So Jeep built its own mountain, drove a redesigned Wrangler off the show stage, through the crowd, through a window (yes, through), across the street and up to the top of Jeep Mountain for all to see. That’s a sight many of Jeep’s competitors won’t enjoy, as the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler is bigger and better than ever – and available in the fall of 2006.
What it is
For 2007, much of that changes, as the Jeep Wrangler has better ground clearance, larger wheels and tires, is about five inches bigger front to back and side to side, and is powered by an improved 3.8-liter V6 engine. That engine produces 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain sits inside a frame that is, according to Jeep, 100 percent stiffer.
Why it matters
For Jeep, which has already built its name largely on Wrangler ruggedness, this upgrade is part of its continued move toward becoming a mainstream nameplate. That’s something a great number of enthusiasts are ambivalent about, when you consider cars like the Jeep Compass that aren’t intended for anything more than inching over speed bumps at the local market. But money talks and reputations walk – and, even if some complain that Jeep is getting a bit soft, there’s still the Wrangler – and, for 2007, it’s better than ever.
What’s under the hood
What it looks like
What it’s like off-road
What we think
Engine Horsepower: 205 at 5,200 rpm
Engine Torque: 240 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual (std.); Four-speed automatic (opt.)
Curb Weight: 3760 lbs. – 4,129 lbs.
Length: 152.8 inches
Width: 73.7 inches
Wheelbase: 95.4 inches
Height: 70.9 inches
Max. Seating Capacity: 5
Max. Cargo Volume: 56.5 cu.-ft. - 61.2 cu.-ft.
Competitors: Hummer H3, Kia Sorento, Nissan Xterra, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota FJ Cruiser
Photos courtesy of DaimlerChrysler