With the confirmation that the new 2020 Scrambler is appearing as a truck, we are sure that 2020 Jeep Wrangler will remain in crossover SUV category. Many rumors informed that Wrangler is about to change its body shape. But finally, with an official statement, gossips are dispelled. While the current focus is on the Scrambler pickup truck, let’s see what to expect from 2020 Wrangler.
The official release date of the new pickup truck is set for LA car show. So, the new 2020 Jeep Wrangler could appear already in Detroit. These two will share many things in common. Engines and some design solutions for sure. But, we will know more about the crossover SUV when the Scrambler officially debuts. Then, we can claim some details with a higher dose of certainty.
While all enthusiasts are awaiting the news about the first pickup with Jeep badge after 30 years, Wrangler fans want to know more about its favorite vehicle. Well, the fourth generation of the arrived in 2017 as the 2018 year model. But, the truck rumors turned attention from this legendary 4×4. Now, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler could surprise us again. We will see if gossips about the diesel engine could come true.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Changes
The new 2020 Jeep Wrangler is not going to change a lot of things on its body. It will be the same 4×4 we already got used to seeing. Boxy design and a seven-slot grille are highlights the company will keep for some while. Minor details, such as exterior colors, could be refreshed. Well, paintjobs were a strong side of the Wrangler. Buyers could customize body and roof colors. Now, more than ten choices in the palette will be in the offer.
The interior of the Wrangler is not spectacular. However, controls are simple and the overall layout is very functional. The combination of modest and modern look makes this vehicle so special. Again, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler is not going to change the base layout. Leather seats, contrast stitches, and extra room for passengers on rear seats are what we are getting for upper trim levels. An 8.4-inch display is optional, and it is available with Uconnect infotainment system of the last generation.
Powertrain Choices for 2020 Jeep Wrangler
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler will carry over the existing engine lineup from its predecessor. But, that is not all, since we expect additions for the upcoming season. But, let’s check the specs sheet of the petrol squad.
The Base Engine – Four-Cylinder Unit
Under the hood of the entry-level crossover SUV is a new 4-cylinder drivetrain. Turbo unit is capable to produce 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. many fans were skeptical about this one. But, after the first drive, the turbo-four powertrain has proven its reliability. Buyers will choose either 6- or 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Proven Quality – Pentastar V6
A bigger displacement is a 3.6-liter V6, popular Pentastar engine. This one is well-known among Jeep fans. The new model can count on 285 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Lovers of the manual transmission can get a 2020 Jeep Wrangler with their favorite gearbox. The 4×4 vehicle is the only one to pairs it with Pentastar engine. Manual transmission maximizes the fuel economy since Wrangler returns 25 mpg on the highway with such case paired with the engine.
Rumors Come True – 2020 Jeep Wrangler Diesel Release Date
If we are seeing the same vehicle, then there is no sense to launch a new model. Addition of more hi-tech equipment or new colors is not making an impact. But, a diesel engine would create a storm. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler is going to offer a 2.2-liter turbodiesel powertrain as a part of the lineup. Fans of off-road drive can’t wait for the official confirmation. Leaked sources are confirming this is happening as the major refresh of the 2020 Wrangler.
The new engine will be capable to create 200 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. At least these are the numbers for the Euro-specs 4×4 vehicle. Again, an eight-speed transmission is the transfer case. Variable geometry turbocharger technology and DOHC system with the Stop-Start feature are standard for diesel models. We are sure the release date of the Wrangler diesel is coming soon. So, stay tuned. We will inform you about any new update about this model.
Long Shot – 2020 Jeep Wrangler Hybrid
Do not say no to the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Hybrid! Rumors are being louder and experts are not quite sure when they say it is impossible. Just have in mind that FCA is going to make a mild-hybrid version of its full-size truck Dodge Ram 1500. If they want, the 2020 Wrangler Hybrid will become a reality. On the other hand, bosses haven’t stepped up and mentioned it anywhere.
Jeep Wrangler V8? Not This Time
If chances for hybrid models are still 50/50 percent, then we can immediately write off a V8. At least factory versions. There are some custom models, where owners pack a huge engine to their Wrangler. But, with such conversions, you are losing the warranty. The company is not planning to bring such model any time soon. But, who knows, after 2022 when the current plan runs out, Wrangler could go after more power.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Configurations – Sport, Rubicon and Sahara Models
Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon are trim levels you will have in offer for the new 2020 Jeep Wrangler. The company is not bringing back the MOAB version, while the Sport S could appear in different form and name. Rubicon is going to be the most expensive option of these three. It is currently the most popular. But, Wrangler Sahara will come with lager 18-inch wheels, compared to 17-inchers for Rubicon. But, the other one is going to offer the Rock-Trac 4×4 system and body-protective features, such as steel skid plates and rock rails.
2020 Jeep Wrangler vs Wrangler Unlimited
Some could think the Wrangler Unlimited is a special version of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler. But no. It is a different vehicle. Although these two seems to be the same, the JK Unlimited version is longer. This brings more space for the interior. Passengers will have more room. Also, the 2020 Wrangler will fall short compared to its sibling when it comes to towing capacity. It will be rated at 2,000 pounds compared to 3,500 lbs the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited can haul. Advantages make the other model more expensive. For the Wrangler Unlimited, you will have to add around $4,000. Well, it is also going to offer more specialized trim levels.
2020 Ford Bronco vs Jeep Wrangler
No one is waiting for the official arrival of the 2020 Ford Bronco than 2020 Jeep Wrangler. These two will be big rivals according to rumors about the new Bronco. It could also launch the off-road version called Baby Bronco. Well, more info about the 2020 Wrangler is going to be available after its main rival comes out, probably in Detroit.
From everything we know, the Bronco is coming to the same segment as the Wrangler. So, Jeep must be on alert, since the interest about the new Ford’s 4×4 vehicle is very high. That is one of the reasons why we are seeing so many rumors about diesel, hybrid, and other models. In the end, buyers will benefit from this battle.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Release Date and Price
The new 2020 Jeep Wrangler will wait for its rival to come first. After that, the FCA is going to respond with new features for its 4×4 model. We are sure the level of changes for Wrangler depends on the new 2020 Bronco. Diesel unit is certain, and the hybrid is a plan B if the first one can’t cope with the rival.
We repeat, buyers will take the advantage of this fight, since Jeep can’t boost the price. So, the new 2020 Jeep Wrangler will start at $30,000 and top of the class Rubicon model will cost $41,000.