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by Jay Traugott
If sales of the upcoming Grand Cherokee diesel prove to be a success, then Jeep will seriously considering an oil-burning Wrangler.
For those of you looking to buy a Jeep Wrangler whose engine burns oil and not conventional gasoline, your wish may soon be granted. But it all depends on sales of the newly launched Grand Cherokee diesel. According to a new report from The Detroit Free Press, Jeep boss Mike Manley stated that he's fully aware that "Wrangler customers really want a diesel". But ultimately, public reaction to and the sales of the Grand Cherokee diesel will decide whether that'll happen.
Thing is, if a Wrangler diesel were to make it to production, buyers would be forced to pay quite a premium. Want proof? A leaked pricing document for the GC diesel shows that it'll cost around $4,500 above the standard V6 gas engine model. This 3.0-liter V6 diesel produces 420 lb-ft of torque and reportedly delivers a solid 30 mpg on the highway. More than likely, Jeep will use this same engine for the Wrangler if the project is given the green light. No potential production date was given but we can't image it'd be that hard to get that oil burner into the Wrangler in a relatively short time period.