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2007 Jeep Wrangler
A new path in the quest
For the holy grail of freedom 

2007 Wrangler: direct descendant of the original Willys.

APN,
26th January 2006.

Every year, new members are still joining the school of SUV making. But you can bet that older "teachers" are watching more and more closely.

With a little imagination, one can find something like a little smile on the face of the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler. Not necessarily for the number of units sold, especially when compared to giant manufacturers, but for something else.

For the new Wrangler is none but the direct descendant of the first, the original 1941 Willys which actively contributed to the victory against some of the totalitarian regimes of the thirties and forties.

Isn't it ironic, at least apparently, to see a military vehicle become a symbol of the fight for democracy and freedom?

Irony is just apparent, for dictators of yesterday, today and tomorrow, understand only one language: theirs.

Anyway, freedom is not just about defeating its enemies. It is about enjoying peacefully open air, daylight, safe moonlights, time and space. Its about life adventure, which leads us back to the... Wrangler, the civilian one this time.

Latest heir of that 65-years-old legend: the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler.

And here comes the latest heir of that sixty-five-years-old legend, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler, promising with what Chrysler group qualifies as "the most capable off-road vehicle in the world".

Hot on the trails of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006 Jeep Commander, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler will arrive in Jeep dealerships in the fall of 2006 (later this year, Jeep will also launch the all-new 2007 Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot) with a 3.8-litre V6 engine (205 hp), before it reaches international markets with, for some of them, a diesel engine (for Europe), as well as left- and right-hand-drive models.

Built at Chrysler Group's Stickney Avenue Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio, the new Wrangler gets more ground clearance, larger wheels and tires, enhanced Dana front and rear solid axles, optional new-generation Command-Trac and Rock-Trac transfer cases, new electric axle lockers, and electronic-disconnecting front sway bar.

100% stiffer frame , 2-inch longer wheelbase and 3.5-inch wider track.

That's off-road. But for normal road driving, the new Wrangler gets more refinement thanks to the new, 100 percent stiffer frame in bending, 2-inch longer wheelbase, 3.5-inch wider track, lower spring rates, advanced shock tuning, increased jounce and rebound travel.

Interior space and comfort have been enhanced with 4.6 inches more hip and 5.1 inches more shoulder room combined with additional 2 inches in couple, 1 inch in rear-seat leg room and 2 inches behind rear seat.

Open-air options get a further boost with dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations, new three-piece modular hardtop and innovative Sunrider soft top.

True to its origins, but modern and precise, with improved fit and finish.

Safety gets its share with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), electronic roll mitigation, dual-stage air bags, seat-mounted side air bags and occupant classification system (OCS), while convenience amenities include optional power windows and door locks, full-screen navigation system, 368-watt Alpine stereo with MP3 capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Offered in three models — Wrangler X, Sahara and Rubicon — the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler keeps a lean, rugged and simple image, for off-road capability as well as open-air driving.

Better ergonomics with a new instrument panel and center stack.

With solid axles, removable doors, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield and innovative removable and convertible tops, Wrangler retains the Jeep core values of simplicity, adventure, mastery and authenticity.

With dozens of different top, door and windshield combinations, nine unique exterior colors and available 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels, the all-new 2007 Wrangler makes it possible to customise appearance depending on customers tastes.

Off-road - Re-engineered and redesigned from the ground up, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler gets higher ground clearance, better wheel articulation and advanced off-road hardware.

Manual-adjust collapsing steering column.

Improved ground clearance, combined with short front and rear overhangs, enables the all-new Wrangler to navigate challenging off-road trails, especially severe inclines. A boulder-friendly approach angle of 44.3 degrees and breakover angle of 25.4 degrees, along with a 40.4 degree departure angle, once again make the 2007 Jeep Wrangler a formidable off-roader.

For wheel articulation and durability, Jeep Wrangler X and Sahara models feature an enhanced Dana 30 front axle and Dana 35 rear axle.

For the all-new Wrangler Rubicon model, heavy-duty front and rear axles are both Dana 44s, which feature numerous improvements. With the optional trailer tow package, a Dana 44 rear axle is standard on all media. Providing significant underbody protection are three skid plates — protecting the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan.

3.8-liter V-6 with a 6-speed manual or optional 4-speed auto gearbox.

For the first time, Jeep Wrangler offers an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar — Active Sway Bar System (ASBS) — delivering additional wheel travel for traversing the toughest trails. As a result, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler boasts a 652 Ramp Travel Index (RTI — a measurement of a vehicle’s suspension articulation) with the front stabilizer bar engaged and an 832 RTI with the front stabilizer bar disconnected — a 28 percent increase. 

Jeep Wrangler X and Sahara models feature the second-generation Command-Trac® NV241, part-time, two-speed transfer case, featuring a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio.

In addition, a Trac-Lok® limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip during low-traction situations, such as driving over sand, gravel, snow or ice.

The all-new Wrangler Rubicon model features an Off-Road Rock-Trac™ NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, as well as electric front- and rear-axle lockers and 32-inch B.F. Goodrich Off-Road tires.

On-road - While improving its 4x4 capability, the all-new Wrangler offers enhanced on-road comfort with its all-new, 100 percent stiffer frame in bending, 50 percent stiffer body, five-link coil suspension, improved shock tuning, 2-inch longer wheelbase and 3.5-inch wider track.

Front-seat area with 54.6 cu. ft. of space — an increase of 4.8 cu. ft..

In addition, new steering (recirculating-ball) and suspension geometry should provide precise ride and handling characteristics, and new sound-deadening techniques reduce cabin noise by more than 20 percent.

According to Jeep, the new suspension enables the Wrangler to corner flatter with less lateral motion, provides better on-center steering feel, and even more effectively absorb on-road bumps and cracks. Ride balance gets more refined, with less body lean when cornering and braking. In addition, lower suspension spring rates provide a softer, more comfortable on-road ride.

