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June 29, 2012: In a tussle to grab the bigger market share, Fiat India has been trying everything it can from dealer expansion to introduction of new brands and vehicles. Introduction of the iconic Jeep brand is considered to be one of the biggest decisions taken by Fiat India. Initially the company is planning to launch its two flagship products Grand Cherokee and Wrangler to India, while compact Cherokee will come an year later. Jeep Wrangler which is doing test-runs in India for quite sometime now, has been caught once again on Mumbai Streets. The wrangler will be powered by a 2.8-litre diesel mill, capable of producing the power output of 200bhp and 460Nm of torque. Initially, the Wrangler will be brought as CBU, so it would cost around Rs 20-25 lakh, once the local production starts, the prices will come down.
American car manufacture Jeep has announced about the launch of its famous sports utility vehicle Jeep Wrangler in the Indian car market. However, the date of the launch is not officially announced, but it is expected that it comes sometime later this year. It redefines the true definition of adventure. The robust design with powerful mechanics liberate the ultimate power within. The iconic framework marks a huge on-road presence with the huge wheels and tall boy design. The company is going to give it a purposeful appearance with its unique hood, black tail lamp guards, rock rails, bumpers and fuel filler door. It will design with advanced technologies to explore the unexplored corners of earth. The best in class ground clearance helps it to head out onto any uneven terrain with confidence. It is embedded with a trail rated traction system that enables it to climb on snowy back roads, icy bridges, sand dunes, muddy tracks and the works. The car's body design conveys a signature of premium rugged look with its macho man style and would be the first preference for robust adventure freaks. This bruiser is a raw aggressive throwback that redefines an authentic ride. The new redefined model is more frugal, spacious and has been kept much lighter. As per speculation, it is going to launch with the same engine option, which is running on the roads of other global markets. According to the main website, it is going to come with a powerful 3.0-litre diesel engine, which has the displacement capacity of about 2987cc. this power plant is going to integrate with six cylinders, which allows the SUV to deliver a power packed performance and decent mileage on every conditions. This engine can generate a maximum power of 215bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 510Nm. It is expected that this engine will be cleverly mated with an eight speed automatic transmission gear box. Probably it will come to Indian car market with both two wheel and four wheel drive options for the buyers to select from. It has a reliable braking mechanism, which is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. There will be another aspects like hill start assist and traction control that adds to the advantage. As far as suspension mechanism is concerned, it is quite proficient and keeps the vehicle well balanced at all times. This system is further improved by electronic stability control and trailer sway damping.
Speculated to be out soon, it promises to take the luxury car owning experience a little further. It is designed by some of the finest American craftsmen, it adorns a seductive outfit that has plenty of aerodynamic cues all over its body. The aggressive look is made marvelous with the acoustic windscreen. It is scientifically designed to deliver extreme rock climbing ability. Technology is consolidated at its core, that is much research is done to enhance its strength, power and controlling mechanism. The raw look is imparted via the body on frame design technique that has been implemented in this sports utility vehicle. The extra tough body mounted rails provide additional rocker panel protection. The durability to this design is basically imparted from heavy shafts, stiff housing, large pinion bearings and other heavy duty solid axles. Its front facade is designed with an aggressive radiator grille, which is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster, which is expected to be incorporated with high intensity lamps and side turn indicator. The large bumper houses an air intake section for cooling the engine and it is flanked by a pair of bright fog lamps.
like its international version, the India-bound SUV is expected to be spacious enough to accommodate five passengers. It provides ample leg space along with head room for all, which helps in giving a pleasurable driving experience. The seats not only do the basic work of providing comfort, but go one step further in ensuring you are seated in a cocoon of comfort. Every bit of the interiors boasts of high quality trim work and showcases best in class fit and finish. It also has an advanced infotainment unit with touchscreen display, auto dimming inside rear view mirror, dual zone automatic climate control and many other such aspects. In terms of features, the cabin is bestowed with a lot of innovative aspects, which are an adaptive cruise control with braking guard, which has intelligent automatic speed and distance control system for added comfort. It helps in maintaining required distance to vehicle ahead by braking and accelerating using radar system.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to come with a rugged body structure and it is expected to be available with both hard and soft top versions. This vehicle looks a bit intimidating owing to its masculine body structure and a lot of rugged styling aspects. The rear end of this vehicle has a distinctive design with tail light cluster, which is powered by LED based brake and reverse lights, turn indicators along with courtesy lamps. The company has embedded variant badging, thick chrome strip and a license plate console on the large tail gate. The body colored bumper is quite sleek and it is fitted with a black cladding for preventing it from damages and it also accompanied by a pair of chrome plated exhaust pipes. The bumper houses a couple of reflectors along with an additional brake light. Its side profile inherits the iconic classy design with precisely molded wheel arches and silver protective molding, which prevents it from any minor damages. Its A and B pillars have been garnished in high gloss black, whereas window sill is in chrome finish. The door handles along with ORVM (outside rear view mirrors) and fenders have been treated in body color, whereas the lower cladding gets a black finish. These external wing mirrors are electrically adjustable and are integrated with LED side turn indicators. The wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a classy set of stylish 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which will offers superior grip on any road conditions. On the other hand, its frontage look quite aggressive with a perforated radiator grille, which is garnished in black color scheme. It is fitted with a lot of horizontal slats and embossed with a prominent company logo at the tip of the bonnet. Its bonnet is flat and complimented by a few character lines. This grille is flanked by round shaped headlight cluster that houses high intensity headlamps along with side turn indicator. Just below this, it has a dual tone bumper and it is accompanied by a silver finished protective cladding along with an under guard for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. This bumper houses a large air intake section for cooling the powerful engine quickly. This air dam is surrounded by a pair of elegantly designed fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver, especially in bad weather conditions. It is accompanied by a black nudge guard, which protects the vehicle from damages. The windscreen is pretty large and gives a proper view ahead. It is made of toughened laminated glass, which is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. When all these features will put together, the company is going to give one of the best looking vehicle in this segment.
