Wrangler launch will showcase NZ’s beauty to the world
With the imminent arrival here of Jeep’s significantly upgraded new Wrangler 4x4 we thought it was only right to share some of the stunning press and media shots produced here late last year by the company’s PR agency for distribution throughout the world.
At the official launch ( at the Los Angeles Auto Show) in late November last year Jeep confirmed that the new two-door Wrangler will be available in three different trim configurations, Sport, Sport S and Rubicon, while the LWB four-door models will be available in four, Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon.
For the first time in Wrangler’s history, a two-speed transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive and a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio will be available on Sahara models. This new Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case is intuitive and the system comes complete with solid Dana front and rear axles with a 3.45 rear axle ratio.
On Wrangler Rubicon models, a Rock-Trac 4x4 system features heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.
Wrangler Rubicon models also offer improved articulation and total suspension travel versus the previous generation with help from an electronic swaybar disconnect.
While immediately recognizable with its traditional Jeep design cues the new Wrangler gets a lowered beltline with larger window area while the top of the keystone-shaped grille has been gently swept back for improved aerodynamics.
The windshield’s rake has also been optimized for improved aerodynamics and features a new four bolt design at the top of the frame to allow the windscreen and surround to fold down quickly and easily.
While there is no word – yet – from local distributor Ateco, earlier in the year the company suggested first deliveries here in ‘ the fourth quarter.’
Wrangler in situ north-west of Wanaka.