Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted April 09, 2016 17:56
Special variant celebrates Jeep's 75th anniversary
Jeep Philippines has big news for 2016. The company has just unveiled a new, lower-priced variant for the Wrangler Unlimited (5-door) in this year's Manila International Auto Show. Called the Wrangler Unlimited Sport, the arrival of this special variant is Jeep Philippines' way of celebrating the brand's 75th anniversary.
The new model is priced lower than the former base model, the gas-powered Sport S. While the US counterpart of the Wrangler Unlimited Sport is stripped of many convenience features, the Philippine-spec Sport models are generously equipped compared to its North American specification. While the Sport loses the alloy wheels and step boards, it comes standard with power windows, automatic climate control, an audio system, auto-dimming rear view mirror and Chrysler U-Connect. With the removal of the step boards, the Wrangler Sport also gains more ground clearance.
Being a Jeep, it retains the features that will help it go off-road. These include skid plates, front and rear stabilizer bars, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Dana 30 Front Axle and a heavy duty Dana 44 rear axle. Jeep did not remove any of the car's safety systems with dual airbags, traction control and stability control standard.
The Wrangler Unlimited Sport is powered by Chrysler's 3.6 liter Pentastar engine. It develops 290 PS and 347 Nm meters of torque. Philippine-spec Wranglers all come with five-speed automatic transmissions.
Prices for the Wrangler Unlimited Sport start at Php 1,990,000. Other Wrangler variants include the Sport S gas, Sport S diesel, Sahara and Rubicon.