Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.6L V6
The Wrangler is an off-road machine. I use the Helderberg Farm 4×4 trail to test 4×4 vehicles. Well, the Wrangler just wasn’t tested. It is so capable it just waltzed over the course. It is almost foolproof off-roading at its best. But loads of fun.
The Jeep Wrangler really can go anywhere, even to the ends of the earth. The wrangler we tested is the short wheelbase two door Rubicon model. The best outdoor toy a woman or man can buy, I think.
The Jeep is designed as a practical, working go-anywhere 4×4 rock hopping, trail conquering machine. Visibility is excellent.
Controls are chunky, sturdy and easy to use. It is as mud proof as a comfortable.
The interior is an excellent place for man and machine to become one. At the same time a mom with her kids will find it just dandy to go to the mall or on the morning school run.
The modern Jeeps all have the normal safety equipment including airbags and a good sound system, air-conditioner and so on.
For interior cleaning and water drainage, remove the floor drain plugs located just below the foot spaces.
You can dismantle the black plastic type roof (without tools) either partially or completely remove it to make an open Jeep like you see in the old WWII movies. Just much bigger and better than the original. The Command-Trac 4WD system is unbeatable. Rubicon has a 73.3:1 crawl ratio, allowing for a controlled 0.8km/h cruise up or down the rocks.
The Wrangler is available with a V6 “Pentastar” petrol engine or a turbodiesel with your choice of automatic or manual gearbox. I would go for the automatic diesel.
With the flip of a switch, Wrangler automatically disengages its electronic front sway bar when driving under 29km/h in 4WD 4LO mode for tremendous off-road articulation which I did not need on our 4×4 test trail. It is good to know you have it though.
Front and rear Tru-Lok® electronic locking differentials lock power and distribute it evenly between the wheels for more traction. The instrument panel-mounted rocker switch can lock either the rear or both axles.
A six-speed manual transmission comes standard on Sport and Rubicon. The Wrangler Electronic Throttle Control system’s special off-road calibration is designed to help the driver “feather in” the throttle over uneven terrain, logs and rocks.
Wrangler’s hill descent control with grade sensing allows a smooth and controlled hill descent on rough or slippery terrain without the driver needing to touch the brake pedal. This system applies the brakes to each wheel individually when needed to reduce forward motion while negotiating down steep grades. Hill start assist helps when starting from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal.
Wrangler’s Tyre Pressure Monitoring System regularly checks inflation levels for optimal safety, security, performance and fuel economy. If the levels are off, a warning light will illuminate on the instrument panel.
The Wrangler deals with highways as easily as it does jeep tracks. Power steering and superb all round visibility makes parking a breeze.
Electronic Roll Mitigation uses innovative motion sensors that determine when a rollover may occur and applies braking force to the correct wheel or wheels to reduce the likelihood of such an accident. Other accident avoidance features include: all-speed traction control with special calibrations for driving in 4WD 4LO; antilock brake system with a unique rough road detection system; brake assist system, which applies maximum braking power during panic braking; and multiple available four-wheel drive systems.
The Rubicon3.6L V6 M6 (209kw and 347Nm) as tested is R416 910. The diesel Sahara 2.8L CRD A5 (147 kW and 460Nm) is R440 910.
The Long wheel base 4 door versions are about R22 000 more and may be the more practical options if you have a family.
Warranty against defects and faulty workmanship for 3 years or 100 000 km.