Jeep Wrangler

November 14, 2013
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Jeep Wrangler is a compact four-wheel drive off-road and sport utility vehicle (SUV), manufactured by American automaker Chrysler, under its Jeep marque ‚Äď and currently in its third generation.

Jeep Wrangler
2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (JKU)
Overview
Manufacturer American Motors (AMC) (1986-1987)Chrysler Corporation (1987‚Äď1998)DaimlerChrysler (1998‚Äď2007)Chrysler LLC (2007‚Äď2009)Chrysler Group LLC (2009‚Äď)Arab American Vehicles (1987-)Pars Khodro (1989‚Äď2006)
Also called Jeep YJ, Jeep TJ, Jeep JK, Jeep J8 (Military version) Jeep Sahara and Jeep Willys (Iceland)
Production 1986-present
Body and chassis
Class compact SUV, convertible
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Related AIL Storm
Chronology
Predecessor Jeep CJ

The Jeep Wrangler is a direct descendant of the World War II Willys MB by way of the Willys civilian Jeeps (Jeep CJ) of the mid-1940s through 1980s, later produced by Kaiser-Jeep and by American Motors (AMC).

Just like their predecessors, the Willys MB and the Jeep CJ, Wranglers continue to use a separate body and frame, rigid live axles both front and rear, a fold-flat windshield, and can be driven without doors. The¬†Jeep Wrangler debuted in 1986 as a revision of the Jeep CJ-7, was revised in 1996, and completely redesigned in 2006. In addition to the nameplate Wrangler, each model received a designation corresponding to its generation: YJ (1986‚Äď1995), TJ (1997‚Äď2006), LJ’s (2003‚Äď2006 Unlimited models) and JK (2007‚Äďpresent). Military versions of the Wrangler have carried the J8 designation.

YJ models were manufactured between 1986 and 1992 at Brampton Assembly, and subsequently at the Toledo South Assembly plant. In 2006, Wrangler production was moved to Toledo Complex. The Wranglers were set apart from their predecessors by the angle of the grille. In all previous models, the grille was flat and even with the front fenders. The Jeep Wrangler was constructed with a grille which angled out toward the top, and then continued in a straight line from the midway point, toward the bottom. This decreased the hood length, while increasing the length of the fenders. In more recent models, this angle has been lowered more toward the bottom of the grille.

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YJ (1987‚Äď1995)

YJ
1992 Jeep YJ
Overview
Also called Beijing-Jeep BJ 2024Jeep Sahra (Iran)
Production 1986-1995 (Canada; USA)1989‚Äď2001 (Iran)
Assembly Toledo, Ohio, United StatesBrampton, Ontario, Canada (Brampton Assembly)Beijing, China (Beijing Benz)Tehran, Iran (Pars Khodro)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door convertible2-door SUV
Related AIL Storm I
Powertrain
Engine 2.5 L AMC 150 I4

4.0 L AMC 242 I6

4.2 L AMC 258 I6

Transmission 3-speed TorqueFlite TF904 automatic3-speed TorqueFlite TF999 automatic5-speed Aisin AX-5 manual5-speed Aisin AX-15 manual5-speed Peugeot BA-10/5 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 93.4 in (2,370 mm)
Length 1987-89: 152.6 in (3,880 mm)1990-92: 153 in (3,900 mm)1993-95: 151.9 in (3,860 mm)
Width 66 in (170 cm)
Height 1993-95: 71.9¬†in (1,830¬†mm)1987‚Äď1992 soft-top: 72¬†in (1,800¬†mm)1987‚Äď1992 hardtop: 69.6¬†in (1,770¬†mm)
Curb¬†weight 2,855‚Äď3,241 lb (1,295-1,470 kg)

The Jeep YJ, sold as the Jeep Wrangler, replaced the much-loved but slower-selling Jeep CJ in 1986 and was built in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, until the plant closed on April 23, 1992. Production was then moved to Toledo, Ohio, using the same plant that produced the Willys Jeeps during World War 2. American Motors Corporation (AMC) had designed the new Jeep to be more comfortable on-road in an attempt to attract more daily drivers. It was a new design with a wider track, slightly less ground clearance, and more comfort. The YJ still had leaf spring suspension similar to that of the CJ Рhowever the springs were wider, and the YJs sported trackbars and swaybars for improved handling. Despite the new grille, the body is very similar to that of the CJ7, and it is interchangeable with some minor modifications. The YJ also was given a larger windshield over the CJ. The YJs are easily identifiable due to the rectangular headlights, disliked by some Jeep aficionados, and the fact that the wiper blades rest on the windshield giving this version a distinctive look. The blades rested on the windshield due to the now wider arc of the blades to clean the larger windshield. These two changes were later removed when the TJ changes came about in 1996. 632,231 YJs were built through model year 1995, although YJs were still produced into mid-1996, bringing the total production number to 685,071 units.

The YJ used a 2.5 L AMC 150 I4 or optional 4.2 L AMC 258 I6 until 1991. That year, a fuel-injected 180 hp (134 kW) 4.0 L AMC 242 variant replaced the 112 hp (84 kW) 4.2 L 258 CID straight-6. The NP207 transfer case was used only for 1987 and replaced by the NP231.

The roll cage was extended in 1992 to allow for rear shoulder belts, and anti-lock brakes were added as an option the next year. An automatic transmission option for 4-cylinder Wranglers came in 1994, along with a center high-mounted brake light.

In 1994, the slave cylinder on manual transmissions was moved outside of the transmission’s bellhousing to allow for easier replacement, and in 1995 the¬†Dana 30¬†larger U-joints were used [front axle U-joints (297x) and rear pinion U-joint (1330)]. For the 1992 model year, the YJ switched over to an electronic speedometer, outmoding the cable speedos on older YJs. 1995 was the only model year to have a fully galvanized frame and body.

There were no 1996 model year Jeep Wranglers. YJs produced in early 1996 were sold as 1995 model years, but featured a few new parts not seen on any earlier YJ. This included the new TJ bumpstops on the hood (rubber boots vs the traditional U-bars), reinforced tailgate hinges, and some even had rear TJ bumpers. Some also got the newly tuned I6 that was designed to run quieter in preparation for the TJ.

