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 instrument gauges.
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.