Wrangler: direct descendant of the
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
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
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
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.
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
Hot on the trails of the 2005 Jeep
Grand Cherokee and 2006
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
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.
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
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.
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.
ergonomics with a new instrument panel and
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
With dozens of different top, door and
windshield combinations, nine unique exterior colors and
17- or 18-inch wheels, the all-new 2007 Wrangler makes
it possible to customise appearance depending on customers
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon
models feature standard high-pressure monotube shocks,
utilizing Low Speed Tunable (LST) valve technology.
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
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.
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
modular hard top system features three
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
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
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.
exposed forged hinges, a fold-down
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
- 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
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.