Date posted: 04-12-2006
NEW YORK — Jeep unveiled its 2007 Wrangler Unlimited, a stretched off-roader that adds a whopping 20.6 inches to the standard Wrangler's 95.4-inch wheelbase, on Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show.
The latest Jeep, which has midsize SUV proportions, is designed to butt heads with the 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser and the 2006 Hummer H3.
Chrysler insiders tell Inside Line the Wrangler Unlimited will start at around $21,000.
The Unlimited will be offered in either two- or four-wheel drive and comes in three configurations: Wrangler Unlimited X, Sahara and Rubicon. Four-wheel-drive Unlimited X and Sahara models feature Command-Trac NV241, a part-time, two-speed transfer case. A Trak-Lok limited-slip rear differential is optional. Rubicon models feature an off-road Rock-Trak NV241 two-speed transfer case as well as electric front- and rear-axle lockers and 32-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires.
The Chrysler Group brand says the Wrangler Unlimited will feature hundreds of different top, door and windshield combinations, as well as 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels. All models are equipped with a 3.8-liter overhead-valve V6 that churns out 205 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment; a four-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Jeep says the five-passenger Unlimited has the most cargo space ever offered in a Wrangler, nearly triple the rear cargo space of the standard model. Features include a standard 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat and a standard electronic stability program. Options include seat-mounted side airbags, remote keyless entry, a navigation system and Sirius satellite radio.
What this means to you: The Jeep Wrangler grows up and gets more practical.