The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel is the model that serious Jeep enthusiasts have been wanting for decades.
Suddenly those considering the iconic model have a bevy of choices. There’s never been a diesel Wrangler, and it’s out at dealerships about now. There’s never been a plug-in hybrid Wrangler either, and that’s due sometime later next year.
The EcoDiesel, which this week has been rated at 25 mpg combined by the EPA, is only offered in Wrangler Unlimited form—the four-door extended-wheelbase version of the Wrangler.
The next most efficient models in the Wrangler Unlimited lineup, the 2.0-liter turbo-4 models, use 20 percent more fuel. Converted to total grams per mile of greenhouse gas emissions (tailpipe and upstream combined), the Wrangler EcoDiesel produces 506 grams per mile versus the 2.0-liter models’ 514 g/mile.
2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel
The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 is essentially the same as it is installed in the Ram 1500 pickup, which we’ve tested. It makes 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The engine, produced in Italy, is the third-generation EcoDiesel and received a long list of engineering improvements including a redesigned exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) system, a redesigned cylinder head, and a new generation water-cooled turbocharger. Other changes address noise and vibration, yet it’s fully up to the rigors of off-roading—like water fording.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel
Bollinger B1 prototype
The fully electric Rivian R1S could shake up this segment. So could the Bollinger B1. But both cost far more than the $39,290 base price for the Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel, though, in its more affordable Sport trim. Anything else with this level of off-road prowess can’t match the Wrangler EcoDiesel’s fuel efficiency. The Toyota 4Runner gets an EPA combined 17 mpg, for instance.
So to this we ask, is this a green vehicle? We’d like to hear your comments below.