Jeep Philippines is pulling out all the stops this 2019. Just a few days after holding a special preview of the soon-to-arrive Compass, Auto Nation Group, the official retailer of Jeep in the country, has officially launched the all-new Wrangler Rubicon.
Upgraded and uprated for off-and-on-road use, the next-generation Wrangler Rubicon serves as the latest top-of-the-line offering aside from the entry-level Sport.
Like the Wrangler Sport revealed last March, the new Rubicon gets the same exterior makeover. This means it gets a more aggressive front fascia, a bigger seven-slot front grill, new LED headlights, a more rakish windshield, a revised set of LED taillights, and more stylish 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires. Other key upgrades made on the new Rubicon are the skid plates, and front and rear tow hooks.
Aside getting a fresh new exterior, Jeep also put the Rubicon on a diet by extensively using lightweight aluminum and high-strength steel. The hood, doors, tailgate, and windshield frame are now made by the former while the new body frame is constructed out of the latter. With it, the new Wrangler Rubicon is 90 kg lighter than its predecessor.
Open the doors and the Rubicon greets occupants with a more vibrant cabin. Depending on the exterior color, the Rubicon's interior matches the same paint finish as the one on the outside. Also present on the new Wrangler are leather upholstery with contrast stiching on the seats and steering wheel, engine start-stop button, automatic climate control, faux metal accents, new style-gauges and a bigger multi-info display.
Providing in-car infotainment is an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen display. It supports a myriad of functions like AM/FM radio, Aux, Bluetooth, USB, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. To keep all other auxiliary functions within easy reach, Jeep installed new auxiliary switches on the dashboard.
Like the Wrangler Sport, the all-new Rubicon is available with either a new turbocharged inline-four or the tried-and-tested naturally-aspirated V6. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo generates 268 PS along with 400 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 puts out 290 PS and 353 Nm of torque. Power is then shifted via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Keeping the Wrangler Rubicon mobile at even the harshest of terrains comes courtesy of the Rock-Trac 4x4 system with a '4LO' low-transfer box. Meanwhile, Tru-Lok front and rear locking differentials allow equal transfer of power on either axles.
Pricing of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon are as follows:
3.6L Limited 3-Door Rubicon – Php 3,990,000
2.0L Limited 3-Door Rubicon – Php 4,090,000
3.6L Unlimited 5-Door Rubicon – Php 4,390,000
2.0L Unlimited 5-Door Rubicon – Php 4,490,000