Changes for the 2015 Jeep Wrangler:
Jeep adds a new 8-speaker sound system with overhead sound bar as standard equipment on the 2015 Wrangler, along with a Torx tool kit to help when removing the Wrangler’s roof, doors, and bumper end caps. A new premium audio system is also available.
New colors for 2015 include Tank, Sunset Orange, Copper Brown, Baja Yellow, and Firecracker Red. Black 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 31-inch off-road tires are offered for Sport models, and a new Rubicon Hard Rock Edition debuts this year, essentially last year’s Rubicon X but equipped with the new premium audio system and a black-painted grille.
The 2015 Jeep Wrangler lineup includes a standard Wrangler 2-door and a long-wheelbase Wrangler Unlimited 4-door model. Initially, both Wrangler models will be available in Sport, Willys Wheeler, Sahara, Rubicon, and Rubicon Hard Rock trim levels. The Freedom Edition is slated to return, too, and for every one sold Jeep will donate $250 to the United Service Organizations (USO) as a part of its Jeep Operation Safe Return initiative.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard in every Wrangler, along with 4-wheel drive. Thanks to 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, the Wrangler is ready to romp when you are. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard for all models, with a 5-speed automatic available as an option.
All Wranglers include Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and Sway Bar Disconnect systems. If you’re looking for the most rugged Wrangler, the Rubicon models feature a Rock-Trac transfer case, Tru-Lok front and rear locking differentials, a 4:1 low range gear ratio, and, with the manual gearbox, a 73.1:1 crawl ratio. Mud and terrain tires are also standard for the Rubicon.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
It doesn’t matter which model you select, which transmission you choose, or which 4WD system is installed in your new Jeep Wrangler. The EPA says you can count on getting 18 mpg in combined driving.
Aside from assigning the Wrangler a mediocre 3-star rollover resistance rating, the NHTSA has not performed crash tests on this Jeep.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has, though, and as one might expect of a vehicle equipped with doors that are designed for removal. The Wrangler 2-door gets a “Poor” rating for side-impact protection, in addition to a “Marginal” rating in the small overlap frontal-impact crash test. Wrangler Unlimited models get a “Marginal” rating for side-impact protection, and haven’t been assessed for small overlap protection.
In the moderate overlap frontal-impact test, both Wranglers earn a “Good” rating from the IIHS. Both also receive a “Marginal” rating for their ability to protect front seat occupants when someone crashes into the back of the Wrangler.
Aside from the serious off-road hardware that can be added to a 2015 Wrangler, this iconic Jeep can be equipped with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, satellite radio, a USB port, a voice-activated touchscreen infotainment system, a navigation system with real-time traffic data, and a premium 9-speaker audio system with a subwoofer tucked under the Wrangler’s cargo floor.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
October 10, 2014
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