Jeep India has begun testing the all-new Wrangler on Indian roads. This legendary American off-roader is in its fourth generation globally, and in its second generation in India. The fourth generation Wrangler JL is already on sale in the United States. It’s likely to be introduced in India later this year. As is the case with the previous generation Wrangler JK, the new model is also expected to be imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route. Both three-door and five-door (Unlimited) models are likely to be introduced in India, in a departure from the present, where the SUV was sold here only in five-door trim.
The Wrangler JL gets multiple changes on the outside, mainly stylistic in nature. However, the classic Jeep look is retained as is. The 3-door variant of the Jeep Wrangler JL measures 4,334 mm in length, 1,894 mm in width and 1,839 mm in height, and has a 2,459 mm wheelbase. Ground clearance is hefty at a full 260 mm, and Jeep is expected to introduce the Wrangler JL 3 door in Rubicon trim.
Rubicon refers to the off-road pack enabled Jeep Wrangler, which means dedicated features to make the off-roader a lot more capable off the road. Rock-Trac 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case with 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, Dana 44-inch axles, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers and an electric sway bar disconnect are features specific to the Rubicon trim.
As for mechanicals, the Wrangler JL 3 door gets 2-litre turbocharged petrol, 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel and 3.6-litre V6 naturally aspirated petrol engine options internationally. While the 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine outputs 272 PS and 400 Nm, the 3.6-litre V6 naturally aspirated petrol motor makes 284 PS and 347 Nm. The 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel puts out 200 PS and 450 Nm. All three engines get 8-speed, torque converter automatic gearboxes as options, while 6-speed manual gearboxes are standard. Jeep India is likely to offer the Wrangler JL 3-door in India with 8-speed automatic gearboxes as standard.