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Jeep’s Australian arm has confirmed local specification and line-up for the updated 2024 Wrangler, including arrival timing and which variants will be available.
Set to land in April 2024, the 2024 Jeep Wrangler will arrive in Australia a year after it was revealed in its updated form globally - in Sport S entry-, Overland mid- and Rubicon top-spec, the latter in two-door as an extra variant available over the other two.
Importantly, parent company Stellantis has left a couple of things out of the Jeep off-roader’s Australian line-up: the first is the 3.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol V6 previously found under the bonnet of the iconic Wrangler. The second is the 4xe plug-in hybrid drivetrain available in the model overseas.
Instead, Australian Wranglers will come with a sole engine option, a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 200kW and 400Nm, which Jeep’s local arm says “delivers similar power at a lower RPM, substantially higher torque, while being more fuel-efficient”.
It’s 9.0kW down on the old Pentastar V6 which delivered peak power at 6400rpm, but up on the V6’s 347Nm by 53Nm. It shouldn’t be too hard for the four-cylinder to best the V6’s claimed 9.6L/100km, or its 10.9L/100km as most recently (road) tested by CarsGuide.
Aside from the styling changes like the updated version of Jeep’s ‘seven-slot grille’ and new interior materials, the Wrangler now features a 12.3-inch touchscreen for multimedia running 'Uconnect 5', with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now featured.
Also new is an ‘accessory rail’ on the dash for mounting phones, while even the entry-level Wrangler scores heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and ambient lighting.
The Wrangler has, for all variants, also benefited from NVH improvements, Jeep says, as well as a windshield ‘Gorilla Glass’ mounted aerial, and very importantly, side curtain airbags.
The mid-spec Overland gains premium 12-way power seats, an anti-spin Dana M220 rear axle, black side mirrors, a hard seat back panel and soft spare tyre cover.
The top-spec Rubicon scores a heavy-duty HD Dana 44 full-float rear axle and performance suspension, acoustic laminated front door glass, seats upholstered in Nappa leather, a forward facing 'TrailCam' mounted above the grille for better vision off-roading, and a premium wrapped dash panel.
Jeep Australia hasn’t confirmed pricing for the new Wrangler, but expect it to lift north of the current two-door Rubicon variant’s $83,950 starting price.