Jeep’s new Wrangler JL has been out in the US for months, but the Australian launch has been pushed back further and further. At this stage the first quarter of 2019 is when we’ll see it.
With solid axles front and rear and coil springs all around, the Wrangler JL is the only real ‘lifestyle’ off-roader on the market that isn’t compromised by utility or road-handling bias.
Jeep’s suggested retail pricing has finally been released for the JL Wrangler. Prices listed won’t include on-road costs, options or additions. Screenshots were unapologetically purloined from Robert Pepper’s excellent Facebook page.
There are six models covering the base model Sport S, Overland and Rubicon spec levels and in both two and four-door variants. Safety systems have been upgraded over the outgoing JK model, but rising safety expectations saw the JL Wrangler score badly in the Euro-NCAP testing due to a lack of autonomous safety technology.
There is no manual option; all models share the eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Sport S and Overland models feature the standard 4X4 system and traction control. The Rubicon gets Jeep’s special Rock-Track system and heavy-duty locking diffs.
The majority of models will have the 3.6L Pentastar V6 petrol engine which produces 209kW of power and 347Nm of torque.
Only the Rubicon will be offered with an oil burner, in this case an EU6 emissions compliant 2.2L turbo four-cylinder producing 147kW and around 450Nm of torque.
The paint range has also been released.
The interior is pure Jeep; the Sport S advertised as having a wash-out interior while the Overland gains McKinley leather trimmed seats. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range.
Is the Wrangler JL a winner?