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2024 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler 4xe Get Focused Upgrades

2024 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler 4xe Get Focused Upgrades


Purebred off-road machines just like the Jeep Wrangler are inclined to evolve on a geologic timescale, which is acceptable as a result of the Wrangler is constructed to excel when pushed over precise geology. It is a “strong axles, meet strong rock,” type of factor. It is due to this fact no shock that the mid-cycle refresh utilized to the 2024 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangle 4xe hasn’t modified the panorama a lot. In reality, we might be shocked in the event you may spot the adjustments from 10 paces. However the adjustments are there, and although they’re refined, they’re significant nonetheless and for a variety of causes.

Resized slots

It begins on the entrance, the place the vertical dimension of the slots within the grille has been shortened, with a thicker rim of body-color paint now outlining the trademark seven-slot array. By itself, this tweak would cut back airflow to the radiators, which should help powertrains together with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the Rubicon 392’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, and a largely carryover 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. To compensate, the beforehand painted ridges between the slots have been opened up to allow them to admit extra cooling air.

This variation was not made for the sake of a mere facelift. As an alternative, it is a useful outgrowth of a brand new factory-installed Warn winch that is now accessible—a primary for the Wrangler. Although its decrease profile has been tailor-made to suit the Wrangler, it however would have protruded up into the previous grille’s airflow. Warn and Jeep additionally collaborated on small adjustments required to go Jeep’s internal-performance and environmental-durability requirements, together with a reformulation of the winch’s inside grease. For its half, Jeep made alterations to the help construction of the entrance bumper. The end result: a totally crash-tested, factory-installed 8000-pound Warn winch you’ll be able to add to any steel-bumper-equipped Rubicon mannequin by checking a $1995 field on the order sheet.

Altered axle

Although the grille ensures the usual 3.6-liter V-6’s cooling system can address an elevated tow ranking of 5000 kilos, the replace that enabled that 1500-pound improve is hidden elsewhere. The Rubicon’s rear axle now employs a full-floating design as an alternative of a semi-floating one. Relatively than being one conjoined half, the rear axle shafts now “float” individually from the wheel hubs. There is not any palpable change to the Rubicon’s experience or off-road efficiency, however this alteration improves the camber stiffness, total sturdiness, and path repairability of the rear axle. Along with enabling the next tow ranking, the Rubicon’s customary “full floater” additionally lessens the reliability peril related to becoming bigger aftermarket tires.

Willys evolves

One of many extra seen adjustments pertains to the Willys package deal, which is now way more succesful (to not point out costly) than earlier than as a result of it has been upgraded with 33-inch Rubicon-spec BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, rock rails, and an ordinary electronically locking rear differential. Huge-stance axles and the Rubicon’s high-riding fenders come together with this alteration, making for a significantly tougher-looking and better-performing mixture than earlier than. However that harder, taller stance additionally brings each improved floor clearance and method/departure/breakover angles. Costing some $6000 lower than a Rubicon, the Willys evolves from a funds look package deal to a compelling off-road alternative that is accessible as a two-door with a stick shift all the way in which as much as a four-door 4xe mannequin.

New customary touchscreen

Climb inside any 2024 Wrangler to see its most blatant replace: a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It is properly built-in into the mildly restyled sprint, which incorporates horizontally arrayed middle air-conditioning vents beneath the display screen that mix right into a recontoured passenger seize bar. The perfect half: The mondo display screen is customary throughout the board, from the lowliest $33,690 two-door Sport as much as the $89,390 (!) Rubicon 392. Constructed-in navigation is not accessible till you get to the Sahara mannequin, however wi-fi telephone mirroring and the app-based navigation it permits comes on all trims. The manufacturing unit navigation system does produce other benefits, together with built-in Badge of Honor path steerage and implementation of the Trails Offroad trail-library utility that operates from cached knowledge in locations the place mobile service is absent.

We had been doubtful of the massive display screen at first as a result of the Wrangler is, at its core, a convertible. However the show is robustly backlit, to the purpose the place it was straightforward to learn with the highest and doorways off whereas the solar streamed in over our shoulder. If something, the transition from the deep shade of an underpass to full daylight made it much more spectacular. There’s additionally a outstanding finger relaxation throughout the highest and alongside the passenger-side edge, making it straightforward to brace your hand when you make choices—a boon on uneven terrain.

