Ever since its launch in the late 80s, the Jeep Wrangler has been quite a popular SUV. Now, after being on sale for nearly 37 years, the SUV has added a feather in its cap – the Wrangler has crossed the 50 lakh global sales milestone. Jeep announced that the 50th lakh unit rolled off the assembly line was the 2023 Wrangler Rubicon 4xe 20th Anniversary Edition finished in Earl exterior paint scheme, which was delivered to a customer in New Jersey, the US. Of the 50 lakh units sold, about 6.30 lakh units of the Jeep Wrangler YJ were exported between 1987 and 1995, while 9 lakh units of the second-generation Wrangler TJ were sold between 1996 and 2006.
To refresh the memory of the readers, the iconic Jeep Wrangler was unveiled at the 1986 Chicago Auto Show as a 1987 model and served as a replacement model for the Jeep CJ. The first Jeep Wrangler with the model code YJ went on sale in 1987, followed by the TJ in 1996, the JK in 2006, and the JL in 2017 – building on the legacy established by the classic 1941 Willys MB. In August 2019, the automotive giant launched the Wrangler in India in a single five-door variant. It was brought to 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.
The Jeep Wrangler SUV is available across the world, and in India, it currently comes in 2 variants – Unlimited and Rubicon, which is more off-road oriented. Overseas, the 2024 Jeep Wrangler comes with cutting-edge technology, improved features, and a reworked design. 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. The 2024 model will also mark its entry into India, however, the exact launch timeline has not been made public yet.
2024 Jeep Wrangler Facelift: Powertrain
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler's engine lineup includes 3 ICE engine options and the PHEV 4xe. 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.
The India-spec Jeep Wrangler facelift is expected to come powered by the same 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. It remains to be seen if Jeep will bring the 4xe variant in India.
Jeep Wrangler: Price
In the Indian market, the current Jeep Wrangler starts at Rs 60.65 lakh for the Unlimited and goes up to Rs 64.65 lakh for the Rubicon. Prices are ex-showroom. Expect the upcoming facelift to be priced more than the current version.