The Jeep Wrangler is a standout product for Jeep not only because of its off-road prowess but also because it’s the closest to the actual roots of the company. The simplicity of the original Jeeps might have way for new-age, tech-laden wizardry, but the character and slight old-world charm is still very much there on the Wrangler. So if you’re looking for something old-school but equally potent off the road, the Wrangler should be high up on your list. A new one is expected to arrive soon, which also means that the current version can soon be offered with discounts.
The aforementioned charm starts with the exterior of the vehicle. The keen spotter among you will appreciate how it retains certain design elements from the Jeeps of the past. The circular headlamp units, the seven-slat radiator grille they flank, the outward-bound fenders, or even the flat windscreen, there are a quite a few of those. But look beyond the usual and you’ll find that the Wrangler looks proportionate and butch, without trying too hard.
It’s not easy to get rid of the charm of this Jeep. It continues on the inside as well. The cabin might be fitted with a whole deal of new-age features, but never does it feel from something other than a Jeep. It has a fair bit of ergonomic quirks and parking the huge vehicle can be a bit of a pain especially without a reverse camera, but these things are soon forgotten. Because it’s not any other car that we’re talking about here but something unique both in the way it’s made and the way it actually is. The fact that you can turn it into an open-top Jeep and even use a water spray to clean the interior floor add to the whole rugged appeal.
There are currently two engine choices on the Jeep Wrangler in India. The more popular — and practical — one is the 2.8-litre diesel unit. It’s an inline-four diesel engine that makes 200 PS and 460 Nm. Unlike the new Jeep Wrangler that’s launched in the markets abroad, this one has to make do with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Of course, AWD is standard and comes with the on-the-shift 4WD mechanism. The petrol version shares all that but the 3.6-litre V6 engine makes more power 284 PS but less torque at 347 Nm.
The Jeep Wrangler is priced at Rs 58.74 lakh onwards for the petrol version and Rs 67.6 lakh onwards for the diesel. The Wrangler is a unique vehicle so finding a direct rival is quite difficult, but if you’re looking for an SUV that can handle most everyday tasks well, there are quite a lot of options, from established brands like Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, etc.
Characterful Handy off the road Charming
Heavy and unexciting on the road Quirky; interior not most ergonomic The new one is likely to be on its way.