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Old 07-02-2019, 07:29 AM   #1
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Why is there only one diesel option in the 2019 Jeep JL Wrangler range?

The option of a diesel-powered Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has been on the Aussie Jeeper’s wishlist for the past decade and is a welcome addition to that model.

However, the oiler powerplant does come with somewhat of a caveat: the Wrangler has never been known as a load-lugger and this rings even truer with the diesel JL Wrangler Rubicon’s paltry 470kg load capacity. Throw in four burly blokes and their luggage and it’s all over.

The lighter-weight petrol Rubicon does slightly better, offering 570kg, but even then, once you add a bullbar up front, roof-rack on top and the aforementioned quartet of boofheads, you’re close to capacity.

The significant price increase across the Wrangler range can, perhaps, be slightly justified due to the increased tech featured in the vehicle added to the already highly regarded off-road capability. Whether this, along with the smoothing of the Wrangler’s previous ‘rough edges’ – and the availability of that diesel Rubicon – is enough in this ever-more-crowded mid-size 4x4 wagon market segment, remains to be seen.

For the true Jeeper, though, and anyone else looking for a ‘traditional’ 4x4, it’s probably still one of the toughest and most capable out-of-the-box off-roaders, and price may not matter.

Australia doesn’t get the 2.0-liter turbo-petrol ‘eTorque’ engine, with its mild hybrid system that utilizes a 48V generator to provide a short power boost when you put the boot in.
Old 07-02-2019, 08:56 AM   #2
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If you want to go wheeling, buy a RZR Crew.

Otherwise, the powerplants in Wranglers have always been garbage.
The old 4.0L can be alright if you toss some forced induction on it, but a V8 swap with some one ton axles is normally the best/cheapest route to go to get them capable. Find a smashed up Ram 2500 or F250 and steal parts!

And wheeling in a diesel kinda sucks. I've done it, sounded like a good idea, it sucks. In order to spool turbo's, you either burn up a clutch, or get that trans fluid really warm. A snappy V8 just works a lot better.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:29 AM   #3
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Half a dozen 4.0 Jeeps and they have all treated me well. Had an LSx CJ-7 that of course had better mileage and economy, but it didn't wheel any better. If anything it held less traction because it had the power to bust loose.

Never did a legit weight and balance on the thing lol, but I've had me and another big dude, two 90 lbs Dobermans, TIG welded roll cage, heavy steel bumpers, 40's that weighed 160 lbs each and all kinds of gear on the regular. 45k miles a year daily driving it and it was fine. Build it, don't buy it.
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