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Long Term Verdict: 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Can an off-roader make tracks in the suburban jungle?

When Jeep decided to build a four-door Wrangler, we were excited about its potential. This was, after all, the first time the legendary Jeep was given two more doors; also, its stretched wheelbase made the interior more people- and cargo-friendly. Then the company announced it was going to build a Rubicon version of the Unlimited, and we knew we'd have to try one out for long-term testing.

The Rubicon package provides enough off-road gear to make it the most capable Wrangler you can buy from the factory: Dana 44 axles front and rear, Tru-Lok remote locking differentials, Rock-Trac two-speed transfer case with 4.00:1 low range, 4.10 rearend (available only on the Rubicon), and BFG Mud Terrains, etc.

It quickly became clear that despite the extra interior volume, Jeep hadn't gone mad and turned the Wrangler into a dolled-up kid hauler. The price you pay for a Rubicon is for its extreme off-road ability, not leather seats (our tester's were cloth) or comfy, cushy headrests (one editor noted they were "hard as rocks"). After ordering a few more items, the bottom line came to $34,730. The MyGIG system also added a slot for a memory stick, which allows you to download music to the 20GB hard drive and use your own images as wallpaper on the screen. However, on two separate occasions, the nav system froze up and, when it started working again, took some time to display the correct location (at one point, the Wrangler's was shown to be in the Pacific Ocean). When we received the Wrangler, MyGIG was a fairly new feature. ( Of course, it never acted up for the dealer, so nothing was done.) We hope Jeep has worked out some of the bugs since then.

In the city, the Wrangler fared better than many expected it to. Truck Trend art director Thomas Voehringer was "surprised and delighted by the versatility of this seemingly narrow-focused off-roader...the Unlimited can easily find its way beyond legal cruising speed on the freeway." Copy chief Jackie Manfredi chauffeured friends to a performance of "Wicked." She explained, "The ladies enjoyed the seats and there was a lot of room," and with the windows up, no noise intruded while the four of them chatted. It isn't the perfect city-dweller, though, and editors noted significant road and tire noise when the windows were down, a nervous attitude on the freeway-if you don't pay attention, it can drift into the next lane. It also tends to get blown around by high winds and it's slow to get to speed: Zero to 60 takes 10 seconds flat.

It also had several opportunities to run off-road. Within a month of its arrival at our office, Truck Trend editor Mark Williams took the Jeep on trails in a 4x4 area just outside Las Vegas. He didn't need to air down for the Rubicon to conquer obstacles with ease and, no surprise, it never got stuck.

Photographer Brian Vance used the Wrangler for a few different adventures. The first, a drive from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe, made the shortcomings of the V-6 and the old-school automatic stand out. But once there, he removed the hard top and converted the hard-core off-roader into the ideal summertime cruiser. On another trip, he drove to hot springs near Minden, Nevada, and while only 10 miles off paved road, discovered he'd need to navigate an icy trail and ford a river to get where he needed to be. The next day, the Wrangler was just as confident in a sudden snowstorm. Back in town, he used the Rubicon to shuttle around friends whose vehicles were stranded. After returning to Southern California, he and some buddies used the Jeep for a long weekend of off-roading in Death Valley-again, with no problems.

While it was in our fleet, we took the long-termer to the dealer twice. The first trip was for its 6000-mile service (at 5951 miles), when it received the gold package: lube, oil, and filter change, 55-point inspection, and tire rotation, for a total cost of $71.16. Its second service, at 13,029 miles, was its 12,000-mile checkup, when the dealer performed a lube service and oil and filter change, inspected belts and hoses, topped off fluid levels, set tire pressures, and rotated the tires, for $60.74. While there, techs also replaced the trail-damaged license-plate bracket and the bracket's lamp assembly, at a cost of $97.14-a minor price to pay for the fun off-road. Besides, dents and dings add character to a Jeep.

The Wrangler Rubicon did everything it was supposed to, and it performed surprisingly well in areas where it isn't as strong. It takes the go-anywhere philosophy of the Jeep line and goes a step further, adding much of the equipment off-road enthusiasts crave. However, Jeep didn't go too far to the extreme, making sure this remains a decent vehicle for a daily commute-as long as you're willing to accept the compromises that come with a machine this capable.

From the Logbook"This is as much a single-purpose vehicle as any sports car, just in the opposite direction. Not only is the vehicle twitchy on the highway on a good day, but combine the slab-sided body panels with mud tires and a lot of wind, and you have a tense driving experience." - Mark Williams

"The four-door is an awesome package visually. The boxy exterior appearance is aggressive, particularly in black. Its overall design respects the WWII military roots while incorporating a bit of the post-millennium Hummer persona as well." - Thomas Voehringer

"This being my first time in a Jeep I now see the appeal. Some of the best parts of a truck and SUV without a lot of the bad (I'm not hauling lumber or kids)." - Mike Royer

"The Wrangler is a total time warp. It's as if Jeep refused to let go of the 1950s. It's so archaic in so many ways-front and rear solid axles, totally Spartan interior (although the nav and power windows and locks are refreshing), high step-in, no side airbags-yet it's somehow endearing. In some ways the Wrangler is like an automotive history book that teaches you how cars used to be built." - Ron Kiino

Our Car
Options MyGIG entertainment system ($1590: GPS navigation, Sirius Satellite Radio, 20GB hard drive); automatic transmission ($825); automatic transmission ($825); Power Convenience Group ($800: power windows/locks, remote keyless entry, alarm); Freedom Top 3-piece
MSRP, as tested $34,730
Total mileage 16,855 miles
Avg econ/CO2 14.8 mpg
Problem areas Wonky navigation system
Maintenance cost $131.90
Normal-wear cost $0
3-year residual value $19,450
Recalls 3 (06V493000 and 07V434000: ABS control module software, 07V291000: TIPM) *Automotive lease Guide data
Previous Updates
Long Term Arrival: 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
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2007 JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
Drivetrain layout Front engine, 4WD
Engine type 60-degree V-6, iron block/alum heads
Valvetrain OHV, 2 valves/cyl
Displacement 230.5 cu in/3778 cc
Compression ratio 9.6:1
Power (SAE NET) 202 hp @ 5200 rpm*
Torque (SAE NET) 237 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm*
Weight to power 22.5 lb/hp
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Axle/final 4.10:1/2.83:1/4.00:1
Suspension, front; rear Live axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar; live axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Steering ratio 14.7:1
Turns lock-to-lock 3
Brakes, f;r 11.9-in vented disc; 12.4-in vented disc, ABS
Wheels 7.5 x 17 in, cast aluminum
Tires LT255/75R17 108Q M+S, BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A
DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 116.0 in
Track, f/r 61.9/61.9 in
Length x width x height 173.4 x 73.9 x 70.9 in
Approach/depart angle 44.4/40.5 deg
Ground clearance 10.1 in
Turning circle 41.2 ft
Curb weight 4592 lb
Weight dist., f/r 51/49%
Towing capacity 3500 lb
Seating capacity 5
Headroom, f/r 41.3/40.4 in
Legroom, f/r 41.0/37.2 in
Shoulder room, f/r 55.8/56.8 in
Cargo volume 86.8/46.4 cu ft
TEST DATA
Acceleration to mph
0-30 2.8 sec
0-40 4.5
0-50 7.1
0-60 10.0
0-70 13.6
0-80 19.8
Passing, 45-65 mph 5.9 sec
Quarter mile 17.3 sec @ 76.8 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 148 ft
Top-gear revs @ 60 mph 1800 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
Stability/traction control Yes/yes
Airbags Front side
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Fuel capacity 18.6 gal
EPA city/hwy econ 16/19 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.13 lb/mile
Recommended fuel Unleaded regular
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2007 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is something like a Harley-Davidson. It's an anachronism, and should probably be a dinosaur, but no, it's still popular because it fills a need like no other vehicle. Despite its inherent design limitations (we won't call them flaws), primarily balance and storage, the Wrangler delivers inimitable fun. Challengers have not been able to steal from the allure of the Jeep. The dynasty lives on.

