2024 Jeep Wrangler Shocks With Updated Tech and Revised Interior
Few cars in the world are as universally recognisable as the Jeep Wrangler, and so it’s understandable that with the launch of the new Wrangler the brand has decided to play it safe, focusing on the interior, creature comforts, and technology more so than the exterior design. In fact, the only major change on the exterior is a new grille that differentiates itself clearly at first glance. It’s a slimmer iteration of the seven-slat grille with blacked-out slats along with lending a premium touch.
First introduced on the 2023 Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary, the grille includes black textured slots, neutral grey metallic bezels, and body-colour surround. This new design improves cooling and allows for fitment of the new factory-installed Warn winch, which is available on Rubicon models sold in the US market.
Further on, the front windshield gets an integrated antenna while there are new standard and optional wheel designs. The interior seems plusher with a focus on increasing everyday usability. The wrapped instrument panel features new soft-touch surfaces with contrast stitching while the centre console air vents have been redesigned to accommodate the larger screen.
Speaking of which, the new 12.3-inch touchscreen is the largest ever fitted to a Wrangler and has the fifth-generation Uconnect 5 system. There are five user profiles plus a valet mode while there is also wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, connectivity for two Bluetooth-enabled phones, OTA map updates and dual USB Type C ports. Additional driver assistance features include collision warning and advanced cruise control.
Jeep has added two variants to the Wrangler line-up with the Sport S 4xe and the new Rubicon X. The new variant makes the 4xe plug-in hybrid with the 2.0l turbo more accessible while the top-spec petrol-only engines (2.0 and a 3.6-litre V6) including the beastly Rubicon 392 with a 6.4-litre V8 continue to remain.
Rubicon models also get a Dana 44 HD full-float rear axle while the Willys has a standard rear locker and 33-inch tires. The Rubicon X meanwhile is decked up with standard 35-inch tires (2.0-litre and 3.6-litre automatic powertrains), integrated off-road camera and steel bumpers. Lastly, 4xe buyers also have the option of a Jeep 4xe Power Box that features four 120-volt outlets with 30 amps of total output, allowing the battery pack to power external devices such as phones and tablets.
We expect the new Wrangler to arrive quickly on Australian shores though it remains to be seen which of the new variants make it here.
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