Posted on November 26, 2019 by Elizabeth Miles
2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel for sale | Toronto, Mississauga
You can’t beat a Wrangler right? Among those who are passionate about the superior capabilities of the Jeep Wrangler, on road and off there is a big dose of news just around the next bend. It has been the hopes of those in the market for a Jeep with a higher fuel economy, low-end torque and finally their patience has been rewarded with the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel. There was also the hope that it would remain a lower cost vehicle but two out of three ain’t bad. So when you next stroll into the Chrysler dealerships in Brampton, Barrie, Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, Peel and Burlington this new prize will await you, for a test drive.
The other wish that has been vocalized is for a diesel Jeep Wrangler and now with the 2020 Jeep Wrangler this is the stuff of dreams, albeit a little more expensive of a dream, but I digress. As I said the this edition has been so sought after, as there has really been nothing in the automotive market to realize that dream. The original Jeep Wrangler was built to see service in WWII and performed more than admirably and the new editions of this have remained gasoline-fuelled vehicles…until now. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel has succeeded where other automotive companies have failed to create an environmentally positive diesel powered wonder Jeep. I can’t help but think Generals the world over would be excited to operate that.
So how does this EcoDiesel engine change what we can expect from a Jeep Wrangler? For one there is the improved fuel economy, which has in itself put the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel miles above the competition where off road adventures are concerned! However there are some alterations that consumers need to be aware of.
Similar to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler edition it is constructed as a body-on-frame meaning the body of the vehicle is mounted on a very rigid vehicle frame. This combined with the duel solid axil suspension, antiquated steering box and quite frankly its less than aerodynamic form means that it is not as great on road. However as a counterbalance there are major improvements to the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel. Take for example its off-road performance, fuel economy, swanky interior, refined aesthetics and the on-road improved usability. I could continue about the fun features but I will leave you to discover the rest for yourself!
The major difference of course is the inclusion of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, also used in the RAM 1500 that similarly sweeps its predecessor. The question is how did Wrangler modify its design to accommodate a diesel motor? The Jeep Wrangler achieves 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter engine which is naturally aspirated V6 (285 HP, 260 lb-ft) and 2.0-liter turbo inline-four (270 HP, 295 lb-ft), that makes the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel is a smidgen less on power, however the much improved torque makes up for that.
The specs are quite good considering the excellent new diesel modifications pack on an extra 400 pounds over the gas editions. An increase in weight made it a necessary to use a stiffer suspension system by 10%. They also wanted to improve the jounce control to avoid any clearance issues, which caused the designers to stick with the same high suspension height, however the ground clearance will tend to change based on trims, because of the variations in tire size.
The other little detail, which may not seem small to some is the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel only comes in a four-door edition. This inevitably does increase the size of the vehicle and the small breakover angle is also an unfortunate side effect, however the real reason Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts may scoff is the automatic transmission. It has taken the better part of 50 years anticipating something that is a little lighter on its wheels so to speak to go off-roading, accompanied by a traditional stick-shift. Instead the reality is a more than 4,600 pound four-door monster with a slightly disappointing eight-speed auto.
With a 442 lb-ft torque figure, down from 1,400 RPM, is lower than the 480 lb-ft on the Ram. This is due to the rear differential caused by the smaller ring gear and creating a lower torque capacity than the DT Ram. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler all have a 220 mm rear axle ring gear and the 210 mm front ring gear. This feature is usually found on gas powered Jeeps with Rubicon trims. The non-Rubicon gas Wranglers sport a 186 mm ring gear in front and 200 mm ring gear in back. To add to this these Wranglers are offered with various axle ratios, while the EcoDiesel gets 3.73 gearing regardless of the trim.
If we continue to compare the Jeep Wrangler’ s 3.0-liter engine to Ram’s its not just the torque output that makes it dissimilar. Jeep altered the engine by moving the alternator higher up to assist with crossing treacherous waters. This is along with a change to shock-tuning; firewall sound-dampening decreasing noise and vibration, as well as new skid plates over the fuel-system and emissions components. The change to the fuel tank has made relocating the injection pump to the driver’s side of the engine necessary. Also the intake and exhaust are different than the Ram’s, due to the shape of the oil pan, which was only altered because of the issue of the packaging constraints.
The fuel tank is smaller, only 18.3 gallons in comparison to the gas models which are 21.5, quite a difference. However if you put that into perspective the acceleration of this vehicle compared to the gas editions has not been adversely effected, in spite of the smaller fuel tank. When you are bombing down the road in your 2020 Jeep Wrangler you could creep up to a cruising range of more than 500 miles and on the journey of life it will certainly get you there…fast.