New SUV is due to land on British shores in 2019 with its first electrified powertrain option
Sam Sheehan
29 November 2017

Jeep has pulled the covers off its latest Wrangler, which is due in Britain by 2019 with a new mild hybrid powertrain for the first time.

The American SUV, on show at the LA motor show, has been given a big technical boost to bring it up to date, but designers have been sure to retain the familiar look of its forebears, which stretch back to 1986.

It’s offered in two- and four-door guises in Sport, Sport S, Sahara (exclusive to the four-door) and Rubicon trim. The model gets new LED lighting and is available with more open-air options, including one that enables the doors and roof to be removed.

Inside, Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment technology features within a centrally mounted touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Base cars get a 5.0in screen, but 7.0in and 8.4in versions are available in higher models. A 7.0in digital LED instrument cluster display is also available; base cars make do with a 3.5in screen between the dials.

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The car, due on American roads first at the start of next year, is the first Wrangler to get a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that uses a twin-scroll turbocharger and new eTorque technology.

This mild hybrid system outputs a maximum of 270bhp and 295lb ft of torque, while also enabling significant improvements to efficiency. Stop/start technology is included, and the engine can switch off when the car is coasting.

The Wrangler is also offered with a 3.6-litre petrol engine with 285bhp and 260lb ft of torque, while a 3.0-litre diesel that produces 260bhp and 442lb ft will be added to the range from 2019. Both units use start/stop technology.

As standard, the Wrangler sends torque through a six-speed manual gearbox, but an eight-speed automatic is also on offer. Drive is channelled to all four wheels, with low-ratio 4:1 locking differentials available (they’re standard on Rubicon cars).

Like its predecessors, the new Wrangler is based on a body-on-frame chassis design. It features five-link suspension, while the roll centre height has been raised and spring rates retuned to boost the car’s off-road abilities and improve ride quality.

Jeep claims that the car can wade through water up to 760mm deep, just 40mm short of what the larger Range Rover Sport can manage, and drive up inclines with a 44 degree approach and a departure angle of 37 degrees. The car’s ground clearance is 277mm.

Alongside its off-road hardware, the new car gets a raft of new safety tech, with 75 active and passive systems available. These include blind spot monitoring, electronic roll mitigation and rear-cross path detection technology.

When the new Wrangler arrives in the UK, it will likely do so in higher numbers than before. The UK volume of the current Wrangler, which is still available to buy in Britain, is low but consistently stable, with 322 units delivered last year. Jeep UK is understood to be pushing for a boost in available numbers when the next-generation Wrangler arrives following requests from prospective customers for more cars.

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29 November 2017

This is how you update an icon. How I wish JLR took a similar approach with the Defender. This is clearly a growing market - especially if you offer a pick up version too.

29 November 2017
scrap wrote:

This is how you update an icon. How I wish JLR took a similar approach with the Defender. This is clearly a growing market - especially if you offer a pick up version too.

Since JLR introduced the 90/110 in 1985 (as despite the constant bullsh*t spouted this car was different to the series III, which was a different car to the series II and so on) Jeep changed the Wrangler / CJ about 4 times.  

Invest and advance.  Each iteration is better than the last but still true to the character of the brand.

McGovern is struggling because he can't cover the Defender in premium premiuminess.  He is a obd trick pony and the JLR range is just riding the crest of an unstoppable wave.  Would the range sell like hot cakes in a more hostile legaslative environment?  

29 November 2017

I’m really excited by the prospect of seeing this in the UK. I owned a TJ at one time and loved it. Most car and SUV drivers won’t see the point of a vehicle like this, but even in the UK there is a small and enthusiastic following for genuine off-roaders where form follows function. Great to see a manufacturer that knows how to truly build on it’s legendary heritage.

29 November 2017
A diesel ( a dirty word I know but in this class of vehicle surely acceptable?) with 260bhp should be interesting !

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