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Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

THE RUGGED...

The 2018 Jeep Wran­gler smoothens the pre­vi­ous car’s more up­right nose, re­vises the glasshouse and gives the in­te­rior a con­sid­er­able over­haul that in­cludes colour-coded trim and sat-nav.

The Wran­gler’s tra­di­tional Achilles heel, its on-road man­ners, has been ad­dressed with the ad­di­tion of elec­tric power steer­ing, more sym­pa­thet­i­cally con­fig­ured shocks and a raft of safety fea­tures.

EN­GINES

• 2,0-litre, 4-cyl, tur­bopetrol (an all-new unit) • 3,0-litre, V6, tur­bod­iesel • 3,6-litre, V6, petrol

OFF-ROAD FEA­TURES

• Selec-trac two-speed trans­fer case • Lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial • 280 mm ground clear­ance • Full-time AWD • Roc-trac 4x4 sys­tem with lock­ing dif­fer­en­tials (Ru­bi­con mod­els) • 762 mm ford­ing depth

…AND THE REFINED

Mercedes-benz has re­vealed pic­tures of the cabin of the next-gen­er­a­tion G-class ahead of its of­fi­cial un­veil­ing at this year’s North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show. While the trio of diff-lock switches re­mains, the rest of the cabin has been re­designed from the ground-up with fea­tures that in­clude a 12,3-inch LCD cen­tral dis­play, up­rated ma­te­ri­als and greater oc­cu­pant space than be­fore. ETA: late-2018

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