History on Wheels

With a history dating back to the second World War, the Jeep is one of the oldest mass-produced vehicles around. And, with all-new comfort and convenience added to its enigmatic style, the Jeep Wrangler remains popular for its hardy off-roading abilities, as well as its suave and cool disposition. We share our Wrangler experience with you, courtesy of the team from Grand Central Motors Midrand.

The Concept:

The most capable Wrangler ever, the newest versions of this iconic vehicle recently hit South African showrooms, offered in Sahara and Rubicon models, with two or four door configurations.

The Looks:

If you ever played with toy cars as a kid, you will recognise this legendary vehicle – from the familiar slotted grille, perfect round headlamps, and sturdy, boxy body, to the impressive tyres and imposing stature. The Jeep Wrangler looks exactly like we want it to look – strong, solid, and unafraid.

The Feel:

For a fourth-generation model, the new Jeep Wrangler feels the same (thankfully), but also just a little lighter. Weighing less than its predecessors, this latest iteration has less bulk to lug around, leaving you feeling confident, self-assured, and slightly cheeky about the vehicle’s capabilities. Still, it sits comfortably, is generously spaced, and feels as special as it looks to pilot.

The Features:

Available as either the Sahara or Rubicon models, the new Wrangler allows you to choose your off-roading poison. The Sahara has a powerful engine, skid plates, wash-out interior and superior 4X4 system. The Rubicon version adds just a little more flair, with a rugged – yet refined – interior that is as elegant as it is functional. Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Uconnect multimedia system and leather seats, the Wrangler is also fitted with numerous safety features and convenience elements. This includes advance multistage airbags, keyless entry, auto dimming rearview mirror, heated exterior mirrors, automatic braking, and more!

The Drive:

With a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine under the hood, the Wrangler Sahara is driven to produce 209 kW of power and 347 Nm of torque, and – using a smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox – proves to be more than capable at city driving, carting the kids around, taking your girls out on much-needed nights out, or – for the more daring amongst us – crunching rocks and tackling off-road tracks. A vehicle like this drives the way we expect it to – with confidence and assertive power. It’s not the smooth, soft SUV ride you will get in less off-road focused vehicles, but that’s what we like about it!

The Score:

New models of the Sahara Wrangler cost around R860 000, with the top-of-the-range Rubicon tipping the scales at R915 000. For all this vehicle can do, we score it at 9 crowns out of 10!

Where to Find It:

The stunning new Jeep Wrangler is on show at Jeep Midrand: www.grandcentralmotorscjd.co.za – you have to see it, to believe it!

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