The 2019 Jeep Wrangler has been launched in India at Rs 63.94 lakhs (All-India ex-showroom). It is being offered in one top-of-the-line variant and with petrol power only and will be sold via the CBU route.
The Wrangler, in this JY era, retains the iconic Jeep design features but in a modern interpretation to usher the SUV in the new age. The Wrangler retains the signature seven slat grille but new LED headlamps.
In profile, we can see the square lines that define the Wrangler heritage, but Jeep has also added 18-inch wheels and heavily flared wheel arches that serve as both styling elements as well as stands for the spotter to stand on when pushing car during a hard core off-road session.
The car has been launched with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 268bhp and 400Nm. The only gearbox on offer is a new eight-speed automatic. Included in the package is Jeep’s Seletrac 4X4 system with a low ratio gearbox.
One of the specialities of the Wrangler is that you can remove all the doors, roof panels as well as the windshield and drive it as a hard core off-road machine. This is particularly useful when you need to skim off the weight while riding over difficult terrains.
Although the Jeep is overtly geared to the off-road life, you do get all the usual luxuries like climate control, button start, plastic interiors that can be hosed down and, for the first time, a touchscreen infotainment system.
While the Wrangler was the highlight of this show, Jeep has also tapped into its heritage and displayed an original left-hand drive Willys Jeep complete with axe and shovel mounted on the side. One glance is sufficient to tell you where the Wrangler began its life.