The new JL Wrangler Rubicon is one of the strongest off-road performers and deserves a hard look underneath to see how it does what it does. There are plenty of interesting details to eyeball – some that debuted in the JL and others that have always been part of the Wrangler recipe.
What’s more, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited now offers a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine that’s worth considering if extended off-road exploration is your plan. It makes substantially more torque than the 3.6-liter gasoline V6, its EPA combined rating of 25 mpg is 5 mpg better, and it can deliver something like 100 extra miles of range to wander on the range.
Does it have any downsides off road? We’ll look at that when I pull the wheels off and start poking around underneath this 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon EcoDiesel. But this isn’t just about the diesel-powered Wrangler. Almost all of the following applies to any of them.