2020 Jeep Wrangler Has the Most Engine Options Yet
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler still continues to offer everything that anyone could possibly ever want in a Wrangler, and it comes in the most refined package ever. It’s still a capable, truck-like vehicle with a body-on-frame design and solid axles, and the various removable tops are available for those who prefer their off-roading with or without the sun. But the latest Wrangler, known as the JL, rides and handles better than any version before it.
What’s new for 2020?
For 2020, Jeep Wrangler is bringing a number of powertrain updates. One of the major ones is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 which is a turbocharged addition. The final specs haven’t been revealed yet, but for the Ram 1500, is 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
The new addition will only be available on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited which has an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the Rubicon and Sport trims, all of its engines now get a standard start/stop functionality, and they also get a gas V6 which joins the turbo-four engine in getting the eTorque mild-hybrid system on the automatic-equipped Sahara models. There are also some options and minor trim updates for 2020.
The Sport trim now has LED lighting as an option, and the Advanced Safety Group option package includes the 8.4-inch infotainment screen with navigation and automatic high beams now. There have been three new special edition models that have been added. The Willys Edition features a rear limited-slip differential, rock rails, and 32-inch mud-terrain tires and the Freedom Edition adds military-themed accents.
What’s it like inside?
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler’s interior matches the exterior looks. There’s no way to mistake it for any other vehicle when inside and the exterior paint bleeds through other parts of the interior as well. You can sit close to the windows and windshield that have a steeper rake to it with the redesign and all of the controls are easily within reach.
Buyers can opt for as much technology as they want in the Wranglers now. The base for the Wrangler comes with a basic 5-inch touchscreen. The A 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen is an option among FCA’s user-friendly Uconnect system.
The Sahara with all the leather boxes checked can start to feel luxurious inside. Regardless of the trim, though, the Wrangler’s interior is a very different place to be than most cars for sale today. It’s a great improvement over its predecessors.
There are a few roof designs available, but the Wrangler can still become a convertible. There is the “Freedom Top” hardtop which has removable panels above the front passenger and driver that makes the highway cruising a quieter affair. There are also two different soft tops available, which make for a quick convertible transformation.
The operation for either top has significantly improved on the latest generation. The new design allows passengers to remove the rear side panels without having to remove the back window and roof section as well. Doing this provides a convertible-like airflow without the sunburn.
Jeep also offers a Sky One-Touch roof which is an option. It has a resemblance of a hardtop except for the flat portion directly over your head which folds backward with a press of a button. Doing so lets you get close to the openness of a soft-top with its roof removed, but forgoes the complicated strategy of having to physically remove the soft top.
With the Wrangler, Jeep allows you to do some things that other manufacturers don’t. One of these things has to do with the doors. The doors can be taken off and the windshield can be laid flat on the hood. Remove the roof, and you’re left with a Jeep skeleton and features like these are the reason why the Wrangler is so well-loved by its fanbase.
How Big Is It?
The interior space for the 2020 Wrangler is respectable, especially if customers opt for the 4-door vehicle. The rear legroom in the two-door is 35.7 inches. Once you’re back there, seating is comfortable for short trips.
The cargo space for the two-door is 12.9 cubic-ft with the seats up, and it’s 46.9 cubic-ft with the seats folded down. The larger four-door has 31.7 cubic-ft of space with the seats up and 72.4 cubic-ft when folded down, which is comparable to many two-row mid-size crossovers. There is an ease when it comes to loading, but that depends on your choice of roof (soft-top or hardtop), and the hardtop opens up the swing door and glass area easily.
What’s the performance and fuel economy?
The Jeep Wrangler for 2020 has a 3.6-liter V6 for 2019 which produces 285 horsepower and 260-pound-feet of torque that comes standard. The vehicle can be paired with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 comes standard with an electronic stop/start functionality on the Rubicon and Sport models, and it can be found in the manual-transmission Sahara models.
The V6 Rubicon and Sport models add the start-stop system which automatically shuts down and restarts the internal combustion engine, reducing the amount of time the engine spends inactive, thereby reducing the fuel consumption and emissions; it also provides a bit of power when accelerating from a stop. This system was already standard on the Wrangler’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The diesel engine makes do solely with automatic stop/start.
The fuel economy for the manual two-door is 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined; the four-door gets lower highway and combined fuel economy at 23 mpg and 19 mpg respectively. The automatic two-door is rated 18/23/19 mpg, and the automatic 4-door is rated at 19/22/20 mpg with eTorque and 18/22/20 mpg just with start/stop. Optional is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with eTorque included.
Buyers can opt for a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower and up to 295 lb-ft of torque, and it’s only paired with the eight-speed auto. Fuel mileage gains with the two-door model return at 22/24/23 mpg and on the four-door it has 21/22/21 mpg in either the start/stop or the eTorque configurations. To reach these numbers, drivers will need to run premium fuel.
There was a 3.0-liter diesel V6 that was added, though the specifications, including the fuel economy and power, have not been announced yet. The engine on the Ram 1500 produces 260 horsepower. The Ram 1500 has a 480 pound-feet of torque.
What’s the Price and Features available?
Pricing has not been announced yet, but buyers can expect it to be around the same price as the 2019 model with the two-door Sport, which starts at around $30,000 (plus destination fee). The four-door version starts at approximately about $36,000 (plus destination fee).
Buyers can get 17-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, a soft top, manual windows, manual door locks, and a 5-inch touchscreen. On the Sport trim air conditioning is an option. Buyers can load up the new Wrangler with genuine luxury equipment as well as accident avoidance tech.
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