The fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler has been launched in the American market, with a UK arrival expected later on in 2018.
This is the all-new, fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler. It’s the most advanced version of the SUV in its 30 year history and goes on sale in the US market in January, with UK customers having to wait until next summer to get their hands on one.
Over the years the Wrangler’s design has changed very little, with the new SUV sticking to its original 1987 roots. While the overall body may look dated, LED headlamps and fog lamps have been introduced, while aluminium has been used throughout the body to help reduce weight.
The Wrangler has historically been a known for its off-road ability and the new model looks to continue that trend. Along with the standard Command-Trac 4×4 system, it’s offered with a two-speed transfer case, a first for the Wrangler, and a low-range gear ratio. Five-link coil suspension and steel track bars should provide the Wrangler with off-road grip.
Two-door and four-door Wrangler models are available, although UK pricing and spec are yet to be announced. In the US the line-up includes Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon models.
Top-spec Rubicon models are fitted with the most off-road tech; Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system with ‘heavy duty’ front and rear axles, an electronic sway bar and locking differentials come as standard. An optional limited slip differential can be fitted to the rear, providing extra grip in slippery conditions. The SUV can wade into water 30 inches deep and tow up to 1,588kg; for dedicated off-roaders 17-inch off-road tyres can be fitted.
Three engine options are available, starting with the new entry-level 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol producing 266bhp and 400Nm of torque. A larger 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel has been added and produces 256bhp and 600Nm, while the existing 3.6-litre V6 petrol powertrain with 281bhp and 353Nm of torque is carried over. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, with a new eight-speed automatic ‘box also available across the range.
Jeep has attempted to up the premium feel inside, while kitting the Wrangler out with its latest technology. Customers can opt for cloth or leather upholstery with vinyl-wrapped door trim panels. The standard analogue instrument cluster can also be specced with a larger seven-inch LED information display, too.
The Wrangler’s infotainment has also been upgraded with Jeep introducing its latest Uconnect system, accessed via seven-inch or 8.4-inch display. The system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Over 75 advanced safety and security features also feature, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, rear view camera and electronic stability control along with electronic roll mitigation.