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Rugged Jeep Wrangler improved both on and off road

Jeep says you can ‘go anywhere and do anything’ with the new Wrangler- because a facelift sees improvements to both its on-road and off-road prowess.

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The famous SUV turned 80 years old this year, having first been introduced back in 1941.

And the Wrangler has lost none of its rugged charm during those eight decades. It’s arguably never been more cool, either, being proudly showcased by a host of celebs, including David Beckham and Major League Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez.

Now, fresh for 2021, Jeep has fitted its iconic vehicle with a range of tech designed to see it excel whether you’re tackling sand dunes or just nipping to Sainsbury’s.

As before, there’s a host of different guises the Wrangler can take. There are two-door and four-door variants as well as four different models to choose from - Sahara, Overland, Rubicon and a new ‘80th Anniversary’.

You’ve got a host of roof options - one of the Wrangler’s main party pieces - with a choice of either a removable hard-top, fabric roof, or the latest Sky One-Touch electrically-retracting top.

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All Wranglers are also four-wheel drive as standard.

The big news for 2021 is that the old 200 hp diesel engine has been dropped, and so every Wrangler is now powered by a 2.0-litre 272 hp petrol unit, combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

This new engine results in CO2 emission ranging between 243-251g/km, a reduction of 10g/km over the previous generation, when fitted to the Sahara, Overland and the new 80th Anniversary models, while the off-road focused Rubicon emits between 261-271g/km CO2.

When it comes to on-road driving, there’s a suite of new safety features fitted as standard across the range.

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That includes the addition of adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop and go, accident emergency braking (AEB) and auto high beam.

And off-road driving has also been enhanced. You now get Jeep’s off-road cruise control, which allows the driver to maintain a steady speed during rock crawling and other types of low speed manoeuvering.

A selectable tyre fill alert can now be set through the 8.4-inch touchscreen - ideal for off-road adventurers who deflate the tyre pressures to get grip on off road courses riddled with mud and rocks.

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Rubicon models also get some unique powertrain and chassis tuning, enabling you to tackle sand and the very rockiest of roads.

Meanwhile the range-topping Jeep Wrangler 80th Anniversary is loaded with goodies, including 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels with Granite Crystal accents, Full LED high-visibility headlights with auto high beam control, body-colour hardtop and the 80th Anniversary badge on the front wheel arches.

The interior features black leather seats with tungsten stitching and the 80th Anniversary badge, along with a leather wrapped dashboard featuring contrast stitching and Berber floor mats. There’s also a swanky 9-speaker Alpine audio system with a 552W subwoofer.

To round things off, you also get a commemorative plaque on the rear swing gate.

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A Jeep spokesperson adds:

“Like all variants in the Wrangler line-up, the 80th anniversary edition is Trail Rated – the brand’s guarantee of a model’s superior go-anywhere capability. Featuring the Jeep Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system it uses the Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case to continuously monitor and manage the torque sent to the front and rear wheels to ensure the Wrangler can master even the most challenging off-road tracks.”

The new Wrangler is available to order now.

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