Along with the perennial Porsche 911, the Jeep Wrangler is perhaps the most recognizable vehicle on the planet. Its rugged styling and genuine go-anywhere capability forge the fact that it has been around for 70 years. The Wrangler is still the best out-of-the-box choice for four-wheeling enthusiasts around, and it doesn't tend to change much from year to year. The current model, chassis code JK, sees just a few changes for the 2015 model year.
There are some updates
Updates for 2015 have mostly to do with the audio system. Both the 8-speaker and available 9-speaker setups gain new 2.5-inch tweeters high on the dash and a retuned overhead audio bar. The subwoofer, when equipped with the Alpine premium audio package, has been redesigned in a new sealed unit and moved toward a more central location. These changes improve sound quality in the Wrangler, a common buyer complaint in recent years. Other small updates include a new Torx Tool, ratchet and pouch for easier removal of the hard and soft tops, as well as a new 16-inch black steel wheel design wrapped in Bridgestone Dueler tires.
Colors and Special Editions
As for available paint shades, it's out with the old and in with the new in a big way. Last year's colors of Amped, Granite Crystal, Copperhead Pearl, Flame Red, and Dune have all been dropped, but new colors for 2015 include Tank, Copper Brown Pearl, Plum Crazy Pearl, Firecracker Red, Sunset Orange, and Baja Yellow. The range-topping Rubicon model will be available in new Hard Rock Edition package with special badging and accents to go along with the Rubicon X gear package and premium audio system. Last year's popular Freedom Edition will make a reappearance with Jeep donating a portion of every sale for this special package to the USO.
Power once again comes from Chrysler's Ward's 10 Best Engine winning Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, here making 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque. A long-rumored diesel variant of the Wrangler hasn't materialized just yet, though it may be in the cards as soon as 2016 as the new Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel has proven popular with buyers.
All Wranglers feature full-time 4WD, with Jeep's Command Trac 4x4 system offering locking differentials both front and rear with the ability to create an even 50/50 torque split or vary based on traction needs. Jeep's available Rock Trac system on the Rubicon features a low-range 4:1 gear ratio mode and crawl speed mode so that greater torque is available at the sheels when traversing difficult obstacles. Buyers will once again have the choice of a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission.
With a standard soft top and available black or body-color hard tops, the Wrangler is available in standard 2-door and 4-door Unlimited configurations at each trim level. The doors are still removable, the design remains what you're used to, and the Wrangler is more capable than it's ever been.
Jeep is now taking orders for the new 2015 Wrangler with deliveries set to begin on September 1. Pricing for the base Sport starts at $22,595 for the 2-door and $26,395 for the 4-door. At the top of the range lies the tricked-out Rubicon, starting from $31,395 for the 2-door and $35,195 for the 4-door.