Jeep unveiled the restyled version of its Wrangler in New York. We’ll have to wait until the fourth quarter of 2023 to find out what’s on offer in Europe, but we already know that the V8 and the short wheelbase will not be crossing the Pond.
The success of the Ford Bronco in the US is prompting another icon of the off road to renew itself. Launched in the US in 2017 and in Europe at the GIMS 2018, the Jeep Wrangler is going through a restyling process after a five-year career.
Most of the new features are concentrated on the front end, with a more refined grille and redesigned headlights. Underneath, the front bumper is now separated from the wings, which still house the LED strips. There are also new rear lights. Otherwise, the Wrangler is still the Wrangler, with its iconic sharp lines that have become iconic over the generations.
Connected off-road escapades
Inside, the dashboard features a new 12.3-inch central touchscreen display from which occupants can access the fifth generation of the Uconnect onboard system, which offers a range of connected services. As an option, it is possible to subscribe to a catalogue of over 3,000 off-road trails.
The new Wrangler features new 4WD modes, 86 cm wading depth, 30.5 cm ground clearance, 47.4° attack, 27.8° centre and 40.4° escape angles. In addition, the top-of-the-range Wrangler Rubicon comes with various accessories such as an off-road camera and a front winch with a capacity of 3.6 tonnes.
The American range offers a choice of long or short wheelbase and four engines:
- 2-litre 4-cylinder turbo with 275 PS and 400 Nm
- 2-litre turbocharged plug-in hybrid (‘4xe’) 4-cylinder with 380 PS and 637 Nm
- 3.6-litre 6-cylinder ‘Pentastar’ with 289 PS and 353 Nm
- 6.4-litre 8-cylinder ‘Hemi’ with 477 PS and 637 Nm
In Europe, we will have to be satisfied with the long ‘4xe’ chassis, which is a plug-in hybrid. More information about the European offering will be revealed in the fourth quarter of 2023.