EPA Fuel-Economy Figures for 2018 Jeep Wrangler Confirm V-6 ""

By | November 6, 2017

2018 Jeep Wrangler

The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected to offer a range of powertrain options including a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a diesel V-6 when it goes on sale later this year. While we’ll have to wait until the model’s official debut at the Los Angeles auto show at the end of the month to learn more, the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed what we long suspected: the current Wrangler’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine will once again power Jeep’s off-road-ready model.

According to the EPA, the redesigned Wrangler’s V-6 will be paired to either an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. When equipped with the automatic transmission, the new Wrangler will sip a gallon of fuel for every 18 miles traveled in the city and 23 miles on the highway. Opting for the shift-it-yourself gearbox sees the city rating fall to 17 mpg. Both figures are for models equipped with four-wheel drive. We have no reason to suspect that Jeep will offer a rear-wheel-drive variant.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Although the EPA’s website only lists fuel economy for the new four-door Unlimited model, we expect the smaller two-door Wrangler will also use the tried-and-true six-cylinder. If the previous-generation Wrangler is anything to go by, expect the two-door Wrangler V-6 to return at least 1 mpg more in the city over its bigger four-door counterpart.

Regardless, the new model’s reported weight loss and aerodynamic improvements appear to result in real-world fuel-economy gains, with the new model besting its predecessor’s figures for the Unlimited four-door models equipped with the standard manual transmission (16/21 mpg) and the optional automatic (16/20 mpg).

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