The company has designed this sports utility vehicle with generous ground clearance of 259mm, which makes it capable for off-roading. It has a long wheelbase of 2423mm, which ensures a spacious cabin for accommodating all passengers. The overall length and width are 3881mm and 1871 (with both external wing mirrors) respectively. The overall height of its soft top version is about 1826mm, while hard top variants come with 1800mm of decent height.
Ed's take: The interiors of the Wrangler are simple and basic. The fit and finish is good, but the quality could have been better.
The internal cabin of this upcoming SUV series is expected to be extremely spacious and provides enough leg space along with head and shoulder room for all occupants. The cabin is done up in a dual tone scheme, which is further complimented by a lot of chrome and wood inserts. It has a black smooth dashboard, which is equipped with attractive central and floor console along with an AC unit, infotainment system and several control switches of this sports utility vehicle. The advanced instrument cluster is equipped with two round shaped meters and a multi-information display that provides proper information to the driver, while traveling. It is equipped with various features like digital tachometer, outside temperature display, fuel levels, trip-computer, a digital clock and several notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. Its driver oriented cockpit comes with a commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches, which are easy to reach. Its steering wheel comes with four way manual adjustment function and it is wrapped with premium leather upholstery. This is mounted with illuminated control switches and decorated with the company's emblem in the center. In addition to these, it is also incorporated with several utility based aspects provided inside the cabin. The list includes two individual front center armrests, inside rear view mirror, storage compartment, drink holders, bottle chiller and a couple of accessory power socket for charging mobile and other electronic devices. In terms of seating, the company has designed its seats ergonomically and comes with excellent support all the way from neck to thigh. All the seats will be covered with premium leather upholstery, which will further add to the elegance of its interiors. The front individual seats have eight way electrical adjustment facility along with memory setting that adds to the comfort level.
This upcoming off-roader is expected to be fitted with a lot of comfort features, which certainly provides a pleasurable driving experience to the occupants. Not only this, it is going to come with almost all features, which are available in the global markets. It has a proficient automatic air conditioning system with dual zone climate control. It also features air quality control and heater. The presence of rear AC vents keeps the ambiance pleasant by regulating the air temperature. The auto cruise control helps in maintaining a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. The cabin is incorporated with a premium sound system, which also has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This music system is also compatible with USB interface, Aux-in port, i-Pod connectivity and speakers for enhancing the ambiance of its cabin. It supports CD player, radio with AM/FM tuner, iPod connectivity, remote control and so on. The cabin is blessed with surround camera system along with rear view camera, which helps in easier parking. It also has front and rear parking aid along with parallel and perpendicular park assist for additional safety. Apart from these, there are several other features provided inside like auto dimming inside rear view mirror, premium carpet mats, push button engine start, dual front sun visors featuring vanity mirror and power steering with electrically adjustable steering column. This vehicle is also furnished with electrically adjustable front seats with memory settings along with split folding rear seats that adds to the convenience. It also has lane departure warning, blind spot monitor with closing vehicle sensing and reverse traffic detection system. In addition to these, its top end trim is blessed with features like electric sunroof, keyless entry function, front central console cooled chubby box, heating function for front and rear seats.
This vehicle comes with a spacious internal cabin, which can easily accommodate five passengers. It provides ample leg space and head room for all and gives a pleasurable driving experience. The company has given it a large boot compartment, which can be further increased by folding its rear seat. At the same time, for planning longer journeys, it has a large fuel tank, which can store up to 75 litres of diesel in it.
It is expected to be mated with an eight speed automatic transmission gear box, which enables the motor to be good at acceleration and pick up. It could attain a top speed in the range of 170 to 190 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 12-15 seconds from a standstill.
