FCA has launched its new-gen Jeep Wrangler in India today. The 5-door 4×4 is available at a price of Rs 63.94 lakh (ex,-sh, all India). Kapil Dev graced the event as Guest of Honour. “We wanted one legend to launch another legend,” said Kevin Flynn – President and Managing Director, FCA India.
The new Wrangler is not on sale at all Jeep India dealers. It is on sale at only 10 Jeep outlets across India. These 10 outlets are the more premium outlets of Jeep India, called Jeep Destination Stores.
Speaking about the Wrangler SUV, it is a name that is reckoned with respect in the SUV world. Since start to date, the vehicle has evolved through 7 decades and product lifecycles. Jeep claims that this is the most advanced version of the Wrangler, ever to be made.
The Wrangler sits on all things great and familiar – Body on frame construction, 7 slat front grille; trapezoidal wheel arches, round headlights, square taillamps, high ground clearance, and fold down front windscreen. The five-door has full frame removable roof and doors, the security of 70 safety features, and looks familiar in its right-angled body geometry.
All-new Jeep Wrangler is longer than its predecessor by 130 mm, wider by 17 mm, and taller by 9 mm. Wheelbase is longer by 61 mm. Current gen Jeep Wrangler’s four-wheel stance and retro Jeep styling elements add to its unique design. External door hinges, body-coloured trapezoidal wheel arches, angular body, and new bumpers with integrated fog lamps are key character traits. The front 7 slot grille has a frontal bend for a sharper effect, and the hood has air intakes.
On the inside, 2020 Wrangler SUV gets black leather seats, premium soft touch materials on the dashboard and door panels. There is a Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with 8.4 inch high resolution screen that supports Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto. Standard features include start / stop, leather wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, etc.
For driver info, there is a 7 inch colour screen in the instrument panel. Sound is delivered by an Alpine music system with nine speakers enhanced by an overhead sound bar, all-weather subwoofer and 552 watt amplifier.
Powering the Wrangler 2020 in India is 4-cylinder, inline, turbocharged 2.0-litre 268 HP 400 Nm petrol engine. This replaces the 3.4-litre V-6 Pentastar, which was offered in its predecessor. This is the only engine option on offer for now. It is mated to 8-speed automatic transmission, replacing the old 5 speed auto.
Kevin Flynn said, “We are pleased to present the legendary all-new Jeep Wrangler to our Indian customers who have been eagerly waiting for this New Generation model. The iconic Wrangler is an important vehicle for us to have in our portfolio as it is the flagbearer of Jeep values and has been part of the brand’s illustrious history for nearly eight decades, across the globe, and in India since its introduction in 2016.”
Launched internationally last year, new generation 2020 Jeep Wrangler was in news for failing safety crash test. Europ NCAP has awarded the new Wrangler SUV just 1 star safety rating.