The Jeep brand officially entered India last year with three models. The company launched the Wrangler, Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee SRT in India. The cheapest offering, Wrangler was launched only with a diesel engine and was priced at Rs. 71 lakh, ex-showroom. Jeep has now introduced a more powerful petrol variant, priced at Rs. 56 lakh, ex-showroom.
The new offering, Jeep petrol is the cheapest Jeep you can buy in the market. The Wrangler petrol is also more powerful than the diesel variant. The Wrangler Unlimited petrol is powered by 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 engine that churns out a maximum of 280 BHP and 247 Nm of torque. The power is transferred to all the wheels through a 5-speed automatic gearbox. The TurboDiesel engine produces a maximum of 198 BHP only, but the torque output is rated at 347 Nm, which is 100 Nm more than the petrol engine.
The V6 petrol engine is an all-aluminum driving force. The cylinders are mounted at an angle of a 60-degree angle. The engine also gets two-step variable valve timing system and eight-holed fuel injectors for better fuel supply. The engine also features a new thermal management system and a cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) for better fuel delivery during off-roading.
The petrol model of the Wrangler Unlimited gets a long list of features too. Starting with Command-Trac 4WD system, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), gas charged suspensions and washable interiors with removable carpet and drained plugs. The Wrangler feels very premium with McKinley leather seats, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, auto headlamps, Hill Start Assist (HSA) with Electronic Roll Mitigation, remote keyless entry and more. The model also gets a function through which the doors can be removed completely.
Commenting on the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited petrol, FCA India – President and Managing Director, Kevin Flynn said, “We are delighted to now offering the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at ₹ 56 lakh to Indian customers with the award-winning 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine. This will now be the most accessible model in the Wrangler lineup equipped with this super smooth powertrain, the hallmark of efficiency, performance and refinement. With this announcement, the Trail-rated Jeep Wrangler is now available in both Petrol and Diesel powertrains in India.”