Wran­gler launch will show­case NZ’s beauty to the world

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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.

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