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2019 Jeep Wrangler SUV spotted testing in India again ahead of August 9 launch

Team OD  | Updated: August 06, 2019, 08:57 PM IST

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler is set to be launched in India on August 9. We've spotted the new SUV being tested here regularly and this new set adds to that. We expect the Jeep Wrangler 4x4 to come here in its top-spec Rubicon trim. But due to some technicalities, Jeep will call this car the Wrangler Moab. The Moab name is used on an exterior package for the Wrangler in its other markets.

For its JL-generation makeover, the Wrangler has been thoroughly updated but continues with a purposeful ladder-frame construction. This frame is lighter and has also led to the car becoming longer, freeing up more interior space. The body uses mainly high-strength steel but the hood, doors, and windshield frame are made of aluminium and the tailgate is magnesium. Off-roading capability has improved with better approach and departure angles, electric front- and rear-axle locks, a limited-slip differential and up to 30 inches of water fording ability. The 277mm ground clearance also helps in this regard.

As seen in these pictures, styling is evolutionary. The classic Wrangler, and consequently Jeep, look has been reinterpreted for the new car with subtle changes being made everywhere, including in the 7-slat grille and the now LED-equipped round headlamps.

The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

The new Jeep Wrangler is available with a new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol turbocharged unit and the 3.6-litre V6. The all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine makes 274PS and 400Nm of torque and is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. But of most interest to us is the 2.2-litre diesel motor available in European markets. This makes 200PS and 448Nm. The Wrangler is available in a 3 and 5-door body styles and four trim levels internationally. These are Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. The model we spotted was the 3-door version so we can expect both body styles to be made available. This should also make the Wrangler slightly more affordable. The JK generation car is sold here at around Rs 75 lakh, making it a pricey proposition.

Image source: Carandbike via Anand Dhamdhere

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 63.94 Lakhs
Displacement
1998cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
274
Max Torque(Nm)
400
Mileage
8.43 Kmpl

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