2019 Jeep Wrangler: pricing and spec
The new Jeep Wrangler raises the bar, including on price.
On sale in Australia from April, the JL-Series Wrangler will land offering three trim levels – Sport S, Overland and Rubicon - in two body styles and with two engine options.
Better equipped but coming with a significant price rise over the previous generation off-roader, pricing for the Sport S entry-level variant – which replaces the previous Sport grade – is priced from $48,950 plus on-road costs with two doors and $53,450 with four, a price rise of almost $10,000 over the previous entry-level Wrangler.
However, the new Wrangler is an auto-only affair with no manual in sight, coming as standard in all but the most expensive Rubicon model with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission mated to a 3.6-litre petrol V6 motor producing 209kW and 347Nm.
Braked towing capacity increases to 2495kg (four-door) and 1497kg (two-door) while fuel efficiency has improved 13 per cent.
Standard equipment on the Sport S consists of 17-inch alloy wheels, fabric seat trim, 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, automatic headlights, rear-view camera with rear parking sensors, push-start ignition, leather steering and a black softtop roof.
Jeep was unable to secure autonomous emergency braking as standard in base grade form, a criticism when it scored a poor one-star EuroNCAP rating late last year. It will include the technology, along with other safety features, in Overland and Rubicon models however, and models are yet to be assessed by ANCAP that will not carry over the European rating.
The mid-spec Overland is priced from $58,450 and $62,950 for two- and four-door models respectively, and comes standard with AEB, adaptive cruise control with stop (not go), blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Further enhancements include a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen display, 18-inch alloy wheels, body-colour hardtop with Freedom Panels, LED head and taillights and front parking sensors.
The top-spec Rubicon will arrive with only four-doors and is the most expensive Wrangler ever offered in Australia, missing out on the two-door model available in the US. It comes equipped with the petrol V6 motor at $63,950 or a Fiat-sourced 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine mated to the same eight-speed auto from $68,950 plus on-road costs.
True to its heritage, the Rubicon trail-tested off-roader comes with a more advanced Rock-Trac 4x4 system, locking front and rear differentials, disconnecting front stabiliser bars, heavy-duty axles, rock sliders and a winch-compatible steel front bumper.
It is further differentiated by a bonnet decal, unique 17-inch alloys, off-road pages menu in the infotainment system, a nine-speaker sound system, remote start and removable black hard-top.
Jeep says there are more than 130 MOPAR factory accessories available to further enhance any model in the range.
2019 Jeep Wrangler pricing (plus on-road costs):
Sport S two-door petrol - $48,950
Sport S four-door petrol - $53,450
Overland two-door petrol - $58,450
Overland four-door petrol - $62,950
Rubicon four-door petrol - $63,950
Rubicon four-door diesel - $68,950
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…