Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has launched The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in India at ₹68.94 lakh (all-India price) , deliveries to commence from March 15th as a result of an unprecedented interest and numerous pre-orders from Indian customers.
The Wrangler Rubicon exemplifies Jeep’s legendary 4×4 capability. It stays true to the original design while providing a fresh, modern take on a renowned profile. Being one of the most technologically advanced and feature loaded SUV from JEEP , it naturally comes with a trail rated badge , which is the highest level of off road rating by Jeep , internally identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, manoeuvrability, articulation and water fording.
Announcing the roll out of the Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon, Dr. Partha Datta – President and Managing Director, FCA India said, “Discerning Indian customers generally know what they want to purchase next and there are many who have waited to own the most recognised vehicle in the world. The Wrangler Rubicon has caught the attention of many such connoisseurs who know their Jeep well. We already have an unprecedented order bank of eager customers ready to purchase our iconic off-roader. We are poised to complete delivery of our entire Rubicon import shipment to customers sooner than anticipated. Jeep Wrangler has been a really successful flagship product for us in India and it commands almost 67% our India CBU sales, since its launch in 2016.”
The Rubicon is equipped with Jeep RockTrac 4×4 all-wheel drive (AWD) system features a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 “4LO” low-range gear ratio, full-time torque management to ensure optimal grip in low traction conditions and also features heavy duty, next generation Dana 44 front and rear axles. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard as are TruLock electric front and rear axle lockers or differentials. The Rubicon offers significantly improved articulation and total suspension travel versus the previous generation, with the help of an electronically operated Sway Bar disconnect which enhances its capability especially in extreme off-roading conditions.
Compared to its sibling , the Wrangler Unlimited, the Rubicon stands taller with a ground clearance of 217 mm and has larger approach, break over and departure angles; black, trapezoidal fender flares, hood decal, rock rails, 17-inch alloys with off-road spec tyres and an abundance of heavy duty 4×4 hardware under its signature Jeep retro exterior, which is the real deal to customers who will own the Rubicon. The legendary SUV is packed with a long list of intuitive features which will keep occupants safe, connected and comfortable.
The Rubicon builds on a sculptural design aesthetic that is immediately recognizable with its traditional Jeep design cues. The keystone-shaped legendary seven slot grille that pays homage to the Jeep CJ, is gently swept back for improved aerodynamics and its outer slats intersect with the round reflector LED headlights. Forming a halo around the headlights are the LED Daylight Running Lamps (DRL). The lighting package also features LED front fog lamps and traditional square tail lamps with LED lighting.
The interior of the Wrangler Rubicon combines authentic styling, versatility, comfort and intuitive features. Precision craftsmanship and high quality materials are found throughout the cabin.
The Wrangler Rubicon comes with a 4-cylinder, DOHC, inline, turbocharged 2.0-litre 268 HP 400 Nm petrol engine for a seamless torque delivery while giving s decent fuel efficiency .It features a twin-scroll, low inertia turbocharger with an electronically actuated waste gate for exceptional responsiveness and performance while traversing on different terrain. The turbo is mounted directly on to the cylinder head to improve durability. A dedicated cooling circuit lowers the temperature of the intake air, throttle body and turbocharger.
This 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine is matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission which delivers a crawl ratio of 77.2:1.
The SUV is also tuned for urban driving and is equipped with 75 passive and active safety and security features. Some key features are: driver and front passenger airbags, supplementary seat-mounted passenger side airbags, park assist system, rear back up camera, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon’s name is a tribute to the much famous ‘Rubicon Trail’, situated within the Tahoe National Forest, near Lake Tahoe in USA’s California state.