Jeep engineers have kept the momentum rolling by making timely improvements. Model year 2007 brings an all-new Jeep Wrangler that (no surprise) looks just like the old Jeep, whatever “old” Jeep you might be talking about. Can you name one vehicle (besides the Harley) that has changed its looks less, in 60 years?

In 2007, Jeep introduces its first four-door, using the name Unlimited from last year's stretched two-door. You might wonder what took them so long. It's a perfect fit for the times. It doesn't change or pervert the character of Wrangler at all, it just makes the vehicle more attainable, and more desirable for many. It's much more comfortable and convenient, and holds way more stuff, including happy passengers.

Maybe best of all, a lot more content has been added, especially in the areas of comfort, safety and convenience; and there has been an average price reduction of $1200 down the line.

Each of the six models of the Wrangler uses the same new engine, a 3.8-liter V6 making 12 more horsepower than the previous trusty inline-6 that's been around for more than 20 years. It has the same peak torque but at a higher range, and that detracts some from the Wrangler's uphill performance; but gas mileage is about the same, at 16 city and 19 highway for the 4×4. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, which fits the Wrangler's personality quite well; the optional four-speed automatic overdrive is for those who appreciate convenience more than aesthetics.

Model Lineup

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler is available as the Wrangler X, Sahara and Rubicon. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited also comes as an X, Sahara or Rubicon. All come with the new 3.8-liter V6 engine with 198 horsepower, the six-speed manual transmission and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. A four-speed automatic transmission ($825) is optional.

The Wrangler X ($18,105) comes with the basic soft top, theft deterrent system, 16-inch steel wheels, rear folding seat, locking glove box, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, tilt steering wheel, and six-speaker sound system with MP3 input.

Options include the versatile Sunrider soft top ($250), a new three-piece modular hard top ($945), air conditioning, Sirius Satellite Radio, six-disc DVD player with MP3 outlet, 368-watt Infinity sound system, remote entry and power locks and windows, and, for the first time in a Wrangler, power windows and locks with remote entry. There are also a Dana 44 rear axle, Trak-Lok anti-spin differential, 16- or 17-inch aluminum wheels, electronic front sway bar disconnect, trailer tow group, tow hooks, engine block heater, and locking fuel filler cap.

The Sahara ($19,345) is the premium model in the lineup, and adds the Sunrider top, the electronic stability program, electronic roll mitigation, 17-inch aluminum wheels with Goodyear Wrangler tires, body-colored fender flares, tubular side steps, heavy-duty suspension, tinted windows, cruise control, foglamps, tow hooks, and the Infinity sound system. Options include all the X options, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and an infotainment system with navigation, using a 20-gigabyte hard drive and DVD video-audio capability of storing 150 hours of music or probably a zillion photos.

The Rubicon ($26,090) is the model for serious off-roading. To the Sahara, it adds the disconnecting front sway bar, Rock-Trac part-time transfer case with 4:1 low range, Dana 44 front and rear axles, Tru-lok locking front and rear differential, 4.10 axle ratio, rock rails, and 32-inch B.F.Goodrich Mud Terrain tires on 17-inch aluminum rims.

The four-door Unlimited X comes with either two-wheel drive ($19,750) or four-wheel drive ($21,750). Standard equipment includes all that the two-door X offers, plus a Dana 44 rear axle, 23-gallon fuel tank, air conditioning, 60/40 split rear seat, full-length floor console and colored fender flares. It offers all the options as the two-door X and two-door Sahara, plus seat-mounted side air bags.

The Unlimited Sahara two-wheel drive ($24,075) and four-wheel drive ($26,075) is equipped like the two-door Sahara, except its power doors and windows are standard.

The Unlimited Rubicon ($28,235) might be considered the ultimate family 4X4, and for $28,895 it will carry four people where any Land Rover or Hummer can go, for about half the price.

Standard safety features include side impact door beams, anti-lock brakes and an energy-absorbing steering column. The Sahara models offer electronic stability and electronic roll mitigation. Seat-mounted front side air bags are optional with some models.

Walkaround

Naturally, the new Wrangler looks just like a Jeep; the redesign for 2007 didn't mess with the classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille or upright fold-down windshield, although the windshield is slightly curved, for the first time on a Jeep, for better aerodynamics and reduced wind noise. Only a Jeep aficionado will be able to tell the all-new '07 Wrangler from the '06, but there are ways.

Identifying a new Wrangler Unlimited is easy: Just count the doors.

Although the wheelbase of the '07 Wrangler has been stretched by 2 inches, the vehicle is 2.6 inches shorter overall, thanks to reduced overhangs and new bumpers. And it's 5.5 inches wider, with a 3.4-inch wider track. Jeep says it's “dramatically brawnier,” but we'd say that's a dramatic statement. The sheetmetal is new, with a slight crown. The halogen headlamps are brighter, and the new front bumper has integrated fog lamps near its center. For the first time, there are step assists under the doors to make climbing up into the Jeep easier, and the tail lamps are new. The fender flares are bolted on, so they can be easily taken off and replaced with cooler aftermarket flares. The bumpers, step assists and fender flares are all sturdy, flat-black plastic on the X.

The standard soft top is improved for easier removal and installation. The Sunrider soft top slides back half way, like a huge sunroof over the front seats. The new optional three-piece modular hardtop (Freedom Top) has two front panels that easily pop on and off like a T-top, and are stored behind the rear seat. The third panel over the rear seat can be removed separately and stored in the garage. The Freedom Top yields a total of six open-air possibilities.

