Jeep Wrangler Unlimited UK Version, 2008
The new Jeep Wrangler range surprised drivers and off-road enthusiasts when it launched in 2007. Jeep managed to maintain the classic 'rugged' look and feel without letting the new car's extreme off-road ability compromise its on-road dynamics or its role as a comfortable everyday family car.
The Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited both offer removable full-framed doors and fold-down windscreen together with a removable hard top that provides more options for open-air driving. The Freedom Top is a three-piece modular hardtop and features separate left- and right-front passenger panels that can be removed and stored in the vehicle, together with a rear section that can be removed separately.
While the majority of Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimiteds sold in the UK will be powered by a new 2.8-litre diesel engine, a handful of Jeep Wrangler 'Rubicon' models will be sold with a new 3.8-litre petrol engine and a host of additional off-road features that will make this the best off-road Wrangler ever and the ultimate showroom standard off-road vehicle available in the UK.
For 2008 new features including a tyre pressure warning system and the optional MyGig infotainment sat-nav system have been added across the Wrangler range.
More On-road RefinementWhile improving its legendary 4x4 Jeep capability, the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited feature a much more refined on-road experience as a result of an all-new frame that is 100 per cent stiffer in bending and 50 per cent stiffer in torsion together with a refined five-link coil suspension front and rear. In addition, new steering and suspension geometry provides precise ride and handling characteristics, while new sound-deadening techniques reduce cabin noise by more than 20 per cent.
The Jeep Wrangler's recirculating-ball steering configuration features a robust cross-car steering linkage system, providing the stiffest possible steering linkage in a solid-axle vehicle for a precise on-centre feel. Lower spring rates on the suspension provide more of a soft, comfortable on-road ride.
Standard across the Wrangler range is Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), which aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving manoeuvres on any type of surface. ESP works in harmony with the on-road calibrated Brake Lock Differentials that aim to improve vehicle traction if one wheel is on ice or gravel and the other is on a dry surface.
The front seats are sculpted and conform to the body, and a driver's seat height adjuster is standard for optimised seat position and comfort. Sahara and Rubicon models feature cloth seats with YES Essentials fabric - an easy-care, soil-repellent and anti-microbial textile that protects seats from stains, odours and discolouration.
The Jeep Wrangler offers more cargo capacity than its predecessor, together with more space for front and rear passengers. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features room for five adult passengers and more than double the cargo storage space of the short-wheelbase Wrangler, together with a 60/40 split folding rear bench seat.