Future Wrangler’s Challenge: Fuel Efficiency

Wardsautologoby Aaron Foley, WardsAuto, March 29 2013

AUBURN HILLS, MI ‚Äì The stalwart Jeep Wrangler’s next hurdle to clear is to boost fuel economy without alienating its fervid customer base, a task executives say is easier said than done.

A diesel powertrain is expected in the next-generation Wrangler, Jeep’s top executive confirmed toWardsAutoearlier this year. Still, even with that and the new option of the fuel-saving 3.6L Pentastar V-6, fuel efficiency is a challenge because the bulky Wrangler can weigh more than 1,000 lbs. (454 kg) than the Grand Cherokee, the next-largest vehicle in Jeep’s lineup.

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