Jeep India is hard at work in bringing the fourth gen Jeep Wrangler series. The car was also spied in Pune and Kolhapur in the last two months. The latest spy shots show both the Wrangler Rubicon and Sahara being tested by ARAI on NH4. ARAI is a government organization that specializes in testing the safety and efficiency of new vehicles.
The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon comes with a shorter wheelbase and is a 3-door variant. The Wrangler Sahara, on the other hand, has a longer wheelbase and is a 5-door variant. The design of both the new Wranglers is similar to the iconic Jeep Wrangler design. They feature round headlamps, popular seven-slat grille, door hinges, and foldable windscreen. It also features modern touches like the DRLs integrated into the front fenders.
Both the cars are built for off-road terrain. The Rubicon is the more hardcore of the two – named after the Rubicon trails in California which is one of the hardest off-road trails. Both feature a 4×4 system with limited slip differential. The ground clearance is also high at 277mm. The same ladder-frame chassis underpins both the cars.
Both the new cars are running on chunky alloys with off-road tires. The wheel arches are also higher for a better off-road experience. The company has enhanced the departure angles, electric front- and rear-axle locks, and approx. 30 inches of water fording capacity.
It is available in four engine options in the global market:
- 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol: 270 BHP/400 Nm
- 3.6-litre, V6 petrol: 285 BHP/353 Nm
- 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel: 197 BHP/450 Nm
- 3.0-litre, V6 diesel: 240 BHP/570 Nm of torque
All the engines are paired with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive and a 2-speed transfer case are offered as standard. Both the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and Sahara are expected to hit the roads by the end of 2019. They will also be priced somewhere in the Rs 60 lakh range.
FCA future plans in India for Jeep:
Jeep is working on the new seven-seater SUV which is likely to hit the Indian roads by 2020. The SUV is likely to be named as the as Grand Compass (or Compass Long). The new Jeep seven-seater SUV will be based on Compass’ platform but will be placed above the Compass SUV. Powering the Grand Compass is the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo petrol and the MultiJet diesel engines. Along with that, Jeep also has plans to refresh the Jeep compass for 2022