Top options for YJ were the same as those offered on TJ. A Soft top with “half doors”, featuring soft plastic zipper windows came standard (windows could be removed completely from these doors). Full-frame doors with conventional glass windows were optional on soft-top models. Hard tops with rear wiper and defroster were optional, but came standard with full-framed doors. The YJ featured large mirrors with manually adjustable arms on half-door models, while full-framed doors received smaller adjustable mirrors with fixed arms (which were mounted further away from the door corner, compared to the larger-style mirrors). Depending on year and interior color, Jeeps could be had with the top colors in black, white, tan and gray. Roll-bar padding normally matched top color, with the exception of white tops.

Powertrain

Engine Year Transmission
2.5 L AMC straight-4 engine 1994-1995 3-speed TF904 automatic
1987-1995 5-speed AX-5 manual
4.2 L AMC straight-6 engine 1987-1990 3-speed TF999 automatic
1987-1989 5-speed BA-10 manual
1989-1990 5-speed AX-15 manual
4.0 L AMC straight-6 engine 1991-1995 3-speed TF999 automatic
1991-1995 5-speed AX-15 manual

YJ Wrangler Islander

From 1988 until 1993, Jeep produced an options package known as the “Islander”. Several colors were offered, such as Bright Red, Pacfic Blue, Sunset Yellow, Teal, and White, and both engines were offered. Features of the package are as follows:

  • Body-color wheel flares and side steps
  • Sunset graphics on lower body and hood
  • Islander logo on front fenders and spare tire cover
  • 20 gallon fuel tank
  • Gray interior and highback seats
  • Optional 5-spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Floor carpeting
  • Center console with cupholders
  • Full or half doors

YJ Wrangler Renegade

1991 Jeep Renegade

1991 Jeep Renegade

From 1991 until 1994, Jeep produced an options package on the YJ Wrangler listed as the “Renegade Decor Group”. Initially, all Renegades were White, Black or Red. In 1992, Blue was added, in 1993, Bronze. The Renegade Decor Group was a $4,266.00 option over a base Wrangler in 1991 and included special alloy wheels, exclusive body flares, along with many other features.

Contents of the Renegade Decor Package

  • 4.0 Liter (242¬†CID) I-6 Engine
  • 30×9.5R15 LT OWL Wrangler A/T Tires
  • Exclusive 5-hole aluminum wheels, 8¬†inches wide
  • Full size spare tire
  • Highback seats with Trailcloth Fabric
  • Off-Road Gas Shocks
  • Power steering
  • Fog lamps (integrated into the front fenders)
  • Leather-wrapped¬†steering wheel
  • Renegade striping (door letters)
  • Floor carpeting (full width, and on insides of body tub)
  • Floor mats, front
  • Extra capacity fuel tank (20 US¬†gal.)
  • Color keyed fender flares with integrated bodyside steps
  • Front and rear bumperettes (plastic)
  • Center console¬†with¬†cup holders
  • Courtesy and engine compartment lights
  • Interval wipers
  • Glove box lock

A hardtop was a $923.00 option and came with a mandatory rear window defroster at a $164.00 premium. Although soft-top models came standard with “half doors”, full framed doors with glass windows were an option. Renegades typically had the tilt steering wheel ($130.00) and an AM/FM/cassette stereo radio ($264.00). A column shift automatic was also an available option, but it was not popular. While a base Wrangler with the inline-6 went for $12,356.00, the Renegade package pushed that price up to $18,588.00 in 1991.

These vehicles were sent as optioned Wranglers to American Specialty Cars (ASC) in the¬†Detroit¬†area, where the Renegade Decor Package was installed, then shipped back to Jeep for delivery to dealers. Renegades all have a small sticker on the driver’s side door, right above the latch denoting the visit to ASC.

At the price premium over a standard Wrangler, sales were fairly limited, so finding one today is a semi-rare occurrence. The price, plus what hardcore Jeepers felt were “funny looking plastic fenders” limited the sales. Although having nearly identical off-road capabilities, these Jeeps were typically used as “beach cruisers” due to their premium price and rarity, as well as because their oversized flares and body cladding were not necessarily designed for the abuse that tree branches and over-sized tires can often cause.

Trim levels

North American YJ/Wranglers were available in the following standard trims.

  • Base: also referred to as “S” & “SE” at different points in the model run; first few years the back seat and rear bumperettes were optional, some years the 6cyl engine was an option, other years only the 4cyl was available in the “Base” model.
  • Laredo: Chrome grille, bumpers, and trim, hard top and hard full doors, tinted windows, faux leather interior, body color fender flares and alloy wheels)
  • Islander: See¬†Islander
  • Sport: which featured “sport” graphics and, beginning in 1991, a 4.0¬†L 242¬†CID inline-6-cylinder engine
  • Sahara: which came standard with most available options, including body color fender flares and alloy wheels, also included with the Sahara edition are special green trail-cloth seats with storage pockets, interior door panels with pockets, front bumper mounted fog lamps, and plastic ends on the front bumper)
  • Renegade: See¬†Renegade
  • Rio Grande: Available in champagne gold, moss green, white, along with the rare colors aqua pearl metallic, and Bright Mango; with a Pueblo themed interior trim package. This trim was only available in 1995, and was added to spice up the base 4-cylinder Wrangler ‘S’ models

 

TJ (1997‚Äď2006)

TJ
TJ Jeep Wrangler X
Overview
Also called Dodge Wrangler TJ (Philippines)Jeep TJL (Egypt)Beijing-Jeep BJ 2023BAW Jeep Zhangqi 2023Jeep Sahra (Iran)
Production 1996‚Äď2006
Assembly Toledo, Ohio, United StatesCairo, Egypt (AAV)Beijing, China (Beijing Benz)Manila, Philippines
Designer Michael Santoro (1993)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door convertible2-door SUV
Related AIL Storm II
Powertrain
Engine 2.4 L PowerTech I4

