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Imagine our excitement when a Jeeper friend in Michigan spotted the Jeep team at a fuel stop filling up a Jeep JL Diesel and Jeep Wrangler Pick Up with, well, DIESEL.
And she sent us photos!
The long awaited Jeep JL Diesel and Jeep Wrangler Pick Up truck are on their way. Jeepers everywhere have been waiting not-so-patiently on these two vehicles for what feels like forever.
After all, it was back in 2006 when the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Sergio Marchionne told the world, via The Detroit News, that the Jeep Wrangler Pick Up was coming.
And it wasn’t until 2017, when the Jeep JL Diesel was officially announced.
We’ve all been waiting, many of us with pink slips in hand, ready to trade in on a diesel option.
Even those that don’t want to admit it are thinking about it… trust me.
Jeep JL Diesel Spy Photos
By now we’ve all seen the photos of the gas version of the JL, many of us have been lucky enough to have seen them in person, some folks have them, even fewer folks have had a chance to ride in one on the trails.
But the gas versions are out there. Believe it or not, it is already old news. I personally saw a Jeep JL gasser this last weekend rock crawling out here in Texas.
What is NOT out there, at least not available to the general public, is this little guy, the Jeep JL Diesel.
Announced at the 2017 LA Auto show, the Jeep JL Diesel was promised to have a 3.0 Liter V6 EcoDiesel with an 8 speed automatic transmission. This set up claims to provide 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque.
Yes, you read that right, 442 lb-ft of torque! This is an insane number for a Jeep Wrangler. Any Jeeper will tell you that horsepower in a Jeep is secondary to torque and this is a game changer.
Compare this to the 2018 JL gas version that has more horsepower at 280 but “only” 260 lb-ft of torque.
This little bad boy, the Jeep JL Diesel, was spotted in its natural habitat (a gas station) filling up the tanks.
There are also still rumors out there, believe it or not, about a plug-in hybrid Jeep JL option that supposedly will be available in 2020.
We’ll see about that one… no clue yet, so don’t ask us.
Jeep Wrangler Pick Up
Now the Jeep Wrangler Pick Up is something that EVERYONE has been waiting for!
Rumor has it that Jeep will be reviving the name “Scrambler” for this bad boy, though that is not confirmed to our knowledge. The Jeep Wrangler Pick Up is supposed to be in production sometime late in 2019.
We only got one photo of the diesel Jeep Wrangler Pick Up from our friend, but it is a great shot.
There are too many rumors out there on the Jeep Wrangler Pick Up.
Everything from a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder, direct fuel-injection aluminum, block engine with a twin scroll turbocharger putting out 300 horsepower to a 4 cylinder 368 horsepower version, to even a Hellcat 707 horsepower engine.
But don’t hold your breath on any of this.
Jeep is pretty tight-lipped as of now on anything related to the Jeep Wrangler Pick Up.
The truth is that only the folks who know, really know. Unless one of our readers has seen something we haven’t, officially from Jeep that is. If you do, hit us with a contact form.
Where was the Jeep JL Diesel and the Jeep Wrangler Pick Up Spotted?
Our friends, Rebecca and Justin Schmidt, were out in St. Ignace, Michigan at a Shell station at around 6pm on Tuesday January 16, 2018 when they spotted both the Jeep JL Diesel and the Jeep Wrangler Pick Up filling up with diesel.
Justin was a bit too excited to take photos, but Rebecca was quick with her phone. Thanks y’all, for your permission to post your photos first here on staging2.hourlesslife.com!
Our friends told us that there were also 7-8 other Dodge vehicles there including a 5500 Ram Truck and a number of SUVs.
There is supposedly a testing facility somewhere between St. Ignace and Brimley, Michigan where Rebecca and Justin believe the Jeep team may have been heading to.
Closing thoughts on the Jeep JL Diesel and the Jeep Wrangler Pick Up
We can’t wait for the Jeep JL Diesel and the Jeep Wrangler Pick Up to be released to the public and also to find out all of the juicy and specific details on both.
Personally we at staging2.hourlesslife.com love our 2014 Jeep JKU Rubicon “GUARDIAN,” and don’t have any plans to trade him in… but that diesel though… wow.
That just may be temptation enough.
Comment with your thoughts, let us know what you think of the upcoming Jeep diesel releases.
Until next time, keep it dirty and wheels side down.
Living in metro Detroit (after 10yr absence) I love seeing all the “Zebras” as I call them.
I have a few pics of the JL driving sting and I’m sure one of their drivers is tried if the Orange LJ rubbing them down to hear if it’s a Diesel and a wave.
Can’t waut to see them officially in the showroom.
One thing I can tell you ya we will only be adding a Jeep to our fleet…there will be no trading in of my dream Jeep.
Haha if I lived in your area, I’d be Jeep stalking them like paparazzi. Like you, I love my Jeep but that JL diesel is tempting! ~ E
Aspiring future Jeep owner here. Not enough time yet in the saddle of a Wrangler yet, but drove a JLU Rubicon yesterday and loved it. Selling some toys to join the Jeep cult. This diesel sounds very intriguing, but not sure about a long wait for it.
Was great to meet you at #RVESummit last week. Nice Jeep. Hope to see you around.
The JL Rubicon is a really nice Jeep. I know there are haters out there already but in all honesty they’ve done some pretty nice things with that model. However, not enough for me to trade in my JKUR. Having said that the JL Diesel is a different story. I’m considering. But just considering at this point. Great meeting you too! ~ E
That 3.0 VM motori diesel is a beast. Limited by the little vgt factory turbo. Compound kits are out there already and pushing 40+ psi of boost isn’t fazing them at all. Deleted and tuned wth compounds gets you into the 600 tq range. There’s a few ram 1500 ED owners shooting for 1000tq right now. With the aftermarket world always going crazy with wranglers it’s gonna be interesting to see what the limits of this platform really are.
It will be unbelievable. Really excited to see what Jeep is going to do with this. ~ E
That picture cannot be a diesel. Jeep announced the diesels will only be unlimited models.
Don’t know what to tell you. This JL (not JLU) was eye-witnessed filling up with diesel. Could be a crate engine, but since it was the Jeep crew testing out their own toys, I’m going to go ahead and say that the eyewitnesses witnessed something worth witnessing. Regardless of what they are saying publicly. ~ E