Under the body, there's a new boxed frame that's 100 percent stiffer in bending and 50 percent stiffer in twisting, with seven cross members. This helps in crash results, and enabled a new suspension: steering geometry, shock absorbers, springs and control arms are all different. Wide spaced frame rails cradle the fuel tank between the wheels. Three skid plates protect the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan.

Interior Features

The 2007 Jeep Wrangler two-door is a lot roomier inside than pre-2007 models, thanks to its increased width. The comfortable new high-back front seats, using a handsome stain-resistant gray or khaki-colored fabric in the Sahara and Rubicon, offer 5.1 inches more shoulder room and 4.6 inches more hip room. The removable rear seat provides 3.9 inches more shoulder room, 1.6 inches more hip room and 1 inch more leg room for each of the two passengers. There's also 2 more inches behind the rear seat, which now folds to provide nearly twice the cargo capacity as before.

The cabin is 20 percent quieter, thanks to better isolation from new body mounts, extensive use of something called PCL (polymer constraint layer), and new seals at the doors, along the A-pillar, and at the top of the windshield.

As for the larger Unlimited, Jeep claims that its 86.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded flat (the headrests flip back, so they don't need to be removed) is more than the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Hummer H3 or Nissan Xterra. In the rear seat, the Unlimited offers 1.6 more inches of leg room and a whopping 12 inches more hip room. That huge difference is because in the regular Wrangler, the rear passengers sit directly over the axle and between the wheel wells; in the Unlimited, the axle is located behind them. Think about how much that improves the ride for those passengers.

The layout of the clean instrument panel is excellent, against a background of dull (neither flat nor gloss) black plastic. The instruments, including the optional compass and temperature gauges, are easy to read, and the controls are soothingly simple. The solid square buttons look good and are easy to understand and operate. There's a nice leather-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel, with a short cruise-control stalk that's out of the way on the right side.

Our Sahara was equipped with the 368-watt Infinity sound system with Sirius Satellite Radio, and we bought a couple new CDs for the occasion, happily blasting ourselves with the new Bob Dylan. Seven speakers, including subwoofer, is a whole lot of speakers for the cabin of a Jeep, and we think this is a good thing. Located under the sound system controls are big climate control knobs, with buttons for the new power windows above that. (Power windows in a Jeep!)

Between the seats are the shift lever and short four-wheel-drive lever, two cupholders and emergency brake, and a console that's wide and deep, if not long. The locking glove box is about one-third larger than before, and there's a convenient grab handle above it. This is a Jeep, after all, so the grab handle will be used in the bouncy bits.

Our Sahara had the modular Freedom Top, and we tried out all its positions on a gorgeous drive all around Lake Tahoe on a cloudless day, and then for a couple days in San Francisco. The vinyl pieces above each passenger easily lift off after twisting a fastener, and a larger section over the rear seat can also be removed although not stored in the vehicle.

The only problem was that we couldn't store anything else behind the rear seat, with the two roof panels there. Actually, we couldn't get four carry-on-sized bags behind the rear seat, even without the panels. And watch out for the rear glass; it rises on its own, and will whack you on the chin (or forehead, or nose) if you forget to step back.

Driving Impressions

If you've never owned or driven a Wrangler, you might think the '07 is twitchy and choppy, because it's twitchier and choppier than almost anything else on the road. But it's a relative thing. Compared to the '92 Wrangler that I own and drive in Baja, the '07 feels like a luxury liner.

The wheelbase has been increased by 2 inches and the track by 3.4 inches; the chassis has been stiffened and the suspension redesigned. All these things yield significant improvements in the ride and handling, but still, on city streets, the Wrangler is pretty bouncy, and out on the freeway it can feel squiggly over pavement changes. The driver needs to pay attention to keep the Wrangler going in a straight line.

That said, we drove the Wrangler at speeds up to 85 miles per hour on the open freeway, and it was stable and surprisingly quiet, when the pavement was smooth. When it was even slightly rough, we had to move into the smoother passing lane to find comfort.

However, it's important to note that our Sahara had the 18-inch wheels with Bridgestone Dueler on/off-road tires and high-pressure gas-charged shock absorbers. Standard on the Sahara are 17-inch Goodyear Wrangler SRA on/off-road tires with those shocks. The Wrangler X uses 16-inch Goodyear Wrangler STs, also on/off-road, but the shocks are low-pressure, so that combination might offer the best ride, with the standard Sahara setup somewhere in between the two.

The new 3.8-liter V6 that comes standard on all Wranglers is an overhead valve engine. It replaces the old 2.4-liter DOHC four and venerable 4.0-liter overhead-valve inline-6. It makes 198 horsepower (vs. 190 hp in the previous six-cylinder) and 232 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. The old six-cylinder made 235 pound-feet at a lower 3200 rpm, and this 800 rpm difference is felt, at least with the four-speed automatic transmission in our test Sahara.

Acceleration is good, but on those long uphill 75-mph grades between Lake Tahoe and San Francisco, the Jeep kept kicking down out of overdrive, fourth gear, until we turned the overdrive off (our Sahara was equipped with the Trailer Tow Group option). More torque at lower rpm might have prevented this. We didn't have the opportunity to test the standard six-speed manual transmission, but we're inclined to suggest it might be more compatible with the Jeep than this four-speed automatic.

The Wrangler Unlimited would have been a different animal on this road. The ride is significantly smoother and the handling more stable, thanks to a wheelbase that's 20.6 inches longer; but it weighs 315 pounds more, so the engine will work a bit harder. However, all the 4×4 Wranglers are EPA-rated at 16 city and 19 highway miles per gallon.

When we drove the Unlimited around Lake Tahoe, there were a lot of other Jeeps on the road, and our four-door never failed to turn heads. At the view points, fellow Jeepsters came over to ogle and marvel. Every one of them said they wanted to go home and trade in their two-door on the new four-door Jeep.

We were also behind the wheel of an Unlimited with the six-speed manual transmission on the rugged Rubicon Trail, where its capability was downright dazzling; in low range and first gear on the most challenging sections, we drove without using our feet: merely steering over daunting obstacles, and letting the vehicle do the rest. It's safe to say that the two-door Wrangler would be fairly astonishing.

The only limitation with the Unlimited was its turning radius of 41.2 feet versus 34.9 feet with the two-door. Six feet is a big difference. In San Francisco, we used the two-door's tight turning radius to make a U-turn in the middle of a street to snatch a parking space on the other side, like all good San Franciscans.