2.5 L PowerTech I4

4.0 L PowerTech I6

Transmission 3-speed TorqueFlite 30RH automatic3-speed TorqueFlite 32RH automatic4-speed Ultradrive 42RLE automatic5-speed Aisin AX-5 manual5-speed Aisin AX-15 manual5-speed New Venture Gear NV3550 manual5-speed New Venture Gear NV1500 manual6-speed Chrysler NSG370 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 93.4 in (2,370 mm) standard103.4 in (2,630 mm) LWB
Length 1997-99: 151.2 in (3,840 mm)2000-03: 155.4 in (3,950 mm)2004-06 SWB: 154.9 in (3,930 mm)2004-06 LWB: 171 in (4,340 mm)
Width 1997‚Äď2003, 2004-06 LWB: 68.3¬†in (1,730¬†mm)2004-06 SWB: 66.7¬†in (1,690¬†mm)
Height 1997-99: 70.2 in (1,780 mm)2000-01: 71.1 in (1,810 mm)2002-03 & 2004-06 LWB: 70.9 in (1,800 mm)2004-06 SWB: 71.2 in (1,810 mm)
Curb weight 3,092-3,857 lb (1,403-1,750 kg)

The YJ gave way to the TJ for the 1997 model year (note that there was no 1996 model year; the 1997 TJ was released in Spring 1996). This updated Wrangler featured a coil-spring suspension (based on that of the¬†Jeep Grand Cherokee) for better ride and handling, and a return to the classic CJ’s round headlamps. The engine is the same 4.0¬†L¬†AMC 242 Straight-6¬†used in the¬†Cherokee¬†and¬†Grand Cherokee. A 2.5¬†L¬†AMC 150 Inline-4¬†motor was available on entry-level models until 2003 when the 2.4¬†L¬†DOHC¬†4-cylinder engine previously used on the Chrysler PT Cruiser replaced it.

A modified 98 TJ offroading in Alaska

A modified 98 TJ offroading in Alaska

A right hand drive version of the TJ was available for export markets, and was also offered for sale to US rural route postal carriers. The version offered to US postal carriers was only available with an automatic transmission.

In 1999, the fuel tank became standard at 19 U.S. gallons (72 L; 16 imp gal) capacity. There were some changes that occurred between the 2002 and 2003 years that made some parts difficult to directly swap back and forth, but also made it easy to identify certain years. From 1997 to 2002, the side door mirrors were black metal framed mirrors; and from 2003 to 2006 they were plastic molded mirrors. The fit of hard and soft tops is slightly different, and the fabric and colors available changed from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, the 3-speed automatic transmission was replaced with a 4-speed automatic with overdrive. It has the standard option of turning off overdrive with a dash switch if desired. The radio bezels went from a rectangle in 2002 to a rounded-edged rectangle in 2003, so swapping these also required the console to either be swapped out or modified. The sound bar inside was changed to sound pods. The interior seats also changed design from 2002 to 2003, going from a rounder model to one with a distinct separation between back and headrest areas.

The standard skid plate was also revised for 2003 to make room for the Rubicon’s bigger NV241OR transfer case. The change from the 30/32RH to the 42RLE also gained an additional skid plate.

This version of the Wrangler is also notable for being the last production vehicle to use AMC-related parts. The AMC Straight-4 engine was retired after the 2002 model year, and both the AMC Straight-6 engine and the door handles (the latter of which first appeared on AMC vehicles in the late 1960s) were retired along with this generation in 2006. Like the YJ Wrangler, the TJ Wrangler used both the AMC passenger car door handles as well as the larger door handles off the AMC-built Jeep CJ for higher-end models.

Trim levels

Jeep TJ Wrangler Unlimited soft-top

Jeep TJ Wrangler Unlimited soft-top

 

 

 

 

 

 

North American TJ/Wranglers were available in the following standard trims.

  • SE: 1997-2006 came standard with the 2.5 L from 1997-2002, and the 2.4 L from 2003-2006. The 4.0 L optional for 2005-2006.
  • X: 2002-2006 came standard with 4.0 L but with no¬†Dana 44¬†rear axle option.
  • Sport: 1997-2006 came standard with 4.0 L and the¬†Dana 35¬†rear axle. The¬†Dana 44¬†rear axle, 3.73 axle ratio, and 30″ wheel and tire group are optional. The Dana 44 could also be upgraded with a Trac-Lok limited slip differential case.
  • Sahara: 1997-2004 came standard with 4.0 L, wider body colored fender flares, body colored rocker sills, optional 30″ wheel and tire group and full steel doors. The Sahara also features exclusive decals, seats and trim. The Dana 44 rear axle and 3.73 axle ratio were optional.
  • 60th Anniversary Edition: 2001 came standard with all the features of a Sahara except for the seats, decals and trim. It also came with the fog lamp and tow hook group, CD player with five-speaker sound system, air conditioning and unique 60th Anniversary Edition decals and floor mats. The only two options were speed control and dual tops. Only two colors were available, black or silverstone metallic. Only 4,067 were produced; 1,862 in black, 2,205 in silverstone.
  • 65th Anniversary Edition: 2006 came standard with all the options of a Sahara but without the rocker sills, seats, decals and trim. It also came with fog lamps, CD player with 7 speaker sound system and¬†Sirius Satellite Radio, SunRider soft top, 30″ wheels with 15″ Alcoa aluminum rims, high pressure gas charged shocks, Dana 44 rear axle and exclusive 65th Anniversary Edition seats, trim, floor mats and decals.The available colors were light khaki, dark khaki, bright silver, black and Jeep Green.¬†Only about 1600 were made.
  • Apex Edition: 2002-2003 came standard with the 4.0 L, CD player with 7 speaker sound system, and exclusive hood decal and seats. It only came in three colors silver, blue, or black.
  • Columbia¬†Edition: 2004 came standard with the 4.0 L, fog lamps, and graphite fender flares, 15-inch graphite painted aluminum wheels, two-tone seats with Columbia logo, unique trim and Columbia decals. It only came in four colors black, bright silver, flame red, solar yellow or partiot blue. Each of the unique jeeps came with a Columbia Bugaboo parka.
  • Freedom Edition: 2003 came standard with the 4.0 L, full metal doors, fog lamp and tow hook group, body colored fender flares, exclusive decals, chrome rims air conditioning, anti-theft system, and fold and tumble rear seat. It only came in four colors red, silver, blue or black with either vinyl or cloth slate gray seats.
  • Golden Eagle: 2006 came standard with the 4.0 L, 30″ Wheel and tire group, Dana 44 rear axle, exclusive hood,interior trim, seats, fender and spare tire decals.
  • Rocky Mountain Edition: 2003-2005 came standard with the 4.0 L, Dana 44 rear axle, 30″ Wheel and tire group, fog lamp and tow hook group, exclusive decals, fender flares, seats and interior trim and¬†Diamond plate¬†rocker guards. It only came in five colors black, silver, red, yellow and blue.
  • Sahara Edition Unlimited Rubicon: 2005,¬†Paramount¬†released the movie¬†Sahara¬†which featured a Jeep Wrangler. As a way to build on the success of the movie, Jeep released a limited production ‚ÄúSahara Edition‚ÄĚ Unlimited Rubicon.¬†Only 1000 were produced and each one is numbered. All of them are visually identical, but some were offered in a manual and others an automatic. They are all Light Khaki Unlimiteds. Trim differences over the standard Rubicon include chrome grille, color matched flares, khaki hard top or soft top, as well as optional dual khaki tops, Graphite Moab wheels, a Sahara spare tire cover, upgraded two-tone premium seats, Sahara decals, taillight guards, and a numbered dash badge.