A mixture of seen and hidden adjustments makes the brand new Wrangler quieter than earlier than. The quaint exterior wire antenna that used to whistle at pace and wobble when pushed by brush is historical past, lastly changed by an in-glass windshield antenna. In the meantime, the Premium Cabin package deal that comes free of charge on Excessive Altitude, Rubicon X, and Rubicon 392 fashions features a windshield encompass full of further insulation, in addition to entrance facet home windows created from dual-pane laminated glass. The advantages of the brand new antenna setup had been apparent, but it surely’ll take a sound meter and our take a look at observe to quantify the opposite advantages.

Additionally inside, reengineered entrance seats with 12-way energy adjustment—which did not exist beforehand as a result of their controls should function and survive when underwater, as they are often at full fording depth with the doorways off—can be found on the Sahara and up. The opposite inside change is much less apparent however doubtlessly extra important. Aspect-curtain rollover airbags have now been integrated into the slim covers that conceal the rollover construction. They do have an unintentional facet profit: their barely rectangular form makes it simpler to seize onto the rollover construction to hoist your self aboard.

PHEVs for you and me

Past that, the opposite sweeping important change is the expanded availability of the 4xe plug-in-hybrid powertrain. Regardless of a piddling 22-mile electrical vary and not-great gasoline-only gasoline economic system, the Wrangler 4xe is the bestselling PHEV in the US. The 4xe powertrain can also be the preferred alternative within the present Wrangler lineup, representing 38 % of gross sales in 2023’s first quarter. That state of affairs appears set to speed up, as a result of the 2024 4xe lineup now contains an entry-level Sport S mannequin for $51,790, with the off-road-focused Willys, Rubicon, and Rubicon X beginning at $56,530, $62,380, and $70,880, respectively. In the meantime, on the extra civilized facet, the 4xe Sahara goes for $58,640, whereas the loaded-to-the-gunwales Excessive Altitude 4xe instructions $68,790.

Out on ragged sandstone, our 33-inch-tired 4xe Willys four-door (the Limitless moniker was quietly retired on the finish of 2022) proved the value of this quiet and torquey powertrain as we motored silently over tens of millions of years of nature’s jumbled handiwork. The skid plate defending the underhanging battery pack touched down a couple of times, however a gas-burning four-door Rubicon could have performed likewise as a result of the 2 fashions’ floor clearance and breakover-angle specs nearly precisely match. The 2024 replace contains many welcome comfort, consolation, and security upgrades, however the bottom-line off-road expertise hasn’t suffered one bit. In reality, issues are considerably higher from the place we sit, in a vastly improved Willys that is accessible as a gas-fed mannequin or with the favored 4xe powertrain.

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2024 Jeep Wrangler

Car Sort: front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 2- or 5-passenger, 2- or 4-door convertible


Base: Sport/Sport S/Willys 2-door, $33,690; Sport/Sport S/Willys 4-door, $37,690; Rubicon/Rubicon X 2-door, $47,190; Sahara 4-door, $49,620; Rubicon/Rubicon X 4-door, $51,190; Sport S 4xe, $51,790; Willys 4xe, $56,530; Sahara 4xe, $58,640; Rubicon/Rubicon X 4xe, $62,380; Excessive Altitude 4xe, $68,790; Rubicon 392, $89,390


turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 270 hp, 295 lb-ft; DOHC 24-valve 3.6-liter V-6, 285 hp, 260 lb-ft; turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 270 hp, 295 lb-ft + AC motor, 134 hp, 181 lb-ft (mixed output: 375 hp, 470 lb-ft; 14.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack (C/D est); 7.2-kW onboard charger); pushrod 16-valve 6.4-liter V-8, 470 hp, 470 lb-ft


6-speed handbook, 8-speed computerized 


Wheelbase: 96.8–118.4 in

Size: 166.8–192.5 in

Width: 73.9–79.3 in

Top: 73.6–75.5 in

Passenger Quantity, F/R: 54–57/45–52 ft3

Cargo Quantity, Behind F/R: 67–72/28–32 ft3

Curb Weight (C/D est): 4050–5300 lb


60 mph: 4.0–7.5 sec

1/4-Mile: 12.5–15.5 sec

Prime Pace: 97–112 mph


Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 14–21/13–20/16–21 mpg

4xe Mixed Gasoline + Electrical energy: 49 MPGe

4xe EV Vary: 22 mi

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Technical Editor

Dan Edmunds was born into the world of vehicles, however not the way you would possibly assume. His father was a retired racing driver who opened Autoresearch, a race-car-building store, the place Dan minimize his tooth as a steel fabricator. Engineering college adopted, then SCCA Showroom Inventory racing, and that mixture landed him suspension growth jobs at two totally different automakers. His writing profession started when he was picked up by Edmunds.com (no relation) to construct a testing division.



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