Standard on the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler is an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with three modes — "full on," "full off" and "partial on."

Standard on the 2007 Jeep Wrangler X model, low-pressure twin-tube shock absorbers are tuned to provide improved balance between jounce and rebound motions, for a more responsive suspension.

Jeep Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon models feature standard high-pressure monotube shocks, utilizing Low Speed Tunable (LST) valve technology.

Two more inches of space behind the Fold-and-tumble rear seats.

Interior - The interior offers new features and functionality, more passenger comfort and better ergonomics with a new instrument panel and center stack, and new high-back front bucket seats.

Featuring a front-seat area with 54.6 cu. ft. of space — an increase of 4.8 cu. ft. — the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler provides 5.1 inches more shoulder room and 4.6 inches more hip room. A driver's seat height adjuster is available.

Jeep Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon models feature cloth seats with YES Essentials® fabric — an easy-care, soil-repellant and anti-microbial textile that protects seats from stains, odors and discoloration.

Rear seats accommodate two adults with 3.9 inches more shoulder room, 1.6 inches more hip room, 1 inch more leg room and a 2-inch greater couple than the 2007 Jeep Wrangler's predecessor.

New lockable underfloor storage area.

A fold-and-tumble feature allows rear seats to be stowed for additional storage capacity.

Two more inches of space behind the rear seat nearly doubles the cargo capacity of the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler. The extra space provides room for a new lockable underfloor storage area, which secures small items out of sight in the rear cargo area.

Open-air - An all-new, three-piece modular hard top system (option) features three panels — left- and right-front passenger panels and a rear panel — providing more options for open-air driving. Removing the left- and right-front passenger panels is simple and may be accomplished quickly by one person.

The optional Sunrider™ soft top includes a "sun roof" feature, in addition to the full top-down option. It provides a second open-air option by folding the soft top back completely over the driver and front passenger to create a 52x30-inch sun roof opening — larger than any typical glass sun roof.

3-piece modular hard top system features three panels.

Engine - A new 3.8-liter overhead valve V-6 engine replaces the 4.0-liter Power-Tech in-line six engine. With 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. (325 Newton-metre) of torque, Jeep Wrangler comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces more horsepower and torque than its predecessor.

Compared to the 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, the 3.8-liter is lighter and shorter, and maintains higher torque at speeds above 3400 rpm, allowing for an expanded operating range, and, combined with an enhanced suspension, results in a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs.

For the first time in a Jeep Wrangler, an optional towing package includes a rear Dana 44 axle with a 4.10 axle ratio and trailer hitch.

Design - While staying true to the original formula, Jeep Wrangler's appearance is modern and precise, with improved fit and finish. Wrangler-signature features are refined, including classic round headlamps, a seven-slot grille, trapezoid wheel flares, exposed forged hinges, a fold-down windshield, sport bar, removable tops and doors, available full-framed or half doors, and hard and soft tops.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler is 5.5 inches wider overall, taking on a brawnier appearance.

The body features new sheet metal with a slight crown, providing a strong and robust presence.

Brakes and wheels - New four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes are standard on all 2007 Jeep Wrangler models. An off-road anti-lock-braking feature enables sustained wheel lockup for improved performance on plowable surfaces, including loose dirt, gravel, sand and mud. 

All 2007 Jeep Wrangler models incorporate larger wheels and tires than previous Wrangler models.  Standard 16-inch wheels on the Wrangler X model and 17-inch wheels on the Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon models are new for 2007. In addition, 18-inch wheels — a Wrangler first — are optional on Wrangler Sahara.

Wrangler-signature exposed forged hinges, a fold-down windshield...

Safety - Standard and optional safety and security features in the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler include (detailed standard and optional lists depend on markets and versions):

- Multi-stage Air Bag System: This system inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of an impact. It includes the occupant classification system (OCS),
- Anti-lock-braking System: Electronic sensors help detect impending wheel lockup. The ABS system offers improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions ,
- Brake Assist: The vehicle senses a panic brake condition and applies maximum braking power, providing the shortest possible stopping distance,
- Child Seat Anchor System: Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) make it easier to install compatible aftermarket child seats in the rear seat,
- Energy-absorbing Steering Column: Manual-adjust collapsing steering column includes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move relative to each other, which allows the column to move forward and provide more energy absorption during an impact,
- Electronic Stability Program: ESP aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability, providing oversteer and understeer control to maintain vehicle behavior on various road surfaces. This feature has three settings, allowing the driver more control over the vehicle during spirited driving,
- Electronic Roll Mitigation: A system that monitors the vehicle roll attitude and lateral force to estimate the potential for a rollover situation. If necessary, the engine torque is reduced and a short burst of full braking is applied to the appropriate wheel to help stabilize the vehicle attitude and reduce the vehicle's lateral force,
- Occupant Classification System: OCS Measures conditions for activation or deactivation of the passenger-side front air bag based upon the weight of the occupant,
- Pretensioners: During an impact, the impact sensors initiate front seat belt pretensioners to immediately remove slack from seat belts, which reduces the forward movement of the occupant's head and torso,
- Seat-mounted Side Air Bags: Optional seat-mounted side air bags extend protection to driver and front passenger.

Jeep Trail Rated - The Jeep Trail Rated TM  badge on the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler verifies that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, manoeuvrability, articulation and water fording.

Jeep Trail Rated is an industry-leading methodology established by the Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC) and Jeep Engineering to objectively measure and consistently predict off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Through a combination of natural and controlled field tests, as well as computer-simulated environments, Jeep Trail Rated provides a repeatable and consistent measurement of off-road performance for Jeep vehicles. Only Jeep vehicles are Trail Rated.

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