    Stock Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

    Stock Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

  • Rubicon Tomb Raider Edition: 2003 was a limited run of 1,001 (perhaps as many as 1,050) Wrangler Rubicon “Tomb Raider” models produced promote the¬†Tomb Raider¬†sequel,¬†Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Along with the standard Rubicon fare, it also included exterior features such as 16-inch Alcoa forged aluminum wheels,¬†Tomb Raider¬†badging, and¬†Mopar¬†accessories including a light bar, riveted fender flares, tubular grille guard, diamond-plated bumper guard, etc. Interior features included Dark Slate fabric seats with red accent stitching down the center, silver surround instrument panel bezel, red seat belts, and a¬†Tomb Raider¬†badge with serial number. To match the vehicle in the film, it was offered in Bright Silver.¬†Due to its classic styling, combined with numerous unique accessories, the 2003 “Tomb Raider” Limited Edition Wrangler Rubicon has become one of the most highly collectible jeeps of all-time.
  • Willys Edition: 2004-2005 came standard with the 4.0 L, fog lamp and tow hook group, exclusive “WILLYS” decals, CD player with 7 speaker sound system, body-color fender flares, green diamond plate rocker guards, camouflage seats, dark green soft top and full-size spare tire with matching wheel. It was only available in moss green.¬†Only about 1000 were produced in 2004.¬†A variation of the edition known as the 35X package, included everything except the military logos and optional moss green fog light covers and tail light guards.
  • Rubicon: The Wrangler Rubicon (named for the famed¬†Rubicon Trail¬†in the Sierra Nevada Mountains) was introduced in 2003. It featured front and rear¬†Dana 44¬†axles with the¬†Rock-Trac¬†four-wheel drive system, diamond plate rocker panels, 16-inch alloy wheels, and¬†Goodyear¬†MTR P245/75-R16 tires. 2003 to 2004 featured a standard NV3550 five-speed¬†manual transmission, which changed in 2005 to the NSG370, a¬†Mercedes-sourced six-speed. The optional 42RLE four-speed¬†automatic transmission¬†was available from 2003 to 2006

 

TJ Wrangler Unlimited

In 2004 1/2, Jeep introduced the Wrangler Unlimited (unofficially dubbed “LJ”) with a 10-inch (250¬†mm) longer wheelbase (LWB), a¬†Dana 44¬†rear axle with a 3.73 gear ratio and the Command-Trac 231 transfer case. In 2005, Jeep released the Rubicon Unlimited, which has the wheelbase of the Unlimited and the off-road features of the Rubicon such as front and rear Dana 44 axles with the¬†Rock-Trac¬†four-wheel-drive system, diamond plate rocker guards, 245/75R16 Goodyear MT/R tires, a six-speed manual transmission and other comfort and convenience options not offered on other Wranglers. This model of the Jeep Wrangler has nearly double the towing capacity than its shorter wheelbase sibling, due to the increased wheelbase size.

Powertrain

Engine Year Transmission
2.5 L AMC Straight-4 engine 1997-2002 3-speed 30RH automatic
5-speed AX-5 manual
2.4 L PowerTech 2003-2006 4-speed 42RLE automatic
2003-2004 5-speed NV1500 manual
2005-2006 6-speed NSG370 manual
4.0 L AMC Straight-6 engine 1997-2002 3-speed 32RH automatic
2003-2006 4-speed 42RLE automatic
1997-1999 5-speed AX-15 manual
2000-2004 5-speed NV3550 manual
2005-2006 6-speed NSG370 manual

JK (2007‚Äďpresent)

JK
Jeep Rubicon Red
Overview
Also called Jeep J8 (Egypt)
Jeep TJL-J8 (Egypt)
Production 2007‚Äďpresent
Assembly Toledo, Ohio, United StatesCairo, Egypt (AAV)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door convertible2-door SUV4-door convertible4-door SUV
Related AIL Storm IIIJeep J8AEV Brute
Powertrain
Engine 2.8L VM Motori RA 428 Diesel I4

3.6L Pentastar V6

3.8 L EGH V6

Transmission 4-speed Ultradrive 42RLE automatic5-speed Mercedes-Benz W5A580 automatic5-speed Chrysler 545RFE automatic6-speed Chrysler NSG370 manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2-door: 95.4 in (2,420 mm)4-door: 116 in (2,950 mm)
Length 2-door: 152.8 in (3,880 mm)4-door: 173.4 in (4,400 mm)
Width 2-door: 73.7 in (1,870 mm)4-door: 73.9 in (1,880 mm)
Height 70.9 in (1,800 mm)2-Door Rubicon: 72.3 in (1,840 mm)
Curb weight 3,760-4,340 lb (1,706-1,969 kg)

The 2007 model year brought a complete redesign of the Jeep Wrangler, and for the first time also a four-door model. The TJ chassis was replaced by an all new JK platform. This next-generation Wrangler was noticeably wider than the previous model, with a 3.4-inch (86¬†mm) wider track; and though the two-door model has a 2-inch (51¬†mm) longer wheelbase, it is actually 2.5 inches (64¬†mm) shorter in overall length than the TJ, allowing for a 44.3-degree approach angle and a 40.4-degree departure angle.¬†With a larger factory available tire size of 32¬†inches, the breakover angle on the Rubicon is increased from 22.6¬į to 25.4¬į.
The four-door Unlimited model has an over 20-inch (510 mm) longer wheelbase at 116 in (2,950 mm) to offer much improved rear seating room, but is nevertheless only 2.4-inch (61 mm) longer than the 2006 TJ Unlimited.

