Jeep India has increased the prices of the Wrangler in India by up to Rs 2 lakh. This hike is applicable to both variants of SUV – Unlimited and Rubicon. Nearly two months ago, Jeep sold over 50 lakh units of the Wrangler SUV globally in a span of 37 years, and the 50th lakh unit rolled off the assembly line was the 2023 Wrangler Rubicon 4xe 20th Anniversary Edition, which was finished in Earl exterior paint scheme. And now, the Wrangler has received a price hike, now retailing between Rs 62.65 lakh and Rs 66.65 lakh (ex-showroom). The former applies to the Unlimited variant of the Wrangler, while the latter holds true for the top-spec Rubicon variant. The Jeep Wrangler SUV is available across the world and, in India, the automotive giant launched the Wrangler in 2019 in a single five-door variant. It was imported into the country as a CBU (completely built unit). Aiming towards the local assembly of some Jeep products for the Indian market, the manufacturer relaunched the Wrangler in 2021 in a locally assembled guise.
Jeep Wrangler: Powertrain and Performance
Under the bonnet, the Wrangler SUV is equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, which is good enough for 268bhp and 400Nm of torque. The power is sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a transfer case four-wheel-drive system.
2024 Jeep Wrangler Facelift Marks Debut
Having said that, India is due to get a facelifted version of the Wrangler SUV, while the European market has already witnessed the arrival of the fourth-generation SUV with a 4xe hybrid powertrain. The combination of the hybrid technology and the four-cylinder gasoline engine is said to deliver 375bhp and 637Nm of peak torque. Other engine options include a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol, a 3.6-litre V6, as well as a 6.4-litre V8.
A turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine with 270bhp of maximum power and 400Nm of peak torque continues to provide power for it. A 2.0-litre turbocharged plug-in hybrid engine is available for the PHEV 4xe, while a 3.6-litre V6 engine with 285bhp and 352Nm of torque is also offered. The 4-cylinder and V6 models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but other options include an 8-speed automatic unit. A 6.4-litre V8 engine developing 470bhp and 638Nm of torque powers the Rubicon 392. Additionally, the Wrangler 4xe is powered by a 17.3kWh lithium-ion battery.
Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show in April 2023, the 2024 Jeep Wrangler comes in Sport, Sport S, Sahara, Willys, Rubicon, new Rubicon X, High Altitude, and Rubicon 392 variants.
Jeep Compass 2WD Diesel Automatic Launched in India
The new 2WD diesel automatic variant recently found its way into the Compass SUV lineup. Priced at Rs 23.99 lakh (ex-showroom), it is the lower-spec AT variant and is positioned between the Black Shark edition and the updated range. The Jeep Compass 4x2 gets a full suite of safety features as standard, including a four-channel ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), four-channel electronic stability control (ESC), advanced brake assist, hill start assist, all-speed traction control, rear seat reminder alert, and rain brake assist.
At its heart is a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder unit that produces 168bhp and 350Nm of peak torque. A six-speed manual transmission and a nine-speed automatic transmission are paired with the engine. The car can go from 0-100km/h in about 9.8 seconds.