2024 Jeep Wrangler: Embracing Turbo Power, Bidding Farewell to V6 in Australia

Matt Brand
December 1, 2023
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The Jeep Wrangler, a long-standing favorite among off-road enthusiasts, is gearing up for its 2024 release in Australia with a notable change under the hood. Departing from its traditional V6 engine, the updated Wrangler will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. This new engine delivers 200kW and 400Nm, slightly less power but more torque than the outgoing 3.6-litre V6. Jeep claims this shift will bring improved fuel efficiency, though specific figures haven't been released.

Expected to arrive in Australian showrooms in April 2024, the facelifted Wrangler also introduces a range of updates. These include a revised exterior look, new wheel designs, and an updated grille. Buyers can choose from a variety of paint colors at launch, with Tuscadero pink joining the range from March 2024.

The interior of the 2024 Wrangler sees a significant tech upgrade, most notably with a new 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen featuring Uconnect 5 software, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The safety features are also enhanced, extending to side curtain airbags across all models, supplementing the existing airbag systems.

While the base Sport S model retains cloth seats and a fabric dashboard panel, the Overland and Rubicon variants add more premium materials. The Overland features 'McKinley' seat trim, and the Rubicon boasts new nappa leather upholstery. All variants benefit from additional soft-touch materials and updated interior design elements.

New Wrangler Overland Interior

In terms of off-road capabilities, the Rubicon model continues to stand out with its Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system, including a 4:1 low-gear ratio and electronic locking differentials. It also introduces a HD Dana 44 'full-float' rear axle, enhancing its off-road prowess. The Sport S and Overland models, on the other hand, come with the Selec-Trac system, offering full-time four-wheel-drive capabilities.

Despite these changes, the Wrangler’s towing capacity remains at 2495kg, ensuring it retains its practicality. Additionally, all models will now feature added comforts like heated steering wheels and seats, with the higher-end models receiving 12-way power-adjustable front seats.

New Wrangler Rubicon Interior

The pricing for the 2024 Jeep Wrangler in Australia is yet to be announced. Given the shift to a new engine and the addition of updated features, potential buyers might anticipate a price increase from the current range of $81,450 to $90,450 plus on-road costs.

As the Wrangler transitions to this new phase, it aims to balance its rugged off-road heritage with modern demands for efficiency and technology.

However, with many details still under wraps, including pricing and specific fuel efficiency figures, the Australian market's response to this new iteration of the Wrangler remains to be seen. Jeep enthusiasts and prospective buyers will likely keep a close watch as the release date approaches.

2024 Jeep Wrangler Specs:

2024 Jeep Wrangler Sport S – New Features:

  • Upgraded to a 2.0-litre turbo engine
  • Redesigned front grille and new 17-inch wheel design
  • Gorilla Glass windscreen with integrated antenna
  • Added side curtain airbags
  • Rear seat reminder feature
  • 12.3-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Enhanced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) suppression
  • Ambient LED interior lighting
  • Nexen Roadian all-terrain tyres
  • Fabric dash panel
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • 240-amp alternator
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Normal-duty suspension

2024 Jeep Wrangler Overland – New Features:

  • Equipped with the 2.0-litre turbo engine
  • Updated front grille and 18-inch wheel design
  • Gorilla Glass windscreen, antenna now inside
  • Side curtain airbags for added safety
  • Rear seat reminder for enhanced alertness
  • 12.3-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen with wireless connectivity features
  • Improvements in NVH levels
  • Anti-spin Dana M220 rear axle
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • 240 Amp alternator for better electrical performance
  • Black side mirrors for a sleek look
  • Premium McKinley leather seats for enhanced comfort
  • Hard seat back panel for durability
  • Soft spare tyre cover

2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – New Features:

  • Updated with a 2.0-litre turbo engine
  • New front grille and 17-inch wheel design for a fresh look
  • Gorilla Glass windscreen with integrated antenna
  • Side curtain airbags for all-around safety
  • Rear seat reminder (specific to the four-door variant)
  • 12.3-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen, now with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • Enhanced NVH for a smoother ride
  • Performance-oriented suspension
  • HD Dana 44 full-float rear axle for robust performance
  • Acoustic laminated glass in front doors
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat (two-door model has power-adjustable passenger seat as well)
  • Nappa leather seat upholstery for a premium feel
  • Forward-facing trail camera for improved visibility
  • Hard seat back panel for practicality
  • Premium-wrapped dash panel for a refined interior aesthetic

What do you think of the new Wrangler? Let us know in the comment section below!

Matt Brand
Matt Brand, the esteemed car critic from Car Sauce, offers unparalleled expertise on all things automotive. From new car releases to pre-owned options, he provides in-depth analysis and honest evaluations to guide readers through the car-buying process. Join us as he delves into the exciting world of motoring.

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