Don’t worry. Jeep promises the same sort of off-road capability as you’d get from the 2007 Jeep Wrangler. According to Jeep, it’s just as capable, if not more so, when it comes to off-roading, with 20 inches more in length. As with the 2007 Wrangler, the Unlimited features superb ground clearance, approach and departure angles, enhanced Dana front and rear solid axles, and available Command-Trac and Rock-Trac transfer cases, new electric axle lockers, and electronic-disconnecting front sway bar. Like its smaller brother, the Unlimited features an open-air design, with removable doors, and, according to Jeep, the most cargo space ever offered in a Wrangler. Built on a 116-inch wheelbase (added onto the 2007 Wrangler’s 95.4 inch wheelbase) the extra room is most noticeable in the back, with a larger rear seat and more leg, hip and shoulder room. There’s also a standard 60/40 split fold-flat rear seat. As with the regular Wrangler, the Unlimited comes with two-or four-wheel-drive capability, and the same five-link solid-axle suspension setup. As with the Wrangler, the Unlimited will be offered in three models: Unlimited X, Sahara and Rubicon. Power and safety features are also the same as the 2007 Wrangler, with a 3.8-liter V6 engine making 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Safety equipment standard on all Wranglers include Electronic Stability Program (ESP), electronic roll mitigation and Occupant Classification System (OCS). Seat-mounted side air bags are optional.
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