BT, 5.9, etc.
    As with all new engines it will take a few years to work out the bugs. I am disappointed in the excessive price premium however.

        • It’s hard to say, what we do know is that the Wrangler will have a diesel in the next update. Whether that’s a CRD badge or something else remains to be determined. It’s safe to say that it’ll most likely be at a premium price point like the Rubicon.

  9. Eh already beat them to it. Put a 1.9 TDI in my YJ. It’s a perfect match and kept the wiring harness to tuning is a snap. Great torque and MPG. The Cummings are just too heavy. My TDI was 300 pounds lighter than the 2.5 I pulled out.

  10. I will be ordering a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRD Rubicon just as soon as I can. As fuel prices continue to climb, the 30mpg will be more important.
    Also with the larger tires, lift, and increased weight of a winch/bumper the diesel will be less likely to drop to 13mpg like my current JKL Rubi.

  11. I own a Dodge Ram 2500 4 door with the 5.9 cummings diesel about 7200 lb. it gets 24 mpg on the highway. I own a wrangler 2 door with 3.8 v-6 about 4000 lb. it gets 20mpg. I have a fuel cost of $250 a month on the jeep.. FOR THOSE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND THE ADVANTAGE OF DIESEL POWER I SAY THIS 1600 RPM’S DIESEL NOT 5000 RPM’S IN A GAS ENGINE . THE 3.0 V-6 PUTS OUT 410 FP OF TORK THAT IS SAME AS THE HEMI V-8 . I will buy on for sure, I also own 2 vipers and a prowler

  12. I was most certain to purchase a Wrangler when the Diesel engine was available, that is until I see there won’t be a manual transmission option. If Jeep wants my payments every month please make a manual transmission option for for this power plant, most diesel powered vehicles have it so why not Jeep Wrangler.

  13. Ohh hell yeah, Diesel with an 8 speed manual AND a turbo. Of course leave it to stupid American auto manufactures to put an aut in it. It urks me that they are always playing the money milking game. Look at Europe, Look at America. Sometimes you’d think we were being punished. Cows probably think theyre being punished when they get milked too.

  14. What Jeep really needs to do is to put the wrangler on a weight diet, by swapping as much steel as possible for aluminum, composites, etc, yes including the frame, the tub, the doors, fenders, hood, as much as possible, engine/ drive-train included it would save weight, improve mpg, and keep the new jeeps from becoming rust victims before they are paid off! And for god sakes, ditch that damn carpet and just spray-line the floor )and ditch all the “Unnecessary plush” items, Why install a 100lbs entertainment/ sat/ nav head unit when a 10 lb unit would do just as well. go back to the free-spin, manual lock front hubs, that would shave close to 1,000 lbs off the curb weight. also lets be honest the current v-6 in the jeep has been disappointing at best, and the gearing not helping, so a revised 4.0L Inline -6 in an aluminum block (Stroked!), or a 4cyl diesel (americans want a Cummins but since Fiat owns Jeep if a diesel is comming it probably be a VM Motori, although a VW TDI would be a good purchase choice? The Wrangler is overdue for an updated transmission and gearing, a good 8 spd is needed and I hate to say it but 3.11 gearing or 3.75 gearing with a 4.11 offered as a option, for the 4-door and 2-door 4X4′s and a all aluminum stroked 2.5L I-4 matted to either a manual trans or a CVT trans for the Girls… in a 2-door AWD or 4×2?
    Perhaps put a a CJ or TJ styled hood to but some cowl vents on the hood to let the air out from underneath for cooling and Aerodynamics? the Wrangler was meant to be a “Keep it Simple Stupid Vehicle” not plushed out! leave the plush for the grand Cherokee!

  15. I have a 2008 grand cherokee with a 3.0 diesel and absolutely love it! Will definitely get the new wrangler with diesel when it is available in North America

  16. Guys and girls I am from Australia and Australians are just starting to get wind how good your wranglers are.Due to Toyota and Nissan are no longer producing a hard core 4wd like your wrangler. Please bring on the diesel for us die hard fans in Australia. Go jeep.