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Jeep Gives EcoDiesel Wrangler, Gladiator a Raise

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel driving off road 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon EcoDiesel | Cars.com photo by Brian Wong

Last week, we brought you news that Mercedes-Benz had developed a system to lift the S-Class sedan up to 3 inches if it detects an imminent side collision, better distributing crash forces and protecting occupants. This week, Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar are releasing a 2-inch lift kit for EcoDiesel-powered versions of the Wrangler SUV and Gladiator pickup truck, but for an entirely different reason: to improve off-roading capabilities (OK, and because it looks cool).

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The kit is designed specifically for EcoDiesel-equipped Wranglers and Gladiators because the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter engine adds extra weight, making the kit used for the conventional gas-powered four-cylinder and V-6 unsuitable. The kit uses Fox-brand 2.5-inch shocks “specifically tuned for increased weight capacity, durability and cooling during off-road conditions,” along with longer front lower control arms, heavy-duty bushings and retuned springs. This improves articulation by 18% over the stock suspension, according to Jeep, while handling the added bulk of the diesel engine.

Jeep Wrangler Gladiator EcoDiesel lift kit Jeep Performance Parts lift kit for Wrangler and Gladiator EcoDiesel | Manufacturer image

The kit is a bolt-on accessory requiring “no drilling, cutting or welding” and will cost $1,495 before taxes and installation. It’s also covered by a warranty for two years and unlimited miles, or for the remainder of the vehicle’s three-year/36,000-mile warranty. If buyers also install tires measuring 33 inches in diameter or larger, the speedometer and odometer can be recalibrated for accurate readings for an additional $125 (again, before taxes and installation).

According to Jeep, the lift kits will be available in “late summer.”

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