What is it?
The descendant of the original US Army workhorse has been completely redesigned.
Already on sale in its home market, the JL-generation Jeep Wrangler will reach the UK in November. Once again, it's available in two-door or four-door form, and we drove the latter in range-topping Rubicon guise on and off-road.
The styling is best described as evolutionary; you mess with the Wrangler’s looks at your peril, so LEDs are incorporated into the signature round headlamps and the seven-slot grille bends over halfway up to keep the air attached as it flows over. This design tweak is one of several features that deliver a fuel-economy-boosting 9% reduction in aerodynamic drag over the outgoing, 12-year-old JK-generation model.
The contemporary approach to a traditional formula extends into the vehicle architecture. A ladder-frame chassis and Dana solid axles are retained but Jeep has used high-strength steel to take around 45kg out of the frame. It’s part of an overall 90kg drop in weight, despite the new car's slightly increased dimensions and additional equipment.
An all-new electrical architecture brings the Wrangler bang-up-to-date, not only in features like the Uconnect infotainment system and USB-C port, but also through driver assistance technology such as a reversing camera and blindspot monitoring. In a neat touch, four auxiliary switches on the centre stack can be configured via the 8.4in touchscreen to run aftermarket off-road accessories such as floodlights and foglights.