Jeep Wrangler petrol version makes 284 PS and 347 Nm from an all-aluminium 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine mated to a five-speed AWD automatic
FCA India rolled out the petrol version of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at Rs. 56 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) as part of expanding its lineup. The 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine, that powers more than five million Jeep models worldwide, joins the existing 200 PS 2.4-litre TurboDiesel available since the American brand entered the domestic market in August last year.
The all-aluminium 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol mill is configured in 60-degree layout and has been designed putting together lightweight components to keep overall weight to the minimum level which in turn helps in lesser mechanical losses and aiding performance and fuel economy. It develops maximum power of 284 PS at 6,350 rpm and peak torque of 347 Nm at 4,300 rpm.
It incorporates two-step VVT (Variable Valve Timing) system and eight-holed fuel injectors claimed to deliver seamless power to all four wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission focussing on off-roading. It also features new thermal management system and cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system for greater efficiency.
The significant off-road emphasising technologies in the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are Command Trac 4×4 system with heavy duty solid axles, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Electronic Roll Mitigation and body shell protected by inbuilt sport bars.
In addition to them, full-framed removable doors, a three-piece modular, removable hard top as well as with a soft top as standard, heavy duty suspension with gas shock absorbers and wash-out interiors with removable carpet and drain plugs, a lockable center console, 18 bolt main case joint clamping and 17-inch Silent Armour Goodyear Tyres form a long list of features made available.
No visual changes are made to the Wrangler petrol as it mimics its diesel counterpart with retro styling cues like the vertical seven-slot grille, flanking round-shaped headlamps and the trapezoidal wheel arches. Offered in six colours, the only Trail Rated SUV is not short on convenience features either as it gets AC with automatic temperature control, nine-speaker Alpine music system, 6.5-inch Uconnect touch screen navigation system with voice commands, McKinley leather seats with accent stitching and remote keyless entry.
During the course of this year, Jeep could add the same petrol engine into Grand Cherokee’s lineup in a higher state of tune. Priced around Rs. 15 lakh cheaper than the base Cherokee diesel, the 3.6-litre V6 is likely to pump out 395 horsepower and comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.