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Need to wade rivers and clamber up slopes? Jeep unveils pricing for the all-new Wrangler 4x4

By Paul Connolly

Need to ford rivers, battle up muddy slopes or cruise the beachfront – whilst looking ruggedly stylish at the same time?

Then the new Jeep Wrangler might be the vehicle for you.

Jeep this week unveiled pricing and spec for the latest version of its Wrangler 4x4.

For the uninitiated, the Wrangler is a small to mid-size SUV with excellent off-road capability and a serious slug of rugged styling that’s been around since 1986.

Now in its fourth generation, the Wrangler is the indirect descendant of the famous World War II Jeep, which made the American manufacturer famous around the world for its go-anywhere ability and war-torn effectiveness.

Although not a direct grandchild of the WWII Jeep, the Wrangler shares many of its characteristics including open top variations, solid axles and a muscular, squat, terrain-hugging stance.

The 2019, fourth generation car had its pricing and specification formally revealed this week.

The updated range features two new engines, some external design changes, and an updated cabin. Prices start from £44,865.

The version of the Wrangler sold in the UK has two engines: a 2.0-litre turbo petrol and a 2.2-litre MultiJet II diesel turbo. Both come mated to a new 8-speed auto transmission.

Jeep claims this is the “most capable Wrangler ever”, courtesy of two advanced four-wheel drive, active, on-demand full time systems – Command-Trac and Rock-Trac.

Among the changes to the 2019 Wrangler are:

  • New external and internal styling
  • All-new engines – 2.2-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel and 2.0-litre turbo petrol
  • New Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Improved safety content, including Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation
  • ParkView reverse camera
  • And four standard air bags

The new 2.2-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel engine features second-generation MultiJet technology, four valves per cylinder, a belt-driven Double Over Head Camshafts (DOHC), 2,000-bar Common Rail injection system, solenoid injectors and a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT).

It delivers 200 horsepower at 3500 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm.  It also features fuel-saving Engine Stop Start (ESS) technology.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine delivers 272 horsepower at 5250 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm and features ESS.  The new 2.0-litre petrol is available now.

The 4x4 system operates in four driving modes:

  • 2H (Two-Wheel Drive High Range)
  • 4H AUTO (Full-Time Active On-Demand High Drive)
  • 4H Part-Time (Part-Time Four-Wheel Drive High Range)
  • 4L (Full-time Four-Wheel Drive Low Range)

Jeep fans will notice a range of internal and external changes including from the round headlights to the seven-slot grille, trapezoidal wheel arches, folding windscreen and removable doors in the open-air configurations with hard top or soft top.

Various top combinations are offered including the Sky One-Touch powertop, new Zipperless Premium Sunrider soft top and Freedom Top, a removable, three-panel hard top.

The car is available with a five-year warranty, three year servicing programme, plus five years roadside assistance.

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