Summary

The redesigned 2007 Jeep Wrangler is the most civilized, smoothest, comfortable, convenient, powerful, and off-road-capable Jeep ever made. Jeep says that the value of added content is $3000, while the price has been reduced by an average of $1200 throughout the line. And now, with the new four-door Unlimited, Jeep seems ready for another decade or so of tradition.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Sam Moses drove Wrangler models up the Rubicon Trail, through San Francisco and around Lake Tahoe while preparing this report.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Jeep Wrangler X ($18,105); Sahara ($19,345); Rubicon ($26,090); Unlimited X 2WD ($19,750); Unlimited X 4WD ($21,750); Unlimited Sahara 2WD ($24,075); Unlimited Sahara 4WD ($26,075); Unlimited Rubicon ($28,235)
Engines:198-hp 3.8-liter ohv V6
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):front airbags, ABS
Safety equipment (optional):seat-mounted front side airbags; electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Toledo, Ohio
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4x4 ($22,870)
Standard equipment:Sunrider soft top, rear folding seat, locking glove box, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, tilt steering wheel, theft deterrent system, 17-inch aluminum wheels with Goodyear Wranglers, body-colored fender flares, tubular side steps, heavy-duty suspension, tinted windows, cruise control, foglamps, tow hooks, Infinity sound system with MP3 capability, electronic stability program, electronic roll mitigation
Options as tested (MSPR):trailer tow package, power windows, locks and remote entry, front seat side airbags, automatic transmission, Trac-Lok limited slip rear differential with Dana 44 rear axle, 6-disc DVD/MP3 player, Sirius satellite radio, 3-piece modular top ($4700)
Destination charge:$660
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$28230
Layout:4-wheel drive
Engine:3.8-lite V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):198 @ 5000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):232 @ 4000
Transmission:4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:16/19 mpg
Wheelbase:95.4 in.
Length/width/height:152.8/73.7/70.9 in.
Track, f/r:61.9/61.9 in.
Turning circle:34.9 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:41.3/55.6/41.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:40.3/44.7/35.6 in.
Cargo volume:56.5 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:2000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:live axle, independent, coil springs
Suspension, r:live axle, independent, coil springs
Ground clearance:8.8 in.
Curb weigth:3976 lbs.
Tires:P255/75R18
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, ESP, electronic roll mitigation
Fuel capacity:18.6 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of December 11, 2006.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-925-5337 - www.jeep.com
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Regular Car Reviews: 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited

From the October 2006 issue of Car and Driver.

The Jeep Wrangler would be our nominee for the most capable off-road vehicle sold in America. But for every owner who takes his Wrangler to the Rubicon there are 10 owners who use theirs in the urban jungles of Hollywood and Manhattan. How do you improve a machine with such a widely diverse audience?

For the 2007 Wrangler, designated internally as the JK, the first step was to judiciously enlarge it and add—for the first time ever—a four-door model, the Wrangler Unlimited (not to be confused with the '04 stretched-wheelbase two-door Unlimited). Compared with the old two-door model, the new one is 5.4 inches wider, and its angular fenders cover wheels set about three inches farther apart. The wheelbase is also up two inches, but overall length is down roughly three. It's still 4.6 inches shorter than a Honda Fit.

The result is instantly identifiable as a Wrangler, with its characteristic grille, round headlights, boxy greenhouse, exposed hinges, and jutting fenders. Although the JK is the first-ever Wrangler with a rounded windshield, it still folds if you're willing to pull about a dozen bolts.

All of this adds up to a much wider and more spacious-feeling cabin. The juggling of length and wheelbase along with a new roll-and-tumble rear seat have also yielded substantially more cargo capacity.

The JK has a new engine, a 205-hp longitudinal version of the 3.8-liter V-6 that first saw the light of day in the unlamented 1991 Chrysler Imperial. This V-6 is shorter than the ancient inline-six it replaces, allowing for more crush space in frontal crashes. It also delivers more power and slightly improved fuel economy.

As in the previous TJ Wrangler, a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic feeds the usual combination of a New Venture two-speed transfer case and heavy-duty Dana axles, both of which are upgraded on the top-of-the-line Rubicon model. Although the basic suspension layout is much the same as before, new geometry provides a better ride and greater control without restricting axle motion. A key new feature is a disconnecting front anti-roll bar that provides on-pavement cornering control but can be disabled via a dashboard switch to improve off-road axle articulation.

To demonstrate the JK's off-road ability, Jeep conducted the first drive in Zambia, where pavement is scarce, the terrain is challenging, and tow trucks are nonexistent. With only about 10 minutes on paved roads, we couldn't conclude much about the Wrangler's boulevard behavior. But we did notice that the JK's 205-hp V-6 felt no quicker than the ancient 190-hp engine in the old TJ. No doubt the JK's 200 or so extra pounds have offset the power boost.

In more than two days off-road, however, we developed a fondness for the JK. The machine was tight, emitting no squeaks or rattles, even when the trails were pounding the wheels one at a time. The ability to disconnect the front anti-roll bar really helped reduce head toss under these circumstances.

Brimming with confidence in their new machine, the Jeep crew guided us over formidable boulders, rocky river beds and banks, and twisting sandy hillside paths blazed by impalas. Every Wrangler was a Rubicon, with lockable front and rear differentials, 32-inch-diameter off-road tires, and improved axles and transfer case.

When you shift into low range, the V-6's electronic throttle switches onto a more progressive throttle curve. Combined with the 4.00:1 low range, the engine will simply idle up and down astonishingly steep terrain. On some of the toughest sections, we were switching the quick-acting front-diff lock several times within 50 feet to trade traction for turning ability. Moving those switches from the bottom of the console to the steering wheel would be a useful improvement when playing mountain goat.

The three skid plates and the tubular-steel rock rails that come with the Rubicon package collected plenty of scary-sounding Zambian scratches. But they protected the main underside mechanical components as they were designed to do.

The four-door Wrangler Unlimited has a 20.6-inch wheelbase extension and offers a back seat for three and increased luggage space. Despite their length, the Unlimiteds on the trip made it through every challenge the two-doors did.

These JKs are on sale this fall and should be priced much like the previous models. Whether you spend your time in the African jungle or the asphalt jungle, if you're a Wrangler fan, you'll like the new machine.

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS

2007 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear- or rear/4-wheel-drive, 4-5-passenger, 2-4-door truck

ESTIMATED BASE PRICE 
$20,000-$30,000

ENGINE TYPE 
pushrod 12-valve V-6, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection
Displacement
231 in3, 3778 cm3
Power
205 bhp @ 5200 rpm
Torque
240 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSIONS 
4-speed automatic, 6-speed manual

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 95.4-116.0 in
Length: 152.8-173.4 in
Width: 73.7-73.9 in
Height: 70.9-72.3 in
Curb weight: 3800-4350 lb

PERFORMANCE RATINGS (C/D EST)
Zero to 60 mph: 9.5-10.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.5-18.5 sec

FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
EPA city/highway driving: 16-17/20-21 mpg


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Jeep Wrangler (JK)

Motor vehicle

Jeep Wrangler JK
Jeep JK Wrangler Sahara 2-Door Convertible.jpg

Jeep Wrangler Sahara (JK)