Ed's take: The engine performance is good too, and this torque is sufficient to drive on the road or even to pull it out during off-roading.
As per speculation, this sports utility vehicle will come with a 3.0-litre diesel engine that has a displacement capacity of 2987cc. It is complaint with Euro V emission norms and comprises of six cylinders along with twenty four valves using DOHC (double overhead camshaft) based valve configuration. The company has not announced about the gear box, but it is expected that this motor will be coupled with an eight speed automatic gear box. It distributes the engine power to its two or four wheels, depending on the variants. It can churn out a peak power of 215bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 510Nm, which is quite good for driving on Indian roads.
Ed's take: The mileage of the Jeep is what the buyer will look at, because it is an off-road machine not meant for daily usage.
Its 3.0-litre diesel engine is expected to be incorporated with a direct injection fuel supply system, which enhances the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. It allows the SUV to produce a maximum mileage of 12.5 Kmpl approximately on the highways, while its fuel economy goes down to 9 Kmpl, when it is driven on the city roads, because of frequent gear changes and traffic conditions.
This powerful diesel motor has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 215bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 510Nm, which will be quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions.
Ed's take: The Wrangler comes with in-dash music system, steering mounted audio and even cruise control.
It is expected to be fitted with a highly proficient infotainment system with 5-inch touchscreen display. Beside this, it is likely to get nineteen Harman Kardon speakers with Subwoofer as well. This music system supports several media formats including MP3, USB interface, Aux-in port and so on. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with a navigation system that helps to choose a right direction. In addition to these, this model series also gets a leather wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient to the driver. It is mounted with audio and call control buttons along with cruise control. The company has also given a seven inch LCD display for instrument cluster along with tachometer. Buyers who look to purchase this vehicle can customize its interiors with several styling features including premium leather upholstery with contrast top-stitching, wood inserts in doors and dashboard, floor carpets and illuminated scuff plates. While its exteriors can be personalized with aspects like stylish body decals, nudge guard with additional lights, bonnet scoops, diffusers and chrome plated tailpipe system.
Ed's take: The brakes and handling of the Wrangler are good, however the heavy weight takes some time for it to stop.
It is expected that the company will give this vehicle an efficient braking mechanism along with reliable suspension mechanism, which keeps it stable at all times. Its front and rear wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, which is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It is also equipped with an electronic stability program along with active rollover protection that adds to the advantage. On the other hand, both axles are assembled with an active damping type of suspension mechanism. It is further assisted by traction control and trailer sway damping control system. Then the cabin is incorporated with a rack and pinion based electric power assisted steering wheel, which is quite responsive. This tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel is speed sensitive and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
Ed's take: The safety features on the Jeep Wrangler are airbag and ABS.
The company might launch this vehicle with a number of protective aspects, which eventually provides a stress free driving experience to the passengers. According to the main website, this yet to be launched vehicle is incorporated with a lot of safety aspects that ensures better security of its occupants as well as vehicle. It comes with a rigid body structure that has crumple zones as well as side impact protection beams, which helps in minimizing the impact in case of a collision takes place. It is being offered with airbags that safeguards the passengers in the event of an accident. The advanced engine immobilizer safeguards the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry into it. It has an advanced instrument panel that displays notifications of driver seat belt, low fuel consumption and door ajar, which keeps the driver alert. It is incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist as well. It prevents from wheel locking in case of sudden brakes are applied, especially on slippery roads. Another key aspect is the electronic stability program along with active rollover protection that is a big plus point. There are child safety locks available on the rear doors for an enhanced security of children. The cabin is incorporated with a day and night anti glare internal rear view mirror, while there are seat belts offered for all its occupants. In addition to these, it also has auto speed lock, rear defogger, downhill assist control, jam protection on all power windows, a high mounted stop lamp, hill start assist control, a centrally located fuel tank and a central locking system that gives maximum protection to the occupants. The parking assist system with rear camera as well as sensors enables the driver to park it safely.
The flared up wheel arches are might be fitted with an elegant set of 16 or 17 inch alloy wheels, depending on the variants. It enhances the look of its side profile and gives sporty look. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which ensure a superior grip on any road conditions. The company has also given it a full size spare wheel with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It will be a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Enough head and shoulder space for all passengers along with well cushioned seats.
2. Presence of ESP along with trailer sway damping control system is a big plus point.
3. Decent ground clearance of 259mm makes it capable for dealing with any terrains.
4. Reliable engine performance with decent acceleration and pick up.
5. Braking and suspension mechanism is quite reliable.
1. Navigation system can be given as standard feature.
2. There is still scope of improving its interior design.
3. Engine noise, vibration and harshness can be reduced.
4. Fuel economy can be made better.
5. Initial cost of ownership is going to be quite expensive.