The Wrangler JK was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show with past Chrysler group CEO Tom LaSorda driving one up some steps and through a plate glass window, just as Robert Lutz had done at the show in 1992 with the Grand Cherokee. The JK was first available for purchase with the 2007 model year.

The JK Wrangler has been offered from the start in two models:

  • A short-wheelbase 2-door, in X, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels.
  • A long-wheelbase¬†Unlimited¬†4-door, also in X, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels.

The Wrangler X is available with factory installed right-hand drive, targeted at U.S. Mail carriers. Rural mail boxes in the United States are serviced with the carrier behind the wheel. This may also be useful for carriers who wish to get out of their vehicle without the risk of getting hit by traffic. For the 2007 and 2008 model years, the right-hand drive Jeep was the short-wheelbase Wrangler. For the 2009 model year, the right-hand drive Wrangler will be replaced by the right-hand drive Wrangler Unlimited.

Stability control is a new safety feature for the JK Wrangler. All versions offer off-road tuned Anti-lock braking system and traction control system with electronic limited slip differential. Standard on the Rubicon trim is a new electronic sway bar disconnect system.

The JK runs almost all vehicle functions, other than steering, under computer software control. Engine, transmission, and to some extent braking are computer controlled, as are lights and auxiliary systems. This is a first for the Wrangler. As of mid-2007, there have been three safety recalls for software fixes.

A Sunrider convertible soft top is standard equipment. Also available on the JK model is an optional 3-piece modular hardtop. Although the doors can still be removed in traditional Wrangler fashion, power windows and remote power door locks will be offered for the first time in a Wrangler. Another first is an available navigation system. This is the first generation of the Jeep Wrangler to have a change in the tail lamps.

Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon hardtop

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon hardtop

The Rubicon package is the dedicated “Offroad” package. Standard components of the Rubicon package include front and rear generation II¬†Dana 44¬†axles,¬†Rock-Trac¬†four-wheel drive, rock rails, 32-spline rear axle with an 8.8-inch ring gear, 4.10 axle gearing, “Yes Essentials” seats (2008), 7-speaker infinity sound system, removable doors, a fold-down windshield, and any other available option can be added.






JK Wrangler Unlimited

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

The JK series 2007 Wrangler Unlimited was unveiled at the¬†New York Auto Show¬†on April 12, 2006. It is stretched even more than the TJ model, and featured four doors. This change made it the last-remaining 2-door SUV in¬†North Americato gain a four-door option and made it the only four door convertible in production.¬†A full 20.6¬†inches (523¬†mm) was added to the JK Wrangler’s 95.4-inch (2423¬†mm) wheelbase. It is priced near $21,000.

Unlimited has the same engine and transmission choices as a short-wheelbase JK. X and Sahara trims offer an option of 4×2 rear-wheel drive in the U.S.A. Optional 4×2 was discontinued after the 2010 model year for the Unlimited. 4-wheel drive became standard for the 2011 model year. It is the only four-door convertible available in the U.S., since the Hummer H1 with optional rag-top is no longer sold.

The Unlimited offers more options and equipment than any previous Wrangler model, including standard electronic stability program and optional seat-mounted side airbags, remote keyless entry, navigation system, and Sirius Satellite Radio.  The navigation and satellite systems are a part of the MyGig Entertainment system that also has a hard drive allowing for the storage of MP3 music files and pictures.

J8 (2007-)

On September 13, 2007, at the Defence Systems and Equipment International trade show, Chrysler LLC unveiled a Wrangler Unlimited version designed for military use dubbed the J8. The unarmored Jeep J8 is equipped with larger brakes, axles and suspension components than the civilian version and has a payload capacity of 1,339 kg (2,952 lb). The J8 also differs from the civilian model by utilizing heavy-duty rear leaf springs for carrying heavier payloads. The Jeep J8 is powered by a VM 2.8-liter (169 CID) four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 118 kW (158 hp) and 400 N·m (295 lbf·ft) of torque, providing towing capability of up to 3,500 kg (7,700 lb). The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The J8 also features a unique air-intake system with special filtration and a hood-mounted snorkel that enables the J8 to wade in water up to 762 mm (30 in) deep and tackle sandstorm conditions for up to five hours. Available as a two-door with an extended pickup bed for personnel or equipment transport, or a four-door multipurpose vehicle, it may be produced with numerous vehicle-body and seating configurations in either right-hand- or left-hand-drive. Targeted for use by the militaries in overseas markets, the J8 is not available in the United States because it will not meet U.S. emissions requirements. The J8 will be produced in Egypt.

JK trim levels

The Standard Wranglers are available in six trim packages (including 2 special editions). The Unlimited Wranglers are available in four trim packages (including 1 special edition). Most packages can be ordered with either hard or soft top, full or half doors(“sport” and “rubicon” only).

The “Sport Base” model is available in 2-door versions. It is the “bare bones” Wrangler that can be customized to a buyer’s specifications by adding such options as air conditioning and other accessories. It was originally called the “Wrangler X” until 2009.

The X-S model features 32-inch tires (on 18-inch rims), fog lights, cruise control, driver‚Äôs seat height adjuster, removable doors, and a fold-down windshield. It can be customized to a buyers specifications adding such options as air conditioning, power windows and locks, soft or hard top, rear LSD or locker, electronic sway bar disconnect, and other accessories. It was renamed “Sport” in 2009.

The Sahara model is the “luxury” model offering accessories such as body colored fenders, “Yes Essentials” seats (in late 2007‚Äď2008), power windows and locks and a 7 speaker infinity sound system with subwoofer, among others.

2009 model year update

2007‚Äď2009 Jeep Wrangler X 2-door soft-top

2007‚Äď2009 Jeep Wrangler X 2-door soft-top

The 2009 model added standard Hill Start Assist (HSA) to prevent rollback on graded surfaces. Trailer Sway Control (TSC) also is available to monitor vehicle movement relative to the intended path and activates the Electronic Stability Program(ESP) if the trailer begins to sway outside set parameters. Additionally, ULEV II emissions replace LEV II emissions on manual transmission equipped vehicles.

Rocky Mountain Edition

The Rocky Mountain Edition is a special edition of the “X” model that was made for 2009 with 32-inch tires (on 18-inch rims), black tubular sidestep, a 6-disc in-dash changer and visual enhancements such as body colored fenders. It was only available in Canada.

2010 facelift

2010 Jeep Wrangler Mopar accessories modifications

2010 Jeep Wrangler Mopar accessories modifications

The 2011 model added a new easier-to-fold/open soft top, standard UConnect on models equipped with the MyGig radio, and new sun visors that offer more coverage than the old models, as well as integrated vanity mirrors.

Islander Edition

The Islander Edition is a special edition of the “Sport Base” model made in 2010 with 32-inch tires, Islander edition seats, rubber slush mats, black tubular sidestep and visual enhancements such as a blue accented leather steering wheel.

Mountain Edition

2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Mountain

2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Mountain

The Mountain Edition is a special edition of the “Sport Base” model made for 2010 with 32-inch tires (on 17-inch rims), black tubular sidestep, black tail light protectors and special edition seats, as well as visual enhancements like black grid and hood decals, a black fuel filler door and graphite dash enhancements. This edition was also available in 4 doors, based on the more equipped “Sport” trim instead of the “Sport Base” trim.

2011 model year update

The 2011 model added a new steering wheel, as well as a completely redesigned interior with higher quality materials, larger rear windows to increase rear visibility, and a new USB interface with Bluetooth audio streaming. For the first time ever, automatic temperature controls were also added to the Wrangler as an option. The redesign was intended to provide a more refined interior as well as directly addressing interior comfort in noise and temperature.

70th Anniversary Edition (MY2011)

2010 Jeep Wrangler Islander 4x4 2-door hard-top

2010 Jeep Wrangler Islander 4×4 2-door hard-top

The 70th Anniversary Edition is a special package based on the Sahara model to commemorate the 70th model year of the Wrangler. This package is available for the 2011 model year on both Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models. Features include: Black/Dark Olive (or Black) leather seats with perforated leather inserts and Chestnut accent stitching and piping, Leather steering wheel with Chestnut accents, Berber floor mats with Chestnut binding, Mopar brushed aluminum sill plates, Door armrest and center console in Dark Olive (or Black) with Chestnut accent, Unique 18-inch polished wheels, Automatic shift knob with satin chrome cap and bezel, Satin chrome HVAC rings, front doorpulls and grab handle, 70th Anniversary logo on radio screen, Unique cluster overlay and needles, and 70th Anniversary badges throughout.

2012 model year update

Jeep Wrangler 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, Jeep Wrangler Arctic (2011-)

Graphic showing the various suppliers used for the 2011 Wrangler.

Graphic showing the various suppliers used for the 2011 Wrangler.

The 2012 model, as confirmed by Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne during the 2010 third-quarter sales announcement, received a version of Chrysler’s newest V-6 engine known as¬†Pentastar.¬†The version used in the 2012 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited produces 285 horsepower and 260¬†lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the 2-door model is rated at 17 mpg City / 21 mpg Highway.¬†2012 models also dropped the¬†Dana 35¬†rear axle, thus making the¬†Dana 44¬†rear axle standard equipment.

Jeep Wrangler Arctic is based on Jeep Wrangler Sahara, with Arctic badge, decal recall the Yeti, unique black 17-inch wheels, original Mopar accessories, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 petrol engine with the automatic five-speed transaxle or 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

The vehicles were unveiled in 64th International Frankfurt Motor Show.

European models of Jeep Wrangler were introduced in Jeep dealerships starting November 2011. Early models include Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels of Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Arctic model were introduced in Jeep dealerships in the first quarter of 2012 (for Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited).

Call of Duty: MW3 Special Edition (2011-)

It is a version of 2012 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon inspired by Activision’s Call of Duty video games, with Rubicon wheels finished in semi-gloss black, Black or Bright Silver body colour, ‚ÄúCall of Duty: MW3 Special Edition‚ÄĚ graphics on the front fenders and spare tire cover, a unique ‚Äúpower-dome‚ÄĚ hood; a winch-ready front bumper, rear bumper, rock rails, taillamp guards and a fuel-filler door from Mopar accessories; 32-inch off-road tires, live axles with locking differentials in the front and rear, a two-speed transfer case, model-specific black seats with accent stitching and Call of Duty logos, unique gauge cluster graphics, dashboard serialized plaque, dashboard grab handle with logo, accent stitching on arm rest and console lid and steering wheel, Mopar Slush Mats with logo, rear cargo mat with logo (Unlimited only).

Available dealer-installed Mopar performance parts include a Warn winch, 2-inch lift kit and classic five-spoke wheels.

The vehicles arrived at Jeep showrooms in November 2011.

Equipment

Mopar produced over 250 accessories for 2012 Jeep Wrangler.