ManufacturerJeep[a]
Also calledJeep J8 (Egypt)[1]
Jeep TJL-J8 (Egypt)
ProductionAugust 2006–April 27, 2018[2]
Model years2007–2018
AssemblyToledo, Ohio, United States
Cairo, Egypt (AAV)
DesignerMark Moushegian (2003)[3]
Ryan Nagode (2011 interior: 2008)[4][5]
Lorenzo Ramaciotti (2014 exterior: 2012)[6]
Body style2-door convertible
2-door SUV
4-door convertible
4-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel drive
Front-engine, four-wheel drive
RelatedAIL Storm III
Engine2.8L VM MotoriRA 428DieselI4

Complete engine specs

  •  •Displacement: 168.8 CID (2,766 cc)
  •  •Stroke: 3.94 in (100 mm)
  •  •Bore: 3.70 in (94 mm)
  •  •Power: 160 hp (120 kW)
  •  •Torque: 295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m)
  •  •Fuel Type: Diesel
3.6L PentastarV6
3.8 L EGHV6

Complete engine specs[8]

  •  •Displacement: 230.5 CID (3778 cc)[8]
  •  •Stroke: 3.43 in (87 mm)[8]
  •  •Bore: 3.78 in (96 mm)[8]
  •  •Power: 202 hp (151 kW)[8]
  •  •Torque: 237 lb⋅ft (321 N⋅m)[8]
  •  •Fuel Type: Gasoline
Transmission4-speed Ultradrive42RLE automatic
5-speed Mercedes-BenzW5A580 automatic
5-speed Chrysler545RFE automatic
6-speed ChryslerNSG370 manual
Wheelbase2-door: 95.4 in (2,423 mm)
4-door: 116 in (2,946 mm)
Length2-door: 164.3 in (4,173 mm)
4-door: 184.9 in (4,696 mm)
Width2-door: 73.7 in (1,872 mm)
4-door: 73.9 in (1,877 mm)
Height70.9 in (1,801 mm)
2-Door Rubicon: 72.3 in (1,836 mm)
Curb weight3,760–4,340 lb (1,706–1,969 kg)
PredecessorJeep Wrangler (TJ)
Iveco Massif (Spain)
SuccessorJeep Wrangler (JL)

The Jeep Wrangler (JK) is the third generation of the Jeep Wrangleroff-road vehicle. The Wrangler was unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the JK series 2007 Wrangler Unlimited at the 2006 New York Auto Show.

The car's body and chassis were completely redesigned during the era when Jeep was part of DaimlerChrysler. Just like the Willys MB, the CJ Jeeps and the Wranglers before it, the JK continues to have a separate body and frame, rigid live axles both front and rear, a fold-flat windshield, and can be driven without doors. Also, with the exception of optional 4x2 models, the Wrangler JK continues to have part-time four-wheel drive systems, with the choice of high and low gearing.

In addition to the traditional 2-door Jeep, the JK introduced for the first time a factory standard four-door model, called the Wrangler Unlimited. Contrary to the first, TJ-based Unlimited, and the CJ-8 "Scrambler", its wheelbase is stretched by 20 instead of 10 inches. The Wrangler Unlimited became a big sales success — by mid 2017 three quarters of all new Wranglers listed for sale were four-door models.[9]

Development[edit]

In 2001, DaimlerChrysler commissioned development of a TJ successor under the "JK" program code for the third generation Jeep Wrangler. Design work began almost immediately in 2001, with Mark Moushegian winning an internal design competition against Dan Zimmerman (later responsible for 2005 Jeep Hurricane Concept) by the second quarter of 2003. In January 2004, the JK design was frozen at 31 months ahead of production and work began on a conceptual preview.

The 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept.

On November 16, 2004, Jeep released 2 CAD renderings of a Jeep pickup. On December 5, 2004, the 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept was unveiled ahead of its January 2005 Detroit Auto Show debut, previewing many of the design elements on the incoming JK. The Wrangler JK was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show with past Chrysler group CEO Tom LaSorda driving one up some steps and through a plate glass window, just as Robert Lutz had done at the show in January 1992 with the Grand Cherokee.

Initial release[edit]

The JK was first available for purchase with the 2007 model year, beginning in August 2006. The 2007 model year brought a complete redesign of the Jeep Wrangler, and also a four-door model. The TJ chassis was replaced by an all new JK platform.

The JK Wrangler has been offered from the start in two models:

  • A short-wheelbase 2-door, in X, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels.
  • A long-wheelbase Unlimited 4-door, also in X, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels.

This next-generation Wrangler was noticeably wider than the previous model, with a 3.4-inch (86 mm) wider track; and though the two-door model has a 2-inch (51 mm) longer wheelbase, it is actually 2.5 inches (64 mm) shorter in overall length than the TJ, allowing for a 44.3° approach angle and a 40.4° departure angle.[10] With a larger factory available tire size of 32 inches, the breakover angle on the Rubicon is increased from 22.6° to 25.4°.[11] The four-door Unlimited model has an over 20-inch (510 mm) longer wheelbase at 116 in (2,950 mm) to offer much improved rear seating room, but is nevertheless only 2.4-inch (61 mm) longer than the 2006 TJ Unlimited.

The JK runs almost all vehicle functions, other than steering, under computer software control. Engine, transmission, and to some extent braking are computer controlled, as are lights and auxiliary systems. This is a first for the Wrangler. As of mid-2007, there have been three safety recalls for software fixes.[12]

Stability control was a new safety feature for the JK Wrangler. All versions offer off-road tuned Anti-lock braking system and traction control system with electronic limited slip differential. Standard on the Rubicon trim is a new electronic sway bar disconnect system.

A Sunrider convertible soft top is standard equipment. Also available on the JK model is an optional 3-piece modular hardtop. Although the doors can still be removed in traditional Wrangler fashion, power windows and remote power door locks was offered for the first time in a Wrangler. Another first is an available navigation system. This is the first generation of the Jeep Wrangler to have a change in the tail lamps.

New features included power windows, remote power door locks, navigation, as well as electronically detachable sway-bars on some models.

JK Wrangler Unlimited[edit]

The Wrangler Unlimited was the only American four-door convertible in production before the new Ford Broncocame out in July 2021.

The JK series 2007 Wrangler Unlimited was unveiled at the New York Auto Show on April 12, 2006. It is stretched even more than the TJ model, and featured four doors. This change made it the last-remaining 2-door SUV in North America to gain a four-door option and made it the only four door convertible in production. A full 20.6 inches (523 mm) was added to the JK Wrangler's 95.4-inch (2423 mm) wheelbase. It hit production line in August 2006 and was priced near $21,000.

