Aren’t we all fans of the big brawny old school off-roading machines? So much so, cars like the Wrangler and G-Class are perhaps more prone to entice someone than a similarly-priced SUV or sedan. This, in fact, has resulted in an elite cult formation for off-road vehicles. After all, many affordable cars like Thar and Gurkha are well-conceived in the Indian market, despite the fact that these aren’t the most viable cars on the planet.
The car you see above, the Jeep Wrangler, founds itself in a similar position. While it doesn’t hold a candle against the similarly priced Audi Q5, or even the Land Rover Discovery Sport, it surely grabs eyeballs on the road, thanks to its muscles and prominent wheel arches. And not to forget, the off-road spec styling, which, in itself, invokes a feeling of want in the eyes of the watcher.
Yes, its old school styling is something to drool over. But not just that, Jeep has also ensured its new Wrangler has all the modern gizmos packed in, while still retaining its core design intact. The result? Well, I would leave that for you to decide. Here’s a lowdown.
I have never heard any criticisms for the Wrangler’s design language. That, in itself, is a good thing for a car that focusses on function rather than form. As far as the specifications are concerned, the Wrangler is 4,882mm in length, 1,877mm in width, and 1,838mm in height. Moreover, it has an impressive wheelbase of 3,008mm and a fuel tank capacity of 85-litres. The ground clearance is also quite impressive, at 215mm.
The Jeep you see above only comes with a sole powertrain. At the heart of the Wrangler is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine – the earlier car had a 3.6-litre V6 – which is capable of churning out 268bhp and 400Nm of torque. Peak torque is available at 3,000rpm. It comes mated to an all-new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
If mileage is a concern for you, this Jeep simply isn’t the one to go for. Even still, driving the Jeep sanely can get you a fuel efficiency in the vicinity of 10-11km/l. Pin the throttle, and the Jeep can be an injudicious supper, especially when the turbo comes in play at 3,000rpm.
Since off-roading is the main highlight of this Jeep, we’ll start with all the electronics and gizmos that aid off-roading. It has an approach angle of 41.8 degrees, a departure angle of 36.1 degrees, and a break-over angle of 21 degrees. It gets a Selec-Trac 4×4 system, which automatically switches from 2WD to 4WD, depending on road conditions.
Above all the off-road spec features, the Jeep is well-loaded when it comes to other gizmos too. For instance, the 8.4-inch touchscreen is compatible with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, apart from the usual features such as Bluetooth, AUX, and iPod connectivity. It also doubles up as an off-road info display, with data on the steering, pitch, and roll angles, and a few critical engine gauges, to speak of.
The steering and the gear lever are draped in leather. The steering also houses the typical controls for cruise control and infotainment display. There’s dual-zone climate control too. For enthusiasts, Jeep has also packed a nice-sounding 552W audio system.
The Wrangler, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, Bright White, Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, and Firecracker Red. Sufficed to say, the Wrangler looks its best in both the metallic shades.
All the details regarding the Jeep Wrangler, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Jeep Wrangler is available in a single variant, withjust one powertrain. The prices for the 2.0 Petrol variant are Rs. 63.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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