2015 model year update

2015 Wrangler, Moab edition

2015 Jeep Wrangler at the Geneva Motor Show

2015 Jeep Wrangler at the Geneva Motor Show

Changes to Wrangler include new front and rear seats re-contoured and with larger bolsters, a new release handle for the rear seat fold-down function (Wrangler Unlimited), interior courtesy lighting under the instrument panel as well as the cup holder areas for front and rear passengers, an auto-dimming electro chromatic mirror is standard on all models with LED map lights for front passengers, a new Alpine premium speaker system is available for standard and navigation-equipped audio systems, an optional premium Tire Pressure Monitor with direct read-outs for each individual tire, a revised soft top that is easier to raise and lower (Unlimited models), addition of a 3-layer premium soft top using an easier to clean upscale material, new wheel designs (Wrangler Rubicon and Sahara), Rubicon models include 17-inch 10-hole alloy wheel with polished accents and a mid-gloss gray painted inner face with 255/75R17 BFG Mud Terrain tires; Sahara models includes an 18-inch five-hole alloy wheel with a polished lip and sparkle silver painted inner face and 255/70R18 Bridgestone Dueler tires; dual windshield washer nozzles are now standard, 6 new body colours (True Blue Pearl, Billet Silver, Rock Lobster, Commando (green), and with late availability, Rugged Brown and Dune) for total of 12.

Moab Edition is a limited version of two-door Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited Sahara model, with 17-inch Rubicon alloy wheels painted gloss black, ew 245/75R17 Goodyear Silent Armor off-road tires, Trak-Lok anti-spin rear differential with an available electronic rear locking differential, a Mopar power dome hood, premium rock rails, black fuel filler door and tail lamp guards and matching premium black front and rear off-road bumpers, new premium soft top, black wheel arches, a matte black Jeep grille badge, ‚ÄúMoab‚ÄĚ decals on the hood, optional body-color three-piece hard top, black or saddle premium leather seats with black stitching, ‚ÄúMoab‚ÄĚ embossed instrument panel grab handle, Mopar slush mats, Iron Gray trim on the vent rings, grab handles and steering wheel spokes; choice of 6 body colours (Crush, Dozer, Rock Lobster, Gecko, Black and Bright White).

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition (2015-)

It is a version of 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Unlimited commemorating 10th anniversary of Wrangler Rubicon model, with standard six-speed manual or available five-speed automatic transmission, a one-half inch increase in ride height over the standard Rubicon, BF Goodrich KM2 265/70R17 tires, 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels painted satin black with polished faces and a red Jeep Wrangler ‚Äúicon‚ÄĚ logo on the outside lip, black front and rear steel off-road bumpers, front bumper featuring removable end caps and a winch-capable design, a dual-intake Power Dome hood, red tow hooks at front and rear, Mopar rock rails, Mopar black fuel filler door and tail lamp guards, ’10th Anniversary’ badging on the fenders, a red-silhouette ‚ÄúRubicon‚ÄĚ decal on the sides of the hood, a Premium Sunrider soft top (optional a black three-piece Freedom hard top or body-color hard top), choice of 4 body colors (Black, Billet Silver, White, 10th Anniversary Edition-exclusive Anvil), red leather seats with ‚ÄúRubicon 10th Anniversary‚ÄĚ embroidered into the front seat backs, red stitching at leather-wrapped steering wheel and the center console, a unique gauge cluster features a ‚Äú10th Anniversary‚ÄĚ signature and also features a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with various read-outs such as oil pressure, oil temperature and tire pressure; passenger grab handle includes a ‚ÄúRubicon 10th Anniversary‚ÄĚ badge and features Quick Silver accents that are also found on the vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls; Mopar slush mats, unique axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches, a plaque mounted in the dash tray that features the vehicle’s technical data, such as axle type and ratio, tire size, transfer case crawl ratio and manufacturer location.

The vehicle arrived to showrooms in spring of 2015.

Production

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are built in the Toledo Supplier Park in Toledo, Ohio.

As of May 17, 2015, Chrysler Group’s Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex produced its one-millionth JK model, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition, to be delivered to a customer in¬†Sarasota, Florida.

Marketing

As part of 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition launch, the Jeep X Games Avalanche Scramble sweepstakes campaign featured a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition grand prize and 3 ‘X Games Aspen 2015’ prizes.

2015 model year update (2015-)

Wrangler, Rubicon X, Freedom Edition

Changes to Jeep Wrangler include a new Trail Kit (two D-rings, a tow strap, gloves and a bag to store the items), clear park lamps and turn signal indicators replace the amber units, 6 new body colors (Amp’d, Anvil, Copperhead, Flame Red, Granite Crystal and Hydro Blue (Freedom Edition only)) for total of 10.

Changes to Sport models include the introduction of optional Uconnect 6.5-inch touchscreen radio with hard drive storage and SiriusXM Radio, optional 32-inch Tire and Wheel Group (semi-gloss black 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels, BF Goodrich KM LT255/75R17 off-road tires).

Available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the Rubicon X is a version of Rubicon with electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles, Rock-Trac transfer case with a ‚Äú4-Low‚ÄĚ ratio of 4:1, 4.10 front/rear axle ratio Tru-Lok locking differentials, six-speed manual transmission, BF Goodrich KM 255/75R17 tires, 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels painted satin black with polished faces and a red Jeep Wrangler ‘icon’ logo on the inside pocket, black front and rear steel off-road bumpers, front steel bumper featuring removable end caps and a winch-capable design, a dual-intake Power Dome hood, red tow hooks, Mopar rock rails, Mopar black fuel filler door, a red-silhouette ‚ÄúRubicon‚ÄĚ decal on both sides of the hood, Premium Sunrider soft top (optional black three-piece Freedom hard top or body-color hard top), Black leather seats, seat heaters for the front passengers, a unique gauge cluster features Rubicon X exclusive styling and a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with added read-outs such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tire pressure; passenger grab handle with Quick Silver accents that are also found on the vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls; Mopar slush mats, unique axle locker, sway-bar disconnect switches.

Available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited, Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition is a limited version of Jeep Wrangler Sport with a choice of 6 body colours (Flame Red, Bright White, Freedom-unique Hydro Blue, Billet Silver, Black and Dune), sparkle silver-painted 17-inch alloy wheels, Mineral Gray-painted grille and front and rear bumper inserts, body-color wheel arches, a ‚ÄúOscar Mike‚ÄĚ star-in-circle fender badges and decals on the hood and rear quarter panels, rock rails with matching black tail lamp guards and a Mopar fuel fill door; a Sunrider soft top with deep-tint rear windows, black seats with rugged tectonic fabric, an ‚ÄúOscar Mike‚ÄĚ logo embroidered on the seat backs in silver stitching, French Silver accent stitching on the steering wheel, doors, seats and front arm rest; ‚ÄúQuick Silver‚ÄĚ accents on the front passenger grab handle, door pulls and dash vent rings; grab handles, Satin Chrome spokes on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, Mopar Slush Mats, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, UConnect Voice Command, connectivity group coupled with standard SiriusXM Radio.

