With the demise of the Land Rover Defender, the Jeep Wrangler has been left flying the flag for the truly capable rugged off-road vehicle sector. Tracing its routes back to the Wilys Jeep of World War II, the Wrangler hasn’t succumbed to the fuel emissions standards that brought the Defender’s life to an end, rather there’s an all-new model on the way.
Set to go on sale from September in Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels with 2- or 4-door configuration, the new Wrangler retains the distinctive styling cues of the old model, and indeed every version back to the original Jeep. As you’d expect, it will be fully off-road capable with technology including two four-wheel drive, active, on-demand full time systems – Command-Trac and Rock-Trac, next-generation Dana axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential and an electronic front sway-bar disconnect.
Meeting those emissions standard are two all-new engines – a 2.2-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and featuring Stop-Start (ESS) technology.
Making it a far cry from its original fore-bearer are a range of safety systems including Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation and four standard air bags.
Other features include LED headlamps and tail lamps, and a new Uconnect multimedia system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 5.0, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability.