2019 Jeep Wrangler: what you need to know

Full details of the Europe-bound Jeep Wrangler have been revealed, with first models set to arrive in late 2018.

Jeep Wrangler European spec

Jeep Wrangler

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Much like the old Land Rover Defender, the Wrangler’s design has been a case of evolution rather than revolution over several decades, and the old-school looks remain key to its appeal. As a result, the 2018 car looks largely the same as the current generation.

However, a fresh headlight and grille design is a highlight, while it’s set to be offered in a wider range of open-top and roofless versions than the current model is.

There’s over 200 MOPAR accessories and performance upgrades available for the new Wrangler too, including special LED lights for off-roading, beefy bumper kits and even lift kits.

The interior features improved materials and new tech.

Inside there’s been a more thorough redesign, with improved high-quality materials featuring. The infotainment system is available with a 7in or 8.4in touchscreen depending on trim level, and uses Jeep’s latest UConnect system.

Safety systems have taken a step up too, with a blind-spot monitoring system, rear-cross detection and a rear-view camera all available.

Unlike the styling, the engine options have been brought right up to date and it will be the first Jeep to feature hybrid power. A 2.0-litre mild-hybrid petrol will be offered, producing 266bhp and 400Nm of torque. It’ll feature Jeep’s latest eTorque tech.

Jeep offers a more hardcore Wrangler in the form of the Rubicon.

From launch, European-spec Wranglers will be available with either a 2.2-litre diesel producing 197bhp or a 2.0-litre petrol making 268bhp.

The diesel features stop-start tech and a variable geometry turbocharger to improve emissions and economy. The 268bhp petrol option will get an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while other engines use a six-speed manual.

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Further engines will be added in 2019, including a 3.6-litre petrol V6 and a 3.0-litre diesel – both of which also get the stop-start tech as the smaller diesel engine.

It’s not yet confirmed when the new 2.0-litre petrol-hybrid engine will be available in Europe, but it’s possible it’ll be added to the range at the same time as the larger engines in 2019.

Jeep Wrangler wading

For those keen on exploiting the Wrangler’s off-roading prowess, you’ll be glad to hear the new Wrangler gets a wading depth of 30in, while a limited slip diff is on the options list, too.

We’ll bring you lease rates as soon as they’re available, but for now, you can check out personal deals on the current Wrangler here.

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