The Unlimited has the same engine and transmission choices as a short-wheelbase JK. X and Sahara trims offer an option of 4x2 rear-wheel drive in the US. Optional 4x2 was discontinued after the 2010 model year for the Unlimited. 4-wheel drive became standard for the 2011 model year. It is the only four-door convertible available in the US, since the Hummer H1 with optional rag-top is no longer sold.[13]

The Unlimited offers more options and equipment than any previous Wrangler model, including standard electronic stability program and optional seat-mounted side airbags, remote keyless entry, navigation system, and Sirius Satellite Radio.[14] The navigation and satellite systems are a part of the MyGig Entertainment system that also has a hard drive allowing for the storage of MP3 music files and pictures.[15]

The Wrangler Unlimited became a big sales success — by mid 2017 three quarters of all new Wranglers listed for sale were four-door models.[9]

Trim levels[edit]

2009 Jeep Wrangler X 2-door soft-top

The Standard Wranglers are available in six trim packages (including 2 special editions). The Unlimited Wranglers are available in four trim packages (including 1 special edition). Most packages can be ordered with either hard or soft top, full or half doors ("Sport" and "Rubicon" only).

The Sport base model is available in 2-door versions. It is the "bare bones" Wrangler that can be customized to a buyer's specifications by adding such options as air conditioning and other accessories. It was originally called the "Wrangler X" until 2009. Later, stain-resistant YES Essentials cloth seats replaced standard vinyl seats, an AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/MP3 player and auxiliary audio input jack, and full-sized spare tire and wheel came standard on this model.

The X-S model features 32-inch tires (on 17-inch wheels), air conditioning, fog lights, cruise control, driver’s seat height adjuster, removable doors, and a fold-down windshield. It can be customized to a buyers specifications adding such options as power windows and locks, soft or hard top, rear LSD or locker (2007 only), and other accessories. It was renamed "Sport S" in 2009. Advantages over the Sport included standard air conditioning, alloy wheels, matching spare tire and wheel, YES essentials stain-resistant cloth seats, optional Uconnect touch-screen radios, optional seven-speaker premium sound system with subwoofer, and optional power equipment, such as power door locks and power windows, a first on any Wrangler model.

The Sahara model is the "luxury" model offering accessories such as body colored fenders, "Yes Essentials" seats (in late 2007–2008), power windows and locks and a 7 speaker infinity sound system with subwoofer, later, with Uconnect 430 (an AM/FM stereo with single CD-player with MP3 capability, SiriusXM, an aux input, Bluetooth, and USB port), among others. It also offered exterior-color fender flares, a paint matched hard-top, and a gold 'SAHARA' decal on both front fenders.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hardtop (JK, US)

The Rubicon is the "off-road ready" model, offering 32in BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain KM off-road tires with aggressive tread, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, and more. 'RUBICON' decals adorned both sides of the hood.

The Rubicon package is the dedicated "Offroad" package. Standard components of the Rubicon package include front and rear next generation Dana 44 axles with electric lockers, Rock-Trac four-wheel drive with 4:1 transfer case, rock rails, 32-spline rear axle with an 8.8-inch ring gear, 4.10 axle gearing, electric releasing sway bar, "Yes Essentials" seats (2007–08), 7-speaker infinity sound system, and any other available option can be added.

Powertrain[edit]

The 2.8 L diesel engine in this 2010 Wrangler Sport from Chile was never available in the U.S.

A 3.8 L EGHV6 with a displacement of 230.5 cubic inches (3,778 cc)[8] producing 202 hp (151 kW) and 237 lb⋅ft (321 N⋅m) of torque was the base engine in 2007 -2011 models. It replaced the AMC 242 straight-6, and was shared with the first-generation Chrysler Pacificacrossover (CUV), and Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Volkswagen Routanminivans. Transmission choices included a standard six-speed Chrysler NSG370 as the manual transmission, or an optional ChryslerUltradrive42RLE 4-speed automatic transmission.

For the 2012 model year the 3.8L V6 was replaced by Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 engine previously seen in the Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2), now producing 285 horsepower, and 260 pound-feet of torque. The NSG370 remained as the manual transmission option, while the 42RLE was replaced by a 5-speed Mercedes-Benz NAG1-family W5A580.

The 2.8 L VM Motoriturbodieselstraight-4 producing 177 hp (132 kW) and 302 lb⋅ft (409 N⋅m) of torque used in the Liberty was offered as options outside of U.S., as it did not satisfy U.S. emission control standards for 2007. It was offered with either the NSG370 manual, or the 42RLE automatic transmission.

The lower two levels have the Jeep Command-Trac part-time four-wheel drive system with an optional Trac-Loclimited-slip differential, while the Rubicon uses Rock-Trac a version of the NV241 with a 4:1 low range. Electronic locking front- and rear-axles called Tru-lok are also standard on Rubicon models. (A rear locking differential was optional on X and Sahara models for 2007, then only on select X models for 2008 and 2009. From 2010 onward, the only non-Rubicon Wrangler to have the Tru-lok locking differential as an option are the 2015 Wrangler X, based on the Sahara, and the 2016 75th Anniversary Edition Wranglers.)

Updates and editions[edit]

Postal Service[edit]

The Wrangler was available with factory installed right-hand drive, targeted at U.S. Mail carriers. Rural mail boxes in the United States are serviced with the carrier behind the wheel, also useful for carriers who wish to get out of their vehicle without the risk of getting hit by traffic. For the 2007 and 2008 model years, the right-hand drive Jeep was the short-wheelbase Wrangler. For the 2009 model year, the right-hand drive Wrangler was replaced by the right-hand drive Wrangler Unlimited.

2009 model year update[edit]

The 2009 model added standard Hill Start Assist (HSA) to prevent rollback on graded surfaces. Trailer Sway Control (TSC) also is available to monitor vehicle movement relative to the intended path and activates the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) if the trailer begins to sway outside set parameters. Additionally, ULEV II emissions replace LEV II emissions on manual transmission equipped vehicles.[16]

Rocky Mountain Edition[edit]

The Rocky Mountain Edition is a special edition of the "X" model that was made for 2009 with 32-inch tires (on 17-inch wheels), black tubular sidestep, a 6-disc in-dash changer and visual enhancements such as body colored fenders were optional.

2010 update[edit]

The 2010 model added a new easier-to-fold/open soft top, standard UConnect infotainment systems on models equipped with the MyGig radio, and new sun visors that offer more coverage than the old models, as well as integrated vanity mirrors.

Islander Edition[edit]

The Islander Edition is a special edition of the "Sport Base" model made in 2010 with "32"ish-inch tires, Islander edition seats, rubber slush mats, black tubular sidestep and visual enhancements such as a blue accented leather steering wheel.

Mountain Edition[edit]

The Mountain Edition is a special edition of the "Sport Base" model made for 2010 with 32-inch tires (on 17-inch wheels), black tubular sidestep, black tail light protectors and special edition seats, as well as visual enhancements like black grid and hood decals, a black fuel filler door and graphite dash enhancements. This edition was also available in 4 doors, based on the more equipped "Sport" trim instead of the "Sport Base" trim.

