New 2018 Jeep Wrangler: UK prices revealed

The all-new Jeep Wrangler goes on sale in the UK this weekend

The new fourth-generation Jeep  Wrangler goes on sale in the UK this weekend, and full prices and UK specifications have been revealed for the long-standing Land Rover Defender rival.

The range kicks off at £44,495 for the Sahara two-door 2.2-litre Multiget diesel, with 197bhp on tap and sending power to an all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

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While a petrol powered Wrangler will go on sale using a new 268bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, it won’t arrive until the end of the year. As such, the entire launch line-up is diesel. 

Higher spec Overland models kick off from £46,495, and use the same Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system used on the Sahara model. A tougher Rubicon model using the Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system is also offered, priced from £46,495. 

The Wrangler is also available as a four-door model, with a premium of £1,500 over the base price of the two-door cars. 

Over the years the Wrangler’s design has changed very little, with the new SUV sticking to its original 1987 roots. While the overall body may look dated, LED headlamps and fog lamps have been introduced, while aluminium has been used throughout the body to help reduce weight.

The Wrangler has historically been a known for its off-road ability and the new model looks to continue that trend. Along with the standard Command-Trac 4×4 system, it’s offered with a two-speed transfer case, a first for the Wrangler, and a low-range gear ratio. Five-link coil suspension and steel track bars should provide the Wrangler with off-road grip.

Top-spec Rubicon models are fitted with the most off-road tech; Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system with ‘heavy duty’ front and rear axles, an electronic sway bar and locking differentials come as standard. An optional limited slip differential can be fitted to the rear, providing extra grip in slippery conditions. The SUV can wade into water 30 inches deep and tow up to 1,588kg; for dedicated off-roaders 17-inch off-road tyres can be fitted.

Three engine options are available, starting with the new entry-level 266bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, which also features mild hybrid technology. Jeep calls it an eTorque system which helps boost performance and economy at the same time, by shutting down the engine when coasting or decelerating.  

Jeep has attempted to up the premium feel inside, while kitting the Wrangler out with its latest technology. Customers can opt for cloth or leather upholstery with vinyl-wrapped door trim panels. The standard analogue instrument cluster can also be specced with a larger seven-inch LED information display, too.

The Wrangler’s infotainment has also been upgraded with Jeep introducing its latest Uconnect system, accessed via seven-inch or 8.4-inch display. The system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Over 75 advanced safety and security features also feature, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, rear view camera and electronic stability control along with electronic roll mitigation.

Will you be buying the new Jeep Wrangler when it comes to the UK next year? Let us know in the comments…

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