Popular off-roading brand Jeep India on Wednesday announced the launch of its Wrangler SUV, which is now made in India. The new Wrangler can be availed for a starting price of Rs 53.90 lakh (Ex-Showroom) which is quite a bit cheaper than the earlier pricing for the SUV.
The price drop is around Rs 10 lakh, aided by local assembly. As of now, the petrol model will be sold in the country, with two variants, namely Unlimited and Rubicon, the hardcore version being available in India. Deliveries for the new Wrangler will commence from today.
The Wrangler marks the initialisation of the SKD route, which sees Jeep assembling cars locally in India, with the SUV being manufactured at the FCA plant in Ranjangaon, Pune. The Compass, Jeep’s Compact SUV also makes use of certain parts that are localised.
According to the company, it aims to bring the local assembly of the Grand Cherokee SUV, so as to try and cut prices of the rather expensive offering.
For Power, the Jeep Wrangler continues to make use of the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol which can churn out 262 hp of power and 400 Nm. The transmission option includes an 8-speed automatic. Jeep has added a start-stop system to the powertrain for enhancing the fuel economy of the SUV.
Certain key features include automatic headlights, the 80th anniversary badging, massive 18-inch wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity features, steering wheel with audio controls, and leather finish dash.
The higher-spec Wrangler Rubicon version also features an additional Rocktrac 4×4 system, 17-inch tyres, Tru-Lok differentials, LED headlights, removable doors, and Rubicon hood decals.
For those of you unaware, previously the launch of the car was slated to take place on 15th of March but this was delayed due to unconfirmed reasons. The SUV is meant to take on the likes of the Land Rover Defender and the G 350D from Mercedes.