A recently redesigned Jeep Wrangler continues to exploit its
timeless styling and provide undisputed off-road capability mixed with some
modern comfort, tech and safety features. The legendary SUV spawned also the
Jeep Gladiator pickup truck while it continues to be available in two-door,
short-wheelbase and four-door Unlimited versions.
The current Jeep Wrangler can be had with two powertrain options including the old-school V-6 and turbocharged four-cylinder unit. Jeep promised the diesel-powered Wrangler and FCA will likely add the oil burner for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler version. The Wrangler was also spotted while testing what seems to be the plug-in hybrid version but it’s not clear when this variant will appear. Details about the plug-in hybrid setup are still scarce but Jeep promised “equivalent” off-road capability as with the conventional powertrains. Other changes should include revised equipment organization and new color and wheel options.
2020 Jeep Wrangler: Design
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler will continue to the new model with
the same styling. The iconic Wrangler arrived with evolutionary styling changes
for the fourth-generation versions and slightly larger. The model will again
appear in two body styles, a two-door and four-door Unlimited versions. The
Wrangler Unlimited rides on a 21.6-inch longer wheelbase.
Defining the look of the off-road ready Wrangler will be
boxy body, seven-slot grille, broad fenders, circular headlights, exposed door
hinges and tailgate-mounted spare wheel.
Both versions will offer removable soft and hard tops.
The Wrangler will use 17- and 18-inch wheels and new color
options should appear for the next model year.
The interior of the new Wrangler will also keep the same
form. Circular elements will again dominate on the dash including air vents and
The models will also use comfortable front seats and provide
good cargo room. There will be around 32 cubes with all seats up and up to 72.4
cubes with the rear seats folded. Jeep will use cloth and upgraded cloth
upholstery and offer also leather-treated interior.
The tech equipment will cover different infotainment system options and several advanced safety systems. The base Uconnect platform will come with a 5-inch center display combined with eight speakers, USB port, etc. The next-level Uconnect system will provide Apple Car Play and Android Auto support and come with a 7-inch touchscreen and an additional USB port. An 8.4-inch touchscreen and navigation combined with a 9-speaker Alpine sound system will be the next-level upgrade. The safety equipment will include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and parking sensors.
2020 Jeep Wrangler: Powertrains
On the performance front, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler will return
with the current two options with an addition of the diesel unit. The plug-in
hybrid is in the works but it’s not clear when it will appear.
A 3.6-liter V-6 will be standard and paired with either
six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic gearbox. The engine will
make 285 horsepower and torque of 260 pound-feet. The four-door Wrangler
equipped with the V-6 engine and 8-speed auto unit should return 18 mpg city
and 23 mpg highway.
Buyers can opt for the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
engine accompanied by the mild-hybrid eTroque system and 8-speed automatic
transmission. This combination will deliver 270 hp and torque of 295
pound-feet. The four-door Wrangler with this powertrain will earn around 22 mpg
city and 24 mpg highway. The two-door version will do slightly better with EPA
ratings of 23/25 mpg city/highway.
The new torquier powertrain option should appear in form of
the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine while the European version uses the 2.2L
turbo-4 unit. This should also appear in the new generation Ram 1500 producing
around 260 hp and torque of 442 pound-feet.
The plug-in hybrid version could appear either for the 2020
or 2021 model year. Jeep hasn’t revealed details about the electrified
powertrain but it won’t likely be the all-new setup. The Wrangler will likely
use a similar setup as the Chrysler Pacifica with the specifically tailored
drive modes and settings for the low-speed off-road ride. The system should
combine the gasoline engine and electric motors with the battery capacity
around 16-kWh. If that would be the case, the Wrangler would likely provide
around 30 miles of the all-electric range.
2020 Jeep Wrangler: Release, Price
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler will likely reach the market this
fall. The plug-in hybrid could appear later in the year or in early 2020. The
base price should again start around $28, 000. The Wrangler PHEV could cost
about $10, 000 more than the conventionally powered version.