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2019 Jeep JL Wrangler pricing and specs revealed

By Matt Raudonikis, 16 Jan 2019 News

2019 Jeep JL Wrangler Australian pricing and specs released news

The new Wrangler is almost here, but it will come at a cost.

FCA Australia has revealed the specs and prices of the JL Wrangler, which is appearing in some Jeep dealers already but won’t officially go on sale until April.

LOCAL DRIVE: 2019 JL Wrangler

The JL will be available in both short-wheelbase two-door and long-wheelbase four-door variants, with a choice of the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine or the 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. Both engines are offered with the eight-speed automatic transmission only.

Sure to disappoint many Wrangler buyers is the fact there will be no manual gearbox offered in Australian Wranglers, nor will we get the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol or the 3.0-litre diesel V6 engine offered elsewhere. There’s also no SWB Rubicon model.

The cheapest JL Wrangler is the SWB Wrangler Sport S at $48,950, which is a considerable step up in entry price from the current $38,990 JK Wrangler Sport with the same engine. Likewise at the top end of the price range, where a LWB JK Rubicon which started at $53,990 with an auto will now set you back in excess of $63,950. Want a diesel engine in that Rubicon? That will add $5000 to the price!

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This is the first time the Wrangler Rubicon has been offered here with a diesel engine alternative. The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine delivers 147kW at 3500rpm and 450Nm at 2000rpm.

The four-door JL arrives in three specification levels: Sport S, Overland and Rubicon, with only the off-road-oriented Rubicon getting the diesel option. The two-door will only be available as Sport or Overland spec and V6 petrol engine only.

Sport S and Overland Wranglers get the conventional Command-Trac 4x4 system offering two-wheel drive and 4x4 high and low range, while the Rubicons get the off-road-biased Rock-Trac system which adds 4:1 low range in the transfer case. The full-time Command-Trac system offered on some US specifications will not be available here.

Also in the Rubicon’s off-road arsenal are locking differentials front and rear, lower 4.1:1 gears in those diffs, a disconnecting front sway bar and 32-inch BFGoodrich All Terrain tyres, among other extras.

Justifying the added cost of the JL is the fact it comes with a lot more comfort and convenience features, including AEB and radar cruise control on Overland and Rubicon models.

As in the past the Wrangler will be available with a choice of removable soft and hardtop roof configurations, the hardtop featuring the separately removable Freedom panels. Jeep will also have more than 130 factory MOPAR accessories to add to the price or, as we saw at the SEMA Show, the aftermarket already has more gear than you could ever imagine.

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Wrangler Sport S specifications:
- 17-inch Alloy Wheels
- Daylight Running Lamps (DRLs)
- Automatic Headlamps
- Parkview Rear Backup Camera
- ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
- Push-Button Start
- Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel
- 7.0” Uconnect Touch Screen Display
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 8-Speaker Audio System
- Black Sunrider Soft Top

Wrangler Overland specifications: 
- 18-inch Alloy Wheels
- Auto Emergency Braking
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
- McKinley Leather Trimmed Seats with Overland Logo
- Body Colour, Removable Hard Top with Freedom Panels 
- LED Reflector Head Lamps/Tail Lamps/Fog Lamps/DRLs
- Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection
- ParkSense Front Assist System
- 9-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio System
- Uconnect 8.4-inch Touch Screen Display
- Satellite Navigation
- 230V Power Outlet
- Remote Start System

Wrangler Rubicon specifications: 
- 17” Polished Alloy Wheels with Black Pockets
- Tru-Lock® Front & Rear Locking Differentials
- Auto Emergency Braking
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
- Front Stabiliser Bar Disconnect
- Heavy Duty Front and Rear Axles
- Heavy Duty Rock Slider with Step Assist
- Removable Black Hard Top with Freedom Panels
- Rubicon Hood Decal
- 32” BFGoodrich Off-Road Tyres
- Winch-Capable Steel Front Bumper
- 9-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio System
- LED Reflector Head Lamps/Tail Lamps/Fog Lamps/DRLs
- Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection
- Uconnect 8.4-inch Touch Screen Display
- Satellite Navigation
- 230V Power Outlet
- Remote Start System
- Off-Road Pages

2019 Jeep JL Wrangler prices: 
Sport S 2-dr 3.6L 8AT 209kW 4x4 Petrol: $48,950
Sport S 4-dr 3.6L 8AT 209kW 4x4 Petrol: $53,450

Overland 2-dr 3.6L 8AT 209kW 4x4 Petrol: $58,450
Overland 4-dr 3.6L 8AT 209kW 4x4 Petrol: $62,950

Rubicon 3.6L 8AT 209kW 4x4 Petrol: $63,950
Rubicon 2.2L 8AT 147kW 4x4 Diesel: $68,950