It took longer than expected, but it seems that diesel is finally dying in North America. The latest casualty is the Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel, and Jeep is sending it out on a high note with the Rubicon FarOut.
If you live and breathe the seven-slot grille, you likely remember the Gladiator Farout concept from the 2021 Moab Easter Jeep Safari. This one-off overlanding special packed a ton of off-road hardware, but four big highlights were special grey paint, a black hood graphic, a black grille, and the EcoDiesel engine.
While Jeep is showing off the Wrangler Rubicon FarOut in a different shade of grey, that special grey, the diesel engine, Rubicon base, black grille, and concept of a black hood graphic all carry over from that Gladiator concept. In addition, the Wrangler Rubicon FarOut dials up the luxury with body-color fender flares, LED lights, heated leather seats, and a bevy of advanced driver assistance systems. Unique alloy wheels and all-weather floor mats provide extra style and functionality, while special 3.0 D badging is the cherry on top of this diesel Jeep sundae.
While I really appreciate the availability of a diesel-powered Wrangler, it’s still not a product that made a ton of sense to me. While 442 lb-ft of torque sounds awesome for rock crawling, the EcoDiesel engine carried a steep surcharge. What’s more, diesel engines generally make sense for drivers who do a lot of highway mileage and the Wrangler never struck me as a highway vehicle. Don’t get me wrong, refinement has come a long way since the YJ Wrangler Renegade my best friend and I once fixed up, but the steering in the current Wrangler still feels a bit like a suggestion box. Add in susceptibility to windshield chips and crosswinds, and it’s a bit difficult to justify a Wrangler as a highway commuter.
However, Wranglers make excellent urban commuters. They skip right over frost heaves and potholes, offer a great vantage point for seeing around double-parked box trucks, and even the four-door model is several inches shorter than a Honda Accord. This is where the Wrangler 4xe really comes into its prime. While 21 miles of all-electric range from this plug-in hybrid off-roader isn’t a ton, it’s more than enough for many peoples’ daily errands. Add in a whopping 470 lb.-ft. of torque and a tax credit due to being made in America, and suddenly the 4xe looks a lot more attractive than the EcoDiesel.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon FarOut is available to order from now through November, with deliveries starting late this year. For those who miss out on the FarOut but still want a diesel Jeep with a solid front axle, don’t panic. The Gladiator pickup truck will still be available with the EcoDiesel engine.
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