By mid-2024, a facelifted off-road vehicle with increased torque, more toys, and increased safety will be available.
More than two years after the new powertrain was certified for use on Australian roads, the four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine will finally be available when the 2024 Jeep Wrangler lineup debuts in April.
Arriving concurrently with the revised exterior and interior styling unveiled for the Wrangler earlier this year, the new 2.0-liter force-fed engine produces 200kW/400Nm of torque, which is stronger and more evenly distributed than the outgoing 3.6-liter petrol V6 (209kW/347Nm) and comes with a familiar eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Although Jeep has not yet released an official fuel consumption estimate, it is likely that the new, smaller Wrangler wonk would use a lot less petrol than the legendary Pentastar V6, which has a combined cycle average of 9.7L/100km.
A four-grade lineup that includes the two-door Rubicon and the four-door Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon versions has been confirmed; pricing and more precise specification details are still pending.
The previously mentioned design updates, along with a windscreen-integrated antenna, side curtain airbags, a new generation 12.3-inch Uconnect infotainment system, numerous NVH improvements throughout the cabin, and a rear seat reminder system for four-door models, are among the broad spectrum changes being implemented across the Wrangler portfolio.
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Both the four-door Rubicon and the Overland model get 12-way power-adjustable front seats, while the Rubicon variations get a front TrailCam, a new heavy-duty Dana 44 full-float rear axle, and Nappa leather upholstery.
A new instrument cluster, an integrated dash accessory rail for all grades, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and ambient lighting for the Sport S are among the other minor changes.
Premium paint in the following shades: Black, Firecracker Red, Sarge, Hydro Blue, High Velocity, Silver Zynith, Earl, Granite Crystal, Anvil, and Tuscadero. For the Overland and Rubicons, additional optional features include an 18-inch wheel package and a Sky-one-touch power top.
Standard colour is bright white, and Tuscadero won’t be available until March manufacturing.
The Wrangler’s maximum braked towing capability of 2495 kg and the Selec-Trac (Sport S, Overland) and Rock-Trac (Rubicon) 4×4 systems, together with their adjacent two-speed transfer cases, have not undergone any modifications.