The Jeep® brand continued its expansion into new territory when the Chrysler Group unveiled two all-new Jeep vehicles at the New York Auto Show this morning.
The all-new long-wheelbase Jeep Wrangler is the first Wrangler to offer four doors, a diesel engine and space for five adults. It is expected to join the new two-door Wrangler, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, in Chrysler Group dealerships in the UK in March 2007.
Steve Gray, Marketing Director for Chrysler Group, said: "The Jeep Wrangler has been a firm favourite in the UK for more than a decade, with nearly 5,000 sold since 1993. In the past, the Wrangler has tended to be a car for Jeep enthusiasts, with its classic looks and incredible off-road ability.
"From 2007 we will be able to offer two or four doors, better road manners, a new diesel engine and an all-new interior with enough space for all the family – and luggage. This will help us compete much more effectively without compromising on what makes this vehicle a Jeep."
The new Wrangler will also come to the UK with a new petrol engine that offers more power and more torque. The new Jeep benefits from improved aerodynamics, reduced noise levels and a more spacious interior. ESP and side airbags also come as standard together with four-wheel disc ABS brakes.
The Wrangler’s on-road characteristics have also been significantly improved with a wider track and longer wheelbase, new steering and 100 per cent stiffer frame. These improvements have not reduced off-road ability – the Wrangler features improved live front and rear axles, extra ground clearance and an electronic disconnecting front sway bar.
The new Jeep Patriot is based on the concept first shown at the Frankfurt Motorshow in 2005. Jeep Patriot combines the packaging and interior flexibility of an SUV with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a small family car.
Steve Gray added: "The Jeep Patriot reflects the ‘Jeep-rugged’ design theme and fulfils customers’ demands for a modern family car with the credibility and characteristics associated with the Jeep brand name. It is designed to reach younger customers that may not have previously considered the Jeep brand. It is a great on-road car as well as being able to drive off the beaten track."
This rugged looking ‘soft-roader’ has a brand new all-wheel drive system. The AWD system offers a full-time setting and will offer the driver tangible benefits in every day driving conditions such as wet and icy tarmac.
UK pricing has not yet been confirmed.