A brand new Wrangler solely comes round as soon as a decade, however with the re-introduction of the Ford Bronco, Jeep has additional incentive to maintain its JL-generation mannequin as present as attainable. Now that patrons have had the chance to digest the competitors, Jeep is discovering new methods to provide its iconic 4×4 an edge within the face of its first actual competitors in many years. For 2024, the Wrangler will get two new fashions (a less expensive 4xe and a more-expensive Rubicon), some new manufacturing facility tips and an inside improve that comes with a bigger, horizontal infotainment display.
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Let’s begin with the mechanical updates, that are few however vital. Most notably, the EcoDiesel V6 is toast. For 2024, customary Wrangler patrons can select from both the Pentastar V6, the two.0-liter turbocharged 4 or the 6.2-liter “392” Hemi V8. Solely the V6 could be mated to a six-speed guide now; the turbo-four and V8 can be found solely with an eight-speed computerized. Rubicon fashions now profit from a full-float Dana 44 rear axle design lifted from heavy-duty truck functions. This setup isolates the automobile’s weight from the rear finish, which means it carries solely the torsional a great deal of the axle itself. When geared up with the Xtreme 35 (now not “Xtreme Recon”) package deal, this axle additionally delivers a crawl ratio of 100:1.
Releasing up load on the rear finish allowed Jeep’s engineers to re-rate the Wrangler for five,000 kilos of towing on Rubicon fashions — up from a max of three,500 kilos for fashions with out the upgraded axle. This configuration additionally opens up extra choices for wheel and tire setups with out house owners having to resort to doubtlessly untrustworthy adapter kits. Rubicons may also be geared up with an 8,000-pound manufacturing facility Warn winch.
Topping off the Rubicon updates is a brand new trim: Rubicon X. It is a considerably apparent nod to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class: a refined, all-boxes-checked mannequin with customary 35-inch tires, metal bumpers and built-in off-road digicam. Beneath that, the Willys variant is getting a slight mission overhaul as effectively. It is now a bit extra of a Rubicon Jr., providing up extra floor clearance and excessive fender flares with a extra spartan gear checklist, together with a rear locker and 33-inch all-terrain tires.
The extraordinarily sizzling 4xe mannequin — America’s best-selling plug-in hybrid — stays out there, and in reality is now provided in Sport S guise, shaving 1000’s off the price of entry. A brand new “Energy Field” function (one other shot at Ford) presents a powered tailgating setup that runs off the 4xe’s plug-in hybrid battery. It presents 4 120-volt retailers with a complete output of three.6 kilowatts at 30 amps and could be configured for both indoor (battery solely) or indoor/out of doors operation. The previous will drive the Energy Field to close off when the battery is depleted, so it may be operated safely in an enclosed setting. In out of doors mode, the 4xe’s gasoline motor will routinely kick on to behave as a generator when battery capability is depleted.
Inside, Jeep scrapped the complete high half of the Wrangler’s outdated sprint to make room for a 12.3-inch widescreen infotainment setup operating the most recent model of Uconnect 5 with customary wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It additionally bakes in Jeep’s new Trails Offroad app that provides maps of the 62 trails included in Jeep’s “Badge of Honor” collection. This may be upgraded by way of subscription to unlock greater than 3,000 trails at the moment mapped.
Additional upgrades embody new customary side-curtain airbags (little question a response to Bronco’s aspect luggage) and a brand new “stealth” antenna built-in into the windshield; buh-bye, whip! Twelve-way energy adjustable seats are additionally now out there, as is a built-in accent mounting system on the Wrangler’s dashboard — one other merchandise little question impressed by the Bronco.