JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON DRIVE REVIEW
The Jeep Wrangler has gone through many generational changes and upgrades. And with almost each revision it has improved and become more advanced and modern, while at the same time staying true to its roots and retaining the original DNA that distinguishes it and makes it special.
The new generation Wrangler features even more of the famous Jeep 4X4 capability, improved and efficient engines, more safety features, advanced technology, better on and off-road dynamics, and a lot more.
New Jeep Wrangler has a modern design that stays true to the original. It is instantly recognizable by its iconic grille and the seven vertical openings with round headlights flanking them. This front image of the Jeep is imbedded in millions of minds and has even been used in cartoons, comics, books, modern-art, etc, to convey the message that this is a Jeep, capable of going anywhere.
Interestingly the grille now has a slight bend towards its top, which is said to improve airflow and aerodynamics. The windscreen is also more angled to aid smoother airflow, the A pillar edges have been rounded and the overall design has fewer gaps and is more rounded and streamlined.
While the passenger compartment still features the heritage-inspired chimney like center stack it has a clean, sculpted shape that complements the horizontal dashboard design. The finish varies by model and the multi-media system includes communication, entertainment and navigation features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 5.0, 7.0- or 8.4-inch touch screens with pinch-and-zoom capability.
The screen resolution is better and below it are the climate and volume control knobs and media connectivity ports. The two USB ports up front and two in reach of occupants in the back seat connect to the media center. Standard 12-volt accessory outlets are located throughout and it has useful mesh type pockets that extend the entire length of the doors and numerous phone storage areas. An under-floor storage area behind the rear seat provides room to secure small items out of sight.
Engine & Transmission
The new Jeep Wrangler is available with a new 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol turbo-charged unit and the 3.6-litre V6. The all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine makes 274PS and 400Nm of torque and is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, its torque is more than that of the V6!
The eight speed auto transmission is quick to respond too and provides good flexibility. Jeep says, “It’s engineered for commuting during the week or rock crawling on the weekend and customers will enjoy a smooth, linear power delivery and improved fuel efficiency”.
Ride is so much better, the body moves around less and the steering is also more direct without lots of the earlier vagueness. The ride quality is more supple and comfortable and overall NVH levels are better too.
The use of lighter materials and improvements in suspension settings has certainly benefited the new Wrangler. Jeep says, “The roll center height has been raised and the spring rates have been retuned to provide a comfortable ride when traveling around town”. The retuned shock absorbers along with all the other changes like new hard points and body mount strategy, have significantly benefitted the ride comfort, body-roll control, and handling.