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2006 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/7/2006)
Jeep’s Wrangler gets the reinvention thing down pat for the 2007 model year. And with sharper lines, more open-air options, and claimed better off-road ability, the newest Wrangler should firmly plant Jeep’s flag in new off-road territory once more.
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The Wrangler for 2007 sports a host of all-news: a new frame, a new body, a new interior, new engines, and new safety features. What hasn’t changed much is the Wrangler’s look. It’s improved, but in the way the Porsche Boxster was updated last year. The overall shape remains the same — iconic — but the lines are more crisp, the characteristics more defined, the seven-slot grille more pronounced.
Wrangler will be offered in three models — base Wrangler X,
To enhance the off-road
experience, the new Wrangler offers up a pair of four-wheel drive systems: a
version of the CommandTrac part-time system that’s featured on some X and
And to give users a better on-road experience, Jeep engineers took the newly reformatted footprint of the Wrangler and scooped out more interior room and dampened the sound more. The Wrangler’s bulked-up body boasts 4.6 inches more hip room and 5.1 inches more in shoulder room up front. In the back, it has an inch more in legroom and about four inches more in shoulder room. It’s no Unlimited but the improvements are a welcome change from the Wrangler’s sometimes-cramped cabin — as is the Ridgeline-like lockable trunk under the cargo floor.
The sole power offering in the new Wrangler is a 205-hp 3.8-liter V-6. A six-speed manual gearbox comes standard; a four-speed automatic is an option.
Safety and comfort features are light-years away from anything the Jeep’s inventors might have imagined 65 years ago when the war wagon came into being. The Wrangler gains stability control for the first time, along with dual-stage airbags and available seat-mounted side airbags. Anti-lock four-wheel-disc brakes are standard.
And maybe most important to sunny-side-up drivers is the Wrangler’s three-panel hard top system. It allows drivers and passengers to decide if they want the sun on their heads or not — and undoubtedly cuts down on noise more than the Wrangler’s available canvas top.
The new Wrangler goes on sale in the fall of 2006.