The Jeep brand has finally made its way to the Indian market. They brought in the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. The Wrangler has a special place in our heart though. It is a vehicle which all off-road enthusiasts swear by, given how capable it is. Having said that, how can an enthusiast keep his car stock? Here is India’s first modified Jeep Wrangler:
So what has been modified
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited comes with a whole host of engine options in the international market, however in India, we get one petrol and one diesel engine option. This one is the diesel variant which comes with a 2.8 liter engine making 197 Bhp and 460 Nm. There have been no changes that have been done to the engine, to increase power output.
Now to what has changed. In the looks department, the fenders have been cut and there are custom fenders now. These have been done by Smittybilt, a company that is famous for making off-road equipement for SUVs. The SUV sits on larger rims that have been shod with off-road tyres. The rims have been finished in black. To help going off-road, the car now has a custom off-road suspension. Since the Wrangler is best known for its off-road capability, there are a lot of companies that provide aftermarket suspensions for the Wrangler. Also, unlike most modern SUVs, the Wrangler is more old school. It doesn’t have a terrain response system or a way to change modes, it has the old-school lever to shift between 2wd, 4wd and 4wd low.
Up front, the normal plastic bumper has been replaced and instead of it sits an off-road bumper with a winch and a bull guard. The bull guard has two auxiliary lights placed on it. The headlamps have been blacked out to give the car a more mean look. At the back, there is an all-new LED tail lamp cluster and the owner has added a jerry can too. The normal plastic bumper has also been replaced by an off-road one.
The speciality of the Wrangler Unlimited is that it can be converted into an open top vehicle. All the doors and the roof panels are removable, and the interiors can be hosed down as well, thus helping with the off-roading feel.
We did drive the stock Jeep Wrangler sometime back and here are our thoughts on its off-road capability: Jeep camp
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