Jeep Wrangler to pair 8-speed auto with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel

Shared with the Ram 1500, the torquey turbodiesel produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of twist.

Fiat Chrysler is reportedly planning to offer the next-generation Wrangler with its new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine as an available powerplant.

The diesel burner will be paired with the company's latest eight-speed transmission, unnamed sources have told Autoblog.

Some automakers have encountered trouble expanding diesel offerings in the US market, but FCA appears to be the exception with its 2015 Ram 1500. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel option is said to have accounted for 20 percent of early production, double the company's initial expectations.

Buyers in many international markets can already purchase Jeep's iconic off-roader with a diesel mill. If the next-gen Wrangler matches the Ram 1500 specs, drivers can expect 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque -- up 40 ponies and 80 lb-ft of twist compared to the 2.8-liter oil burner in the current Euro-spec Wrangler.

FCA is also considering a hybrid system for the redesigned Wrangler, potentially with even more initial torque than the diesel engine. Such a setup could be beneficial for rock crawling, but the company will only implement such a powertrain if electric range will not pose a serious problem.

The redesigned model is expected to make its official debut sometime in 2017.

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