New 4x4 to go on sale this weekend, with pricing rising to £47,995 for top-spec Rubicon model

Jeep has released UK pricing details for the new Wrangler, ahead of it going on sale this weekend. The rugged 4x4 range will start from £44,495 for the entry-level Sahara model in two-door form. 

Four-door models command a £1,500 premium, with Overland trim starting from £46,495. The third trim level on offer is the Rubicon, priced identically to the Overland. The full list of standard equipment is yet to be revealed. 

The sole engine available from launch will be a 2.2-litre diesel, with a 268bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine available later this year. Other markets get hybrid and V6 units, which are unconfirmed for UK release. 

The diesel produces 197bhp and 332lb ft of torque, and has an aluminium block, variable geometry turbocharger and stop-start. The petrol, meanwhile, gives 268bhp and 295lb ft of torque, although performance figures for either are yet to be revealed. Both engines are available exclusively with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.  

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The car, which is already on sale in America, is the first Wrangler to get a four-cylinder petrol engine that uses a twin-scroll turbocharger and new eTorque technology.

The US market mild hybrid system outputs a maximum of 270bhp and 295lb ft of torque, while also enabling significant improvements to efficiency. Stop/start technology is included, and the engine can switch off when the car is coasting.

The Wrangler is also offered with a 3.6-litre petrol engine with 285bhp and 260lb ft of torque, while a 3.0-litre diesel that produces 260bhp and 442lb ft will be added to the range from 2019. Both units use start/stop technology. Drive is channelled to all four wheels, with low-ratio 4:1 locking differentials available (they’re standard on Rubicon cars).

The American SUV, first shown at the LA motor show, has been given substantial technical revisions to bring it up to date, but designers have been sure to retain the familiar look of its forebears, which stretch back to 1986.

It’s offered in two and four-door guises in Sport, Sport S, Sahara (exclusive to the four-door) and Rubicon trim. The model gets new LED lighting and is available with more open-air options, including one that enables the doors and roof to be removed.

Inside, Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment technology features within a centrally mounted touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Base cars get a 5.0in screen, but 7.0in and 8.4in versions are available in higher models. A 7.0in digital LED instrument cluster display is also available; base cars make do with a 3.5in screen between the dials.

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Like its predecessors, the new Wrangler is based on a body-on-frame chassis design. It features five-link suspension, while the roll centre height has been raised and spring rates retuned to boost the car’s off-road abilities and improve ride quality.

Jeep claims that the car can wade through water up to 760mm deep, just 40mm short of what the larger Range Rover Sport can manage, and drive up inclines with a 44 degree approach and a departure angle of 37 degrees. The car’s ground clearance is 277mm.

Alongside its off-road hardware, the new car gets a raft of new safety tech, with 75 active and passive systems available. These include blind spot monitoring, electronic roll mitigation and rear-cross path detection technology.

When the new Wrangler arrives in the UK, it will likely do so in higher numbers than before. The UK volume of the current Wrangler, which is still available to buy in Britain, is low but consistently stable, with 322 units delivered in 2016. Jeep UK is understood to be pushing for a boost in available numbers when the next-generation Wrangler arrives following requests from prospective customers for more cars.

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29 November 2017

This is how you update an icon. How I wish JLR took a similar approach with the Defender. This is clearly a growing market - especially if you offer a pick up version too.

29 November 2017
scrap wrote:

This is how you update an icon. How I wish JLR took a similar approach with the Defender. This is clearly a growing market - especially if you offer a pick up version too.

Since JLR introduced the 90/110 in 1985 (as despite the constant bullsh*t spouted this car was different to the series III, which was a different car to the series II and so on) Jeep changed the Wrangler / CJ about 4 times.  

Invest and advance.  Each iteration is better than the last but still true to the character of the brand.

McGovern is struggling because he can't cover the Defender in premium premiuminess.  He is a obd trick pony and the JLR range is just riding the crest of an unstoppable wave.  Would the range sell like hot cakes in a more hostile legaslative environment?  

16 October 2018

And you thought MB took the piss with the G-Wagen?? There's hope for the new Defender yet!

29 November 2017

I’m really excited by the prospect of seeing this in the UK. I owned a TJ at one time and loved it. Most car and SUV drivers won’t see the point of a vehicle like this, but even in the UK there is a small and enthusiastic following for genuine off-roaders where form follows function. Great to see a manufacturer that knows how to truly build on it’s legendary heritage.

29 November 2017
A diesel ( a dirty word I know but in this class of vehicle surely acceptable?) with 260bhp should be interesting !

15 December 2017
Well the cash cow for FCA, is here well worth the Waite, and it well sell like Ice Water In Death Valle. Thank the greater power's that JEEP has a SOUL, unlike you JLR who gave up on the segment, by not improving the 90 and 110, and instead replacing it with a Metrosexual Faker, your new "Defender", is nothing but a Name Swap to a Boxy Range Rover, poser, utilizing the JLR Unibody Aluminum Architecture

Seriously JLR, press releases stated you intend to produce hard tops, soft tops and even a Unidody utility Pickup ( $80,000 Ridgeline? ), , yeah that might work with your Urban Yuppi crowd. JLR you have forsaking your history, forgotten that the Defender 90,110 and 127(130) where an institution, and as for military service, you really believe that a Yuppi Urban Transport will replace the 110 HCPU, 130CC pickup trucks or the 90 and 110 XD's utility vehicles in military and police work or the Goat the Brute the best Dender of them all the SVX, you have turned your back on the TRUE PURPOSE of the Range Rover Defender.

The replacement for all does vehicles will be the New "G" Class, Toyota Land Cruiser ( Don't Mess It Up Toyota, In The Same Manner That Nissan Screwed Up The Patrol And JLR The Defender ), Toyota Hilux/Tacoma, Chevy Tahoe / Suburban/Colorado/Silverado, Ford F150/250/Ranger.

The one to Dominate the market will be the new Jeep Wrangler JL 2 / 4 door hard and soft top, Pick up truck short and long bed, single and club cab. And just Waite till all its other derivatives arrive, if we go by some of the off hand remarks that Jeep reps made at the Jamboree, and the MOAB concepts Jeep has shown the FAITHFULL , we might see a Jeepster Commando, Jeepster Willys, The Africa Concept, The Short Wheel Base Shortcutt, and an open top based of the 2 door Sport, a tribute to the 1941 Willys. A version I am sure Jeep die hard would welcome is the often rumored factory Wrangler with Portal Axles, a trim above the top of the line Hard Rock.

I will state it now, the Jeep Wrangler is the only vehicle left in its class, it will even replace the Defender 90, 110 and 127, even in the Land Of Tea And Crumpets.

4 July 2018

Its an old school 4x4. It should come with a manual box to suit its old school drivers. We, it appears wont get the V6 (the only engine the manual box is fitted to now). With the new one its auto or nothing and down sized 4 pot turbo. shame to miss the opportunity to sell a few more to us who prefer the 3 pedel set up.

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4 July 2018

This is a very confusing article you have written Sam. Is this UK or European specs and are we really getting the V6?

I am not sure the raft of safety tech is needed, and I hope the start/stop nonesense doesnt work when off-roading. It could kill you.

4 July 2018
289 wrote:

This is a very confusing article you have written Sam. Is this UK or European specs and are we really getting the V6?

I am not sure the raft of safety tech is needed, and I hope the start/stop nonesense doesnt work when off-roading. It could kill you.

I have read on US websites that the start/stop function can be switched off via a dash button. As you say, this would be essential for off-road use, but the switch has to be used every time you start the car.

4 July 2018

Can't wait!  Brilliant.  Am I hiding my excitement well?

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