  • 2010 Jeep Wrangler Mopar accessories modifications

  • 2010 Jeep Wrangler 2-door hard-top Islander Edition

  • 2010 Unlimited Mountain Edition

2011 model year refresh: redesigned interior[edit]

Graphic showing the various suppliers used for the 2011 Wrangler.
Mopar Jeep JK-8 pick-up, based on the Wrangler Unlimited.
A dark green 2011 Jeep Wrangler.

For 2011, the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited received a mid-cycle restyling. The interior was fully redesigned to include a new steering wheel with integrated Bluetooth voice command, cruise control, and audio system controls, an available enhanced Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), the Uconnect hands-free Bluetooth phone system with voice control for the vehicle's audio system, as well as Bluetooth stereo audio streaming via A2DP, updated radios with available Garmin-based GPS navigation and SiriusXMSatellite Radio and Travel Link, a new passenger side grab bar with embossed "Jeep" and "Since 1941" insignias, new interior door skins (panels), a new power window control switch panel, new climate controls and vents, and new seat fabrics (heated front seats and leather-trimmed seating surfaces were also available for the first time in a Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited). New aluminum-alloy wheels options also became available, and the transmission shift lever for the automatic transmission and manual four-wheel-drive (4X4) system were both redesigned. Even with the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited being new, the 3.8L V6 gas engine and four-speed automatic transmission would not be replaced by the 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 gas engine and five-speed automatic transmission until the 2012 model year.

70th Anniversary Edition (MY2011)[edit]

The 70th Anniversary Edition is a special package based on the Sahara model to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Jeep. This package is available for the 2011 model year on both Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models. Features include: Black/Dark Olive (or Black) leather seats with perforated leather inserts and Chestnut accent stitching and piping, Leather steering wheel with Chestnut accents, Berber floor mats with Chestnut binding, Mopar brushed aluminum sill plates, Door armrest and center console in Dark Olive (or Black) with Chestnut accent, Unique 18-inch polished wheels, Automatic shift knob with satin chrome cap and bezel, Satin chrome HVAC rings, front doorpulls and grab handle, 70th Anniversary logo on radio screen, Unique cluster overlay and needles, and 70th Anniversary badges throughout.[17]

JK-8 Independence pick-up kit[edit]

In 2011 MOPAR made a kit available, to convert a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup, called JK-8 Independence.[18] The kit turns the car into a two-seater with a 50 inches long steel bed, and the half hard-top works with Freedom Top panels.

2012 model year update[edit]

Jeep Wrangler 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, Jeep Wrangler Arctic[edit]

2012 Wrangler Arctic (Germany)

The 2012 model, as confirmed by Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne during the 2010 third-quarter sales announcement, received a version of Chrysler's newest V-6 engine known as Pentastar.[19] The version used in the 2012 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the 2-door model is rated at 17 mpg City / 21 mpg Highway.[20]

Jeep Wrangler Arctic is based on Jeep Wrangler Sahara, with Arctic badge, decal recall the Yeti, unique black 17-inch wheels, original Mopar accessories, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 petrol engine with the automatic five-speed transmission or 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

The vehicles were unveiled in 64th International Frankfurt Motor Show.

Wrangler Unlimited Altitude edition is a package that starts with a Sahara model and adds black exterior treatment including the front badge, the wheel spokes, the fuel door, and a hood sticker. Inside, the vent trim, door pulls, steering-wheel spokes, and passenger grab handle are rendered in black. Stitching is done in red. The Altitude Wrangler paint colors are cherry red, black, white, or silver, and all include a body-colored hardtop.

European models of Jeep Wrangler were introduced in Jeep dealerships starting November 2011. Early models include Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels of Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Arctic model were introduced in Jeep dealerships in the first quarter of 2012 (for Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited).

Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition (2012)[edit]

Unlimited Call of Duty MW3 version

A version of 2012 model year Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon inspired by Activision's Call of Duty video games was available. Equipment included Rubicon wheels finished in semi-gloss black, black or bright silver body color, "Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition" graphics on the front fenders and spare tire cover, modified sculpted hood also from AEV (no heat vent), an AEV winch-ready (less the winch plate) front bumper and AEV rear bumper, rock rails, taillamp guards and a fuel-filler door from Mopar accessories, 32-inch off-road tires, live axles with locking differentials in the front and rear, a two-speed transfer case, model-specific black seats with accent stitching and "Call of Duty" logos, unique gauge cluster graphics, dashboard serialized plaque, dashboard grab handle with logo, accent stitching on arm rest, console lid, and steering wheel, as well as Mopar slush floor mats and a rear cargo mat (Unlimited only) with logos.[21]

The vehicles arrived at Jeep showrooms in November 2011.[22]

Wrangler Unlimited 'Brute' double-cab pick-up by AEV Conversions

Equipment[edit]

Mopar produced over 250 accessories for 2012 Jeep Wrangler.[23]

Double cab pick-up conversion[edit]

Since about 2012, the company American Expedition Vehicles offered an extended wheelbase, double-cab pickup conversion of the Unlimited, called the 'Brute'. Inspired by the Land Rover Defender 130, the Brute has a 139 inch wheelbase and an overall length of 216 inches.[24] After four years of production, the Brute was retired.

2013 model year update[edit]

The Wrangler series have received the following update/improvements; newly contoured seats and trim, a lever for one-handed rear-seat folding (previously a two-handed operation), ambient cabin lighting, and the return of the long-awaited second windshield washer nozzle.

2013 Moab edition[edit]

Similar to the 2012 "Call of Duty" version, it was named in recognition of the mountainous Utah east-central region that plays host to the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. The newest addition to the Wrangler lineup was aimed to bridge the gap between Rubicon and Sahara style.

Available for both Wrangler models, the Moab’s uniqueness was its distinguishing exterior features which included the steel bumpers front and rear from AEV (less the winch plate), rock sliders on the sills, tail light guards, front skid plate, black fuel filler door and a modified sculpted hood also from AEV (no heat vent). Color choice was limited to black, white, and a quartet of signature hues: Gecko, Dune, Crush, and Rock Lobster with fender flares in matte black only.

Other components and options were as follows: A limited-slip rear differential is standard and a locking unit is optional, 32" Goodyear Silent Armor tires on black-painted versions of the same wheels found on the 2013 Rubicon, Wrangler’s standard 2.72:1 transfer case (no option for a Rubicon 4:1), a soft canvas top cut from the same cloth as the Chrysler 200 Convertible’s and optional color matching hard top.

Australian 2013 Wrangler Overland.

2013 Overland edition[edit]

For Australia, the year revived the Jeep 'Overland' name, with the introduction of a premium / luxury version, featuring for instance leather-trimmed seats, automatic headlights and a reversing camera. Overland Models are Right Hand Drive Sahara Edition Models for the Australian Market [25]

Production[edit]

The 2013 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are built in the Toledo Supplier Park in Toledo, Ohio.

