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Few vehicles receive more hype leading up to their redesign than a new Wrangler.

For some, its still the only Jeep.

Its image is tied to driving freedom like none other.

So here we are with the highly anticipated JK replacement; just as rugged as before but

smarter than ever.

Code named JL, this is the first complete Wrangler redesign in over a decade.

Ask any designer and theyll tell you updating an icon is their most difficult job.

So from the naked untrained eye, this could be just about any Wrangler since 2007.

But a closer inspection uncovers improved aerodynamics, a lowered beltline with bigger

windows for better visibility, and other little bits that have modernized the appearance.

But its once you open the doors that the newness truly begins.

To my amazement, lots of people use these as commuter cars and for them Jeep has made

this Wrangler far more palatable, yet

Its time for my typical Rubicon disclaimer.

Now, if you dont do a lot of off-roading and simply plan on driving this to work every

day please allow me to steer you to a different Wrangler model.

Despite the high level of creature comforts in here these things drive like a drunken

sailor.

And for its versatility, it actually skews pretty low.

Now if you do a lot of off-roading absolutely go for it.

Otherwise, find yourself a different Jeep.

Whether Sport, Sahara or top dog Rubicon, each Wrangler has its own look and personality.

But its the Rubicon that gives the Trail Rated badge its greatest credence with heavy

duty axles, Rock-Trac 4-wheel drive transfer case with the deepest low range, an electronic

sway bar disconnect system for greater wheel articulation, highest ground clearance, steel

rock rails, most durable all-terrain tires and most advantageous trail proportions.

Jeep says the JLs frame has been optimized to reduce weight through the use of aluminum

doors and a magnesium swing gate.

And out here, its a juggernaut of capabilityup to 30of water fording, nearly 11

of ground clearance, locking differentialstheres nothing more to say about what

it can do than has already been said by me and countless others.

If this is your idea of fun, the Wrangler is the best tool for the job.

Ive driven lots of these through the years and theres no questioning the Rubicons

off road credentials - its ready to go straight from the factory; but whether or

not this particular model is any less or more capable than the generations before it is

difficult for me to discern because Ive never had a moment of angst in one of them.

They go just about anywhere a sane person would take them.

So, for me, the biggest takeaway here is how Jeep has upped the Wranglers usability

quotient, less so for this purpose-built Rubicon model, but still, it is not wanting for features

there are things in here you never thought youd see in a Wrangler.

Plus, its just really smart and well-conceived.

Not to mention pretty darn quick.

The 3.6-liter V6 with stop start and the new 8-speed automatic give this Wrangler a real

charge and added refinement.

285 horsepower and 260 pound feet of broad torque make it a nice fit here.

But if youre willing to try something new theres an optional 2.0-liter turbo with

more torque, improved acceleration and better fuel economy for an extra $1,000 and coming

later is a 3.0-liter diesel.

Thatll be available on 4-door models only and boosts torque to over 440 pound-feet.

And dont worry manual fans, theres a new 6-speed as standard equipment while this

auto is a $2,000 option.

As is, theres certainly more polish to the ride but with these knobby KO2 tires and

other factors, youre constantly adjusting the electric assist steering to keep it straight.

If youve ever driven one you know what I mean.

It pivots on a dime though with a really tight turning radius.

Gas mileage takes a leap forward, now rated at 20mpg in combined driving.

A number of roof options are available including the 3 piece hard top.

This one here upgrades to the Premium Sunrider Soft Top thats quieter than the standard

cloth roof and it comes with an easy to use spring-assisted mechanism to help lower and

raise it.

And for those who prefer to remove doors and lower the windshield Jeep has made those chores

easier, too.

Not so convenient is accessing the cargo areasmall as it is.

But the rest of the cabin is very impressive.

Its a tall step inside with a commanding view of the road and once there the upgraded

materials and clever design touches are instantly recognizable.

Its all the little details like this that makes these Jeeps even cooler.

Leather trimmed seats, wash out interior with all-weather floor mats - everywhere you look

there are little Jeep Easter eggs for all to find.

Its a great looking cabin with features galore including top-notch infotainment, big

knobs and buttons, weather proofed USB portstherere even heated seats, a heated steering wheel

and Wi-Fi.

Notice the animated water on the navi screen.

Mine has push button and remote start and you can even get smart key entry and side

blind zone alert nowpretty amazing in a Wrangler.

Its certainly got the goods to better integrate it into an everyday use scenariovery

smart and ergonomically sound.

Riding in the back I noticed 2 thingsit was cold and loud.

But there is good room for up to 3 more.

Pricing?

A 2-door Sport starts at under $29,000, an Unlimited Rubicon at under $43,000  and a

loaded one like this for just over $53,000.

No matter, towing is maxed at 3,500 pounds.

The new Wrangler JL takes a big leap forward in terms of available powertrains, technology,

and safety featuresthe rest is much like its always been.

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