2019 JL WRANGLER SPECS AND PRICING

THE NEW WRANGLER IS ALMOST HERE, BUT IT WILL COME AT A COST.

WORDS MATT RAUDONIKIS

FCA AUSTRALIA has revealed the specs and prices of the JL Wrangler, which is appearing in some Oz Jeep dealers already but won’t officially go on sale until April or May.

The JL will be available in both shortwheelbase two-door and long-wheelbase four-door variants, with a choice of the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine or the 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. Both engines are offered with the eight-speed automatic transmission only.

Sure to disappoint many Wrangler buyers is the fact there will be no manual gearbox offered in Australian Wranglers, nor will we get the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol or the 3.0-litre diesel V6 engine offered elsewhere. There’s also no SWB Rubicon model.

The cheapest JL Wrangler is the SWB Wrangler Sport S at $48,950, which is a considerable step up in entry price from the current $38,990 JK Wrangler Sport with the same engine. Likewise at the top end of the price range, where a LWB JK Rubicon which started at $53,990 with an auto will now set you back in excess of $63,950. Want a diesel engine in that Rubicon? That will add $5000 to the price!

WHAT’S OFFERED

JEEP WRANGLER SPORT S

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Daylight Running Lamps (DRLs)

Automatic Headlamps

Parkview Rear Backup Camera

ParkSense Rear Park Assist System

Push-Button Start

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

7.0-inch Uconnect Touch Screen Display

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

8-Speaker Audio System

Black Sunrider Soft Top

JEEP WRANGLER OVERLAND

18-inch Alloy Wheels

Auto Emergency Braking

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop

McKinley Leather Trimmed Seats with Overland Logo

Body Colour, Removable Hard Top with Freedom Panels

LED Reflector Head Lamps/Tail Lamps/Fog Lamps/DRLs

Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection

ParkSense Front Assist System

9-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio System

Uconnect 8.4-inch Touch Screen Display

Satellite Navigation

230V Power Outlet

Remote Start System

JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON

17-inch Polished Alloy Wheels with Black Pockets

Tru-Lock® Front & Rear Locking Differentials

Auto Emergency Braking

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop

Front Stabiliser Bar Disconnect

Heavy Duty Front and Rear Axles

Heavy Duty Rock Slider with Step Assist

Removable Black Hard Top with Freedom Panels

Rubicon Hood Decal

32-inch BFGoodrich Off-Road Tyres

Winch-Capable Steel Front Bumper

9-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio System

LED Reflector Head Lamps/Tail Lamps/Fog Lamps/DRLs

Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection

Uconnect 8.4-inch Touch Screen Display

Satellite Navigation

230V Power Outlet

Remote Start System

Off-Road Pages

This is the first time the Wrangler Rubicon has been offered here with a diesel engine alternative. The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine delivers 146kW at 3500rpm and 347Nm at 2000rpm.

The four-door JL arrives in three specification levels: Sport S, Overland and Rubicon, with only the off-road-oriented Rubicon getting the diesel option. The two-door will only be available as Sport or Overland spec and V6 petrol engine only.

Sport S and Overland Wranglers get the conventional Command-Trac 4x4 system offering two-wheel drive and 4x4 high and low range, while the Rubicons get the

SPORT S 2-DR 3.6L 8AT 209KW 4X4 PETROL $48,950

SPORT S 4-DR 3.6L 8AT 209KW 4X4 PETROL $53,450

OVERLAND 2-DR 3.6L 8AT 209KW 4X4 PETROL $58,450

OVERLAND 4-DR 3.6L 8AT 209KW 4X4 PETROL $62,950

RUBICON 3.6L 8AT 209KW 4X4 PETROL $63,950

RUBICON 2.2L 8AT 147KW 4X4 DIESEL $68,950 \ off-road-biased Rock-Trac system which adds 4:1 low range in the transfer case. The full-time CommandTrac system offered on some US specifications will not be available here. Also in the Rubicon’s off-road arsenal are locking diffs front and rear, lower 4.1:1 gears in those diffs, a disconnecting front sway bar and 32-inch BFG A/T tyres, among other extras.

Justifying the added cost of the JL is the fact it comes with a lot more comfort and convenience features, including AEB and radar cruise control on Overland and Rubicon models.

As in the past the Wrangler will be available with a choice of removable soft and hardtop roof configurations, the hardtop featuring the separately removable Freedom panels. Jeep will also have more than 130 factory MOPAR accessories to add to the price or, as we saw at SEMA, the aftermarket already has more gear than you could ever imagine.