2013 Wrangler Unlimited 2.8 CRD Sahara

As of May 17, 2013, Chrysler Group's Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex produced its one-millionth JK model, a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition, to be delivered to a customer in Sarasota, Florida.[26]

Marketing[edit]

As part of 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition launch, the Jeep X Games Avalanche Scramble sweepstakes campaign featured a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition grand prize and 3 'X Games Aspen 2013' prizes.[27]

Commando Jeep[edit]

The Commando Jeep is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tactical vehicle based on the Jeep Wrangler with a factory installed turbodiesel engine operating on JP-8 and global diesel fuels.[28] It is a vehicle modified for use by airborne forces, special operations forces, and combat engineers.

2014 model year refresh[edit]

General changes to the Wrangler include a new Trail Kit (two D-rings, a tow strap, gloves and a bag to store the items), clear park lamps and turn signal indicators replace the amber units, 6 new body colors (Amp’d, Anvil, Copperhead, Flame Red, Granite Crystal and Hydro Blue (Freedom Edition only)) for total of 10.

Changes to Sport models include the introduction of optional UConnect 6.5-inch touchscreen radio with hard drive storage and SiriusXM Radio, optional 32-inch Tire and Wheel Group (semi-gloss black 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels, BF Goodrich KM LT255/75R17 off-road tires).

Special editions[edit]

Rubicon (X) Edition

Available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the Rubicon X is a version of Rubicon with electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles, Rock-Trac transfer case with a "4-Low" ratio of 4:1, 4.

Dragon and Polar Editions
New limited edition trim packages include the Wrangler Dragon edition, which includes a black three-piece hard top, Bronze Satin Gloss paint with Dragon decals, and unique 18 inch wheels and front fascia.[29][30] Jeep introduced the Polar Edition Wrangler in 2014 which was available in 2-door and 4 door and came in three distinct colors; Hydro Pearl Blue, Billet Silver Metallic, and Bright White. In addition to the new colors, the Polar Edition came with options including automatic climate control and heated seats to supplement the black leather seats. The Polar Edition has some similarities to the Sahara such as body colored fender flares and also came standard with a body colored hard top. The Polar Edition is equipped with a standard Trac-Lok limited slip rear differential and offer an electronic locking rear differential as an option.[31]

Freedom Edition
A new Freedom Edition is a modified Wrangler sport with 3 unique body colors ('Hydro Blue', 'Billet Silver', and 'Black and Dune'). The package includes a Mineral Gray painted grille, a unique interior and exterior with "Oscar Mike" badging throughout, body colored fenders with silver-painted 17 inch alloy wheels, and rock rails with black tail lamp guards. The interior includes black seats with tectonic fabric, and a French Silver accent stitching steering wheel.[32]

European models were set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2014. UK models include only 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine with automatic transmission.[33][34]

Equipment[edit]

New Mopar Jeep Performance Parts and Accessories included 2014 Jeep Wrangler Trail Rated Kit, 4:10 Dana 44 front and rear axles (for 2007–2014 Wrangler), Hardtop Headliner (for 2007 and later Wrangler), Black Grille (with hood seal and a matching black Jeep badge), Side Visor.[35]

2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in Firecracker Red and body-colored hardtop, shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

2015 model year update[edit]

Changes for 2015 include the new paint colors (including, new for 2015, Tank (dark olive green), Sunset Orange, Copper Brown, Baja Yellow, and Firecracker Red.)[36] and trim packages (Sport, Willys Wheeler, Sahara, Rubicon, and Rubicon Hard Rock levels.)[37]

Changes include a package that bundles steel wheels with 31-inch tires for Sport models, and a Torx tool set that's standard on all models, allowing owners to remove the doors or lower the windshield wherever they are.[38] On base Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models, sixteen-inch gloss black-painted styled steel wheels were available to replace the standard Sparkle Silver-painted styled steel wheels.

The 2015 Wrangler received a new nine-speaker, 552-watt Alpine premium audio system (replacing the previously-standard seven-speaker, 368-watt Infinity premium amplified audio system with subwoofer) with amplifier and rear cargo floor-mounted all-weather subwoofer that was optional on all trim levels. All trim levels included a newly-standard eight-speaker audio system (replacing the previously-standard six-speaker audio system). The eight-speaker system replaced the instrument panel-mounted tweeter speakers with 3.5-inch mid-range speakers, and also added a pair of 3.5-inch mid-range speakers to the rear sound bar.

The Jeep Wrangler was released in India on 30 August 2016. Alongside the Grand Cherokee, the Wrangler was the first model to be sold directly by Jeep in the country.[39] Jeeps were previously built under licence by Mahindra in India since the 1960s.[40]

2018 model year update[edit]

For 2018, the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited JK were sold alongside the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) and Wrangler Unlimited JL in order to meet demand for the Wrangler until the all-new JL model went on sale in early 2018. The two models would be produced at separate plants at the Toledo Complex in Toledo, Ohio. To distinguish between JK and JL models, a Wrangler JK decal was applied to the front fenders of the vehicle. There were very minimal changes from the 2017 model year Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited (aside from the 75TH Anniversary Edition models), with the same trim levels and special editions being offered, although a new Golden Eagle special edition models were also offered, with bronze-painted accents and aluminum-alloy wheels and special front fender decals. The Golden Eagle was also the only Wrangler JK to be offered with a beige top option.

Military Jeep J8 (2007–present)[edit]

Main article: Jeep J8

On September 13, 2007, at the Defence Systems and Equipment International trade show, Chrysler LLC unveiled a Wrangler Unlimited version designed for military use dubbed the J8. The unarmored Jeep J8 is equipped with larger brakes, axles and suspension components than the civilian version and has a payload capacity of 1,339 kg (2,952 lb). The J8 also differs from the civilian model by utilizing heavy-duty rear leaf springs for carrying heavier payloads. The Jeep J8 is powered by a VM 2.8-liter (169 CID) four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 118 kW (158 hp) and 400 N·m (295 lbf·ft) of torque, providing towing capability of up to 3,500 kg (7,700 lb).[41] The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The J8 also features a unique air-intake system with special filtration and a hood-mounted snorkel that enables the J8 to wade in water up to 762 mm (30 in) deep and tackle sandstorm conditions for up to five hours. Available as a two-door with an extended pickup bed for personnel or equipment transport, or a four-door multipurpose vehicle, it may be produced with numerous vehicle-body and seating configurations in either right-hand- or left-hand-drive.[42] Targeted for use by the militaries in overseas markets, the J8 is not available in the United States because it will not meet U.S. emissions requirements. The J8 will be produced in Egypt.[43]

End of Production[edit]

Production of the Jeep Wrangler JK and Wrangler Unlimited JK ceased on Friday, April 27, 2018, after twelve years, as dealer stock of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) ramps up. The current Jeep Wrangler JK plant will receive a retooling in order to produce the upcoming JL-based Jeep Gladiator (JT) that will debut for the 2020 model year.[44]

Notes[edit]

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