The new Jeep Wrangler will go on sale in September, pitched as the most capable version of the traditional 4×4 yet.
Jeep says that the latest generation of its signature model has been completely renewed, while still directly evolved from the wartime vehicle that began the Jeep story. The brand claims that its Wrangler, a direct rival to Britain’s Land Rover, is ‘the undisputed off-road champion.’
The new model maintains the go-anywhere ability with the availability of two 4×4 systems depending on how extreme the terrain it will be used in. Sport and Sahara models use the Command-Track version while the Rubicon model, the most off-road variant, is fitted with a more robust system dubbed Rock-Trac.
Command-Trac units include a two-speed transfer case and four driving modes, from two-wheel-drive through auto and part-time 4WD to a low range 4WD. The Rock-Trac version has a more off-road pitched low range, as well as heavy-duty front and rear axles and locking differentials. The suspension offers longer travel and the front anti-roll bar can be electronically disconnected to allow the wheels to move further on the most challenging surfaces.
Further off-road credentials of the Wrangler include the ability to traverse water up to 76cm deep, an approach angle of 36.4 degrees, breakover angle of 25.8 degrees, departure angle of 30.8 degrees and ground clearance of more than 25cm (on Rubicon models).
Engine choices will range across a 2.0-litre turbo petrol and 2.2-litre turbo diesel unit, both with start-stop technology and with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Outside Europe a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine will also be offered in the Wrangler.
Both two and four-door body styles will be available. Two-door Wranglers can tow up to 1,500kg, four-door variants 2,500kg.
Jeep is emphasising the technology upgrades on the new Wrangler, particularly in terms of safety. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection and a reversing camera will be available, while the electronic stability control will include a roll mitigation program.
Depending on the model, owners will also be able to choose one of three pinch-and-zoom touchscreen infotainment systems, of either five-, seven- or eight-inch size and all including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Jeep also expects owners to want to personalise their Wrangler. More accessories will be available under the Mopar brand.
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