New Jeep Wrangler will be developed to withstand Aussie conditions
Jeep has confirmed that it conducted local testing of the new Jeep Wrangler before it goes on sale later this year. The American brand sent two Wrangler prototypes – a two door Rubicon version powered by the all-new 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 201kW and 400Nm of torque and a four-door Rubicon version powered by FiatChrysler’s 213kW and 353Nm 3.6 litre petrol V6.
Jeep executives flew in from the US and based themselves in Alice Springs, where the objective of the testing was to identifying the correct suspension calibration for future Australian-bound Wranglers and to ensure they could withstand the heat of the Aussie sun. These tests ranged from high speed bursts on corrugated ruts, soft sand and low range rock climbs.
“Australia presents some incredibly unique driving environments so it was in our best interest to visit and understand if there were some new learnings that we could apply to the development of the new Wrangler – specifically for this market,” Wrangler program manager John Adams said.
The Australian testing is in addition to 6.2 million kilometres of car torture that includes stints in the Alaska for -40 degrees Celsius and the Arizona desert for months at a time. Jeep also put the Wrangler through its paces in other popular markets such as China, Brazil, India and Russia.
FCA Australia CEO and Head of Jeep brand for the Asia Pacific region, Steve Zanlunghi, said that this development program highlighted Jeep’s commitment to the Australian market.
“Thanks to feedback from our customers and dealer network, we have been in discussion with our US headquarters for some time now regarding local testing of our vehicles.
“Last month’s program is a clear illustration of our commitment to providing our customers with vehicles that are not only fit for purpose, but exceed their expectations when it comes to quality, comfort and an exceptional driving experience no matter how demanding the conditions.”