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Euro-spec Jeep Wrangler gets 200-hp turbodiesel engine

by Ronan Glon

The American-spec Wrangler will get a diesel, too.

Jeep has detailed the European-spec variant of the new 2018 Wrangler. The model is largely identical to the one sold on our side of the pond inside and out with one major exception.

Buyers in Europe can order the off-roader with a brand-new 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. It makes 200 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 331 pound-feet of torque at a relatively low 2,000 rpm. It comes with a stop-start system but Jeep hasn't released fuel economy figures yet.

The other engine offered is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that burns gasoline. It makes 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Jeep doesn't offer the Pentastar V6 in Europe.

Four-wheel drive comes standard, as you'd expect, but the only transmission offered is an eight-speed automatic. Jeep dropped the six-speed manual, a surprise in a market that continues to favor stick-shifts over automatics in many segments.

Jeep offered a turbodiesel in the last-generation Wrangler, too, and a majority of buyers selected it. The firm has never stuffed an oil-burner in an American-spec Wrangler but that will soon change. Decision-makers remain committed to adding a turbodiesel to the powertrain line-up in the not-too-distant future. It's too early to tell whether it will be the same 2.2-liter sold in Europe, however.

Photography by Byron Hurd.

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