New-generation off-roader lobs with big price bump, no manual option in Australia.
Jeep Australia has revealed pricing and specs for the 2019 JL Wrangler, available in two body styles and three trim levels Down Under when it arrives in April this year.
The range will kick off with the Sport S, powered by a 209kW/347Nm 3.6-litre V6 engine mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
UPDATE, 17/01/2019: Jeep has confirmed a manual is "not in our plans now" for the new Wrangler.
It'll set you back $48,950 (+$9960) before on-road costs in two-door guise, jumping to $53,450 (+$10,460) if you need four doors.
Riding on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, the entry-level Wrangler gets automatic headlamps, a rear-view camera and parking sensors, push-button start, a leather steering wheel, and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard. A black soft-top is included out of the box.
Jumping to the Overland boosts the price to $58,450 (+$8460) before on-roads as a two-door or $62,950 (+$8960) in four-door guise, but brings active safety kit like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert to the table over its entry-level brethren.
Gone are the base 17-inch wheels, replaced with a set of 18s, while the soft-top has been subbed for a body-colour removable hard-top with 'Freedom Panels'. Both head- and taillights are LED units, and the rear parking sensors standard on the Sport S have been bolstered with a set up front.
The base 7.0-inch infotainment system is turfed in favour of an 8.4-inch setup, complete with factory satellite navigation. As with the price leader, power comes from a 3.6L V6 in the Overland.
Topping the range is the (four-door only) Rubicon, available in both 3.6L petrol or 2.2L diesel guise. Outputs for the former are listed above, while the diesel makes 147kW and 400Nm. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission as standard.
You'll pay $63,950 (+$9960) before on-road costs for the petrol and $68,950 for the diesel. That not-inconsiderable outlay brings 17-inch alloy wheels, locking front/rear differentials, disconnecting front stabiliser bars, heavy-duty axles and heavy-duty rock sliders, all designed to make the car a go-anywhere beast off the beaten track.
The standard front bumper is capable of housing a winch, too. If the off-road hardware isn't enough to give it away, the Rubicon can be differentiated from its brethren by a unique graphic on the bonnet. Although the basic touchscreen is shared with the Overland, there are unique off-road pages buried within the Rubicon's infotainment system.
As with the Overland, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard on the Rubicon.
Regardless of trim, the Wrangler comes standard with a one-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Jeep is highlighting a range of 130 off-road accessories being offered as factory options to Wrangler buyers Down Under, while the aftermarket is always on hand to serve people with more particular or difficult desires.
The company didn't provide comment when asked about when (and whether) the 2.0L petrol engine offered overseas will be coming to Australia. We've also reached out for details on when (or if) a manual will be offered, and will add comment when it becomes available.
Keen-eyed readers will note the two-door Rubicon is pictured, not a four-door. We'll update our story when local imagery becomes available. The Sahara pictured in the article is equivalent to our Overland spec – once again, we'll update when relevant images become available.
2019 Jeep Wrangler pricing
- Sport S two-door - $48,950
- Sport S four-door - $53,450
- Overland two-door - $58,450
- Overland four-door - $62,950
- Rubicon 3.6L petrol - $63,950
- Rubicon 2.2L diesel - $68,950