The Wrangler is set to add five-star safety to it's seemingly endless arsenal of capabilities when the all-new JL model launches in Australia in Q1 2019.
Speaking with CarsGuide at the international launch of the new Wrangler in the USA this week, FCA Australia and Jeep Asia Pacific boss Steve Zanlunghi confirmed AEB will come standard on all versions.
New 2.2-litre four cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesels are planned internationally, although Australia is expected to only see the 2.2-litre, in addition to a revised version of the existing 3.6-litre petrol V6. Both will be equipped with AEB.
Mr Zanlunghi explained his team will be shooting for the highest safety rating available, and AEB is now a pre-requisite for scoring the maximum five-star ANCAP rating.
The availabilty of AEB is no guarantee for the top rating though, with the Kia Stinger initially scoring dual three and five-star ratings when it launched because AEB was not available on all versions. This situation has not affected the Honda CR-V however, with all versions carrying a five-star rating despite only the top-spec VTi-LX coming with the auto braking tech.
The current two-door, 3.6-litre JK Wrangler was given a four-star ANCAP rating when tested in 2012.
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