2015 Wrangler Dragon Edition (2015-)

2015 Wrangler Dragon Edition is a limited version of 2015 Jeep Wrangler for North America market, based on the Jeep Wrangler Sahara and designs from Jeep Wrangler Dragon Design Concept. It included Black body colour with black three-piece hard top, Bronze Satin Gloss front grille slats, headlamp surrounds and on the Jeep badging; unique 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in matte black with a Satin Bronze high-gloss outer edge, gloss-black appliques on the front and rear bumpers, a Dark Charcoal dragon decal that starts on the hood and runs along the driver’s side of the vehicle, a Mopar fuel-filler door, a black spare tire cover with dragon decal, heated black Nappa leather seating surfaces with Satin Bronze Dragon Scale on the outer bolster surfaces, center console arm rest and steering wheel; high-gloss black instrument panel bezels and door handles and Satin Bronze accent trim on the steering wheel spokes and passenger-side dashboard grab handle, matching bronze bound floor mats, a unique dragon graphic overlay in the gauge cluster.

2015 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition arrived at Jeep showrooms in North America in fall 2015.

2015 Wrangler Polar Edition (2015-)

2015 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition is a version of 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara for North America market, with new front grille, Powerdome hood and the body-color hardtop with deep-tint sunscreen glass, a Gloss Black Jeep logo above the front grille, Gloss Black 18-inch alloy wheels unique three-color hood decal with the outline of mountains, black fuel-filler door from Mopar, Black heated leather seats with Pearl White accent stitching and “Polar” logo embroidered on the upper portion of the backrests, black leather-wrapped steering wheel with Pearl White stitching and high-gloss Ceramic White bezels, Pearl White accent stitching at door armrests and center console lid, passenger-side dashboard grab bar and dashboard vent rings in high-gloss Ceramic White, all-new cluster overlay with rings in high-gloss Ceramic White and surrounding a blue instrument background with “Polar” logo, Mopar tread-pattern slush mats, choice of 3 body colours (Hydro Blue, Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White).

The vehicle was unveiled in 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

US model arrived at Jeep showrooms in November 2015.

Equipment

New Mopar Jeep Performance Parts and Accessories included 2015 Jeep Wrangler Trail Rated Kit, 4:10 Dana 44 front and rear axles (for 2007-2015 Wrangler), Hardtop Headliner (for 2007 and later Wrangler), Black Grille (with hood seal and a matching black Jeep badge), Side Visor.

Production

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are built in the Toledo Supplier Park in Toledo, Ohio.

Powertrain

Engine Year Transmission
3.8 L EGH 2007-2011 4-speed 42RLE automatic
2007-2011 6-speed NSG370 manual
3.6¬†L¬†Pentastar 2012‚ÄďPresent 5-speed¬†W5A580¬†automatic
2012‚ÄďPresent 6-speed¬†NSG370¬†manual
2.8¬†L¬†RA 428 2007‚Äď2010 5-speed¬†545RFE¬†automatic
2011‚ÄďPresent 5-speed¬†W5A580¬†automatic
2007‚ÄďPresent 6-speed¬†NSG370¬†manual

A 3.8 L EGH V6 with a displacement of 230.5 cubic inches (3,778 cc) producing 202 hp (151 kW) and 237 pound-feet (321 N·m) of torque was the base engine in 2007 -2011 models. It replaced the venerable AMC 242 straight-6.

The 2.8 L VM Motori turbodiesel straight-4 producing 177 hp (132 kW) and 302 pound-feet (409 N·m) of torque used in the Liberty is offered as options outside of U.S., as it does not satisfy U.S. emission control standards for 2007.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a four-speed automatic transmission offered as an option. The lower two levels have the Jeep Command-Trac part-time four-wheel drive system with an optional Trac-Loc limited-slip differential, while the Rubicon uses Rock-Trac a version of the NV241 with a 4:1 low range. Electronic locking front- and rear-axles called Tru-loc are also standard on Rubicon models. (A rear locking differential was optional on X and Sahara models for 2007, then only on select X models for 2008 and 2009. From 2010 onward, the locking differential is not available on any non-Rubicon Wrangler.)

Recognition

The Jeep Wrangler received the 2009 Best Resale Value Award from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) in the sport utility vehicle category. In 2012 and for 2015, it was also awarded the Best Resale Value Award from Kelly Blue Book in the compact sport utility vehicle category. The Wrangler also holds the Models to Best Hold Its Value recognition from Kelley Blue Book for 1998, 1999, 2003, 2011, and 2012.

The 2011,¬†2012,¬†and 2015¬†Jeep Wranglers have received¬†Canadian Black Book’s¬†Best Retained Value Award for the compact SUV category.

In 2007 and for 2015, the magazine¬†Four Wheeler¬†awarded the Jeep Wrangler with its Four-Wheeler of the Year Award¬†and in January 2010, they awarded the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon its title of 4×4 of the Decade.

 

In 1997, 2007, and 2012, the magazine¬†Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road¬†awarded the Jeep Wrangler with its 4×4 of the Year award.

The 2008 edition of Forbes Autos lists the four-wheel-drive convertible Jeep Wrangler at number four among the top ten vehicles with the highest resale value.

In May 2009, Business Week magazine named the Wrangler One of the Most Iconic Cars of the Last 20 Years.

Electric Wrangler

Further information: Envi (automobile)

In September 2008, Chrysler Vice Chairman Tom LaSorda unveiled a¬†range-extended electric¬†4-door Wrangler along with similarly engineered¬†Town and Country¬†minivan and a purely electric sports car. The Jeep Wrangler¬†would have a 40-mile (64¬†km) range before a gas engine starts and begins supplying additional electricity.¬†However, in November 2009¬†Fiat SpA¬†disbanded Chrysler’s¬†ENVI¬†electric car division and dropped these models from future product plans.

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