Is This a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Diesel Prototype (JL) Testing in Public? [Spied]

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Diesel prototype (credit: Jacob S.)

There have been a few next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) prototypes testing in public. You may have seen some images of these camouflaged off-road rigs floating around. What makes this prototype interesting? Jacob S. sent these images to us from Michigan. He reports that he noticed a “bit of dark smoke” come out of this prototype after a hard acceleration. Below is what excerpt of what Jacob said.

I spotted this prototype Jeep Wrangler. He noticed I was taking pictures and started to drive away very quickly. As he started to pull ahead of me I noticed a bit of “dark” smoke come out of the exhaust. Could this be the 3.0 Ecodiesel Wrangler? They are using LED headlights on this model.

Big thanks to Jacob for providing the images and his observations.

We still do not have official information from Jeep about the next-generation JL Wrangler. They are rumors of three engine options: turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine, naturally aspirated V6, and a turbo-diesel. Again, this is unconfirmed.

Jeep CEO, Mike Manley, told TFLcar that consumers and enthusiasts can expect the next generation Wrangler to be just as capable off-road (if not better) as the current model.

Here is a video interview where Mike Manley and Roman Mica discuss the future of Jeep: Jeep Compass, Jeep Trackhawk, and Jeep Wrangler.

Of course, the Jeep Wrangler is sold in other countries with a turbo-diesel engine. Check out Nathan Adlen taking a Wrangler Diesel from Germany on our Gold Mine Hill off-road trail in Colorado.