New Jeep Wrangler facelift will come to the UK
Jeep says details on the Wrangler’s UK launch will be announced later this year
Jeep’s current line up here consists of the Avenger, Renegade, Compass, Wrangler and the range-topping Grand Cherokee. Even with this facelift, the Wrangler retains its position as the firm’s retro off-roader designed to tackle dirt track and trails.
The revised Wrangler is making its public debut at the New York Motor Show and Jeep’s CEO Christian Meunier said, “Today, we are raising the bar once again by combining the most capable Wrangler to date, with more technology, comfort and safety features.”
For 2024, the Wrangler gets a new grille design but traditional Jeep fans haven’t been left in the cold, it’s still got the recognisable seven vertical slots. There are ten new wheel options, ranging from 17 to 20 inches in size and for the keen off-roaders, tyre sizes go from 32 to 35 inches. Jeep says there are multiple ‘open air freedom’ options with a soft-top, two hard tops and a one-touch powered top.
A new addition for the facelifted model is a tweaked rear axle capable of a higher crawl ratio, a factory-fit winch with 2,268kg tow capacity and on the inside powered front seats, a 12.3-inch central touchscreen and extra airbags.
The current Wrangler is only offered with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 270bhp and this engine will continue with the facelift. We don’t expect to see the 3.6-litre V6 or the 6.4-litre V8 come here but in the US there’s also a 4xe model with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a plug-in hybrid system that allows for 375bhp which we expect to be available on UK models.
The Wrangler range is made up of the entry-level Sport, then come the Willys, Sahara, High Altitude, Rubicon X and Rubicon 392 trims. We’re not sure which trim levels will be offered here, although the Rubicon 392 is V8 only so probably not that.
Sport models get forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control as standard along with blind-spot and pedestrian crossing warning systems. A rearview camera has become standard-fit too. Although the Wrangler might be off-road focused, Jeep has added extra sound deadening, thicker carpet and acoustic front glass in the name of refinement.
Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet for the facelifted Wrangler but we expect an increase over the current car’s £60,080 price tag when it launches later this year.
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