The 2019 Jeep Wrangler gets a host of new features.
LED DRLs and taillamps, a tailgate-mounted spare wheel on the outside.
8.4-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch TFT LED display on the inside.
Tyre pressure monitoring system and push-button start also on the list.
To be powered by a 268bhp/400Nm four-cylinder petrol engine.
Eight-speed automatic gearbox with low ratios on offer.
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler has been launched at a price point of Rs 63.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is imported as a CBU, which is why the high price tag.
The styling has changed a fair amount – the seven-slat grille with the circular headlamps remains, but there are now LED DRLs. The tail lamps are now LEDs as well. The Jeep Wrangler for India gets the four-door version, and the doors are removable! The windshield is now of the drop-down type as well. In true old-school SUV fashion, the spare tyre is now mounted on the tailgate. The wheel arches are squared off for a more butch look.
There are more changes to the interior, the most noticeable of which is the 8.5-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that takes centre stage, with a nine-speaker Alpine audio system. Yes, it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. The driver’s instrumentation is now a 7-inch TFT LED display, there is a tilt and telescopically adjustable steering wheel, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and a push-button start. Of course, it will retain some of the outgoing Wrangler’s features like leather interiors, a lockable centre storage bin, and interiors that can be washed out with a hose and drain plugs removed from the floor.
The new Jeep Wrangler has a choice of four engines across the globe, but India gets the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol that generates 268bhp and an impressive 400Nm of torque. It will be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The transmission also offers Jeep’s patented ‘Selectrac’ 4x4 system with a low-ratio gearbox as well. The axle tubes are twice as strong as the older gen, and it has a smaller turning circle and improved water fording capability. Only an SUV as serious as the Wrangler about off-road ability would boast about figures such as these: a 41.8-degree approach angle, breakover angle of 21 degrees, and a departure angle of 36.1 degrees. Ground clearance is 215mm, and wheelbase is 3008mm. The overall length of the car is 4882mm.
Jeep is offering the 2019 Wrangler with a two year, unlimited mileage warranty. It doesn’t have any real competition for its offroad abilities at that price, but if you’re looking for SUVs that can also go offroad at that price, you’d have to look closely at the Land Rover Discovery Sport. If the dirt doesn’t matter to you, then even a Porsche Macan is in the same price range.