Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

JL Wrangler Mule Spotted with Manual Transmission

Photos Give Hope for Three-Pedal Model

Jun 24, 2016
Photographers: Brian Williams
We’ve already reported that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission in a bid to improve responsiveness and fuel economy. It was believed by some that the automatic would be the only transmission offered on the JL in order to simplify manufacturing logistics and engineering. However, based on these latest photos, it appears that three-pedal enthusiasts have little to fear, as our crack spy shooter nabbed these interior shots of a JL Wrangler mule with a six-speed manual.
Photo 2/11   |   2018 Jeep Wrangler Jl 2 Door Manual Shifter Tt
It’s believed the 2018 Wrangler will be offered with one of three engine options: an updated version of the 3.6L Pentastar V-6, the 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel, and a 2.0L I-4 turbo. The manual transmission is likely to be offered with the Pentastar and turbo I-4. The EcoDiesel will most likely be automatic-only. The 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 is only offered with the automatic in FCA’s U.S. products. The decision to offer a manual transmission demonstrates FCA and Jeep’s commitment to its enthusiast base.
The vast majority of Wranglers are likely to be sold with automatics. However, for those for whom it matters, offering a manual transmission is a major symbolic gesture. Are we disappointed that the diesel won’t be offered with a row-your-own transmission? Of course. However, we are heartened by the fact that manual enthusiasts weren’t totally forgotten.

POPULAR TRUCKS

Subscribe Today and Save up to 83%!

Subscribe Truck Trend Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truck Trend
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
Subscribe Diesel Power Magazine

Subscribe to:

Diesel Power
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
Subscribe Truckin Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truckin
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
SUBSCRIBE TO A MAGAZINE
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP