FCA previously announced that they will be officially starting local assembly of the Jeep Wrangler in India. Until now, the Wrangler was a CBU or Completely Built Unit import. However, now the SUV will be routed to India as a CKD or Completely Knocked Down unit and it will be assembled locally in India. This should help in reducing the price of the Wrangler by quite a margin. Recently, Rubicon variant of the Wrangler was spotted on Indian roads carrying red number plates, indicating that the production of India made Wrangler has started.
As of now, there are two variants of Wrangler sold in India. There is the base variant which costs Rs. 63.94 lakhs ex-showroom and then there is the proper off-roader known as Rubicon which is priced at Rs. 68.94 lakhs ex-showroom. As mentioned above that these prices are expected to drop one the CKD Wrangler is officially announced. The Wrangler will be assembled at FCA’s Ranjangaon-based facility near Pune in Maharashtra. The SUV was also spied in Pune.
While the exterior of the Wrangler might look identical to the old one, there is quite a bit of change to the interior. The cabin now looks more modern due to the dashboard layout. Now, the centre stage is taken by an updated 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Uconnect 4C NAV connected tech with Navigation. The infotainment system also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Then there are other features such as multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, push-button to start/stop, keyless entry, multi-information display with analogue instrument cluster and a lot more. There is leather upholstery with contrast stitching and it comes with a 5-seat layout.
The SUV also comes with LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED tail lamps, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a lot more. Jeep Wrangler gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 268 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 400 Nm. It is only offered with 8-speed automatic transmission. It comes with a 4×4 system as standard, along with a low-range transfer case.
Jeep will also be bringing the Grand Cherokee in the Indian market as a CKD offering. The manufacturer is also working on two new SUVs for India. There will be a new sub-4-metre compact-SUV which will the new entry-level vehicle from the manufacturer and there will also be a 7-seater SUV based on the Compass.
The 7-seater SUV is being called H6 internally and it will be unveiled by the end of the year. While the launch will happen in 2022. From the front, the SUV will look the same as the Compass it will be the second half of the side profile from where the changes will happen. It will get longer doors, an upright boot lid and a design inspired by Grand Cherokee L and the Grand Wagoneer Concept. It will come with a more powerful tune of the 2.0-litre Multijet 2 diesel engine that we have experienced on the Compass. The engine is expected to produce around 200 PS. You can click here to read more about the upcoming Jeep’s 7-seater SUV.