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Jeep unveils convertible four-door Wrangler

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April 11, 2006

Jeep unveils convertible four-door Wrangler

Jeep unveils convertible four-door Wrangler

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April 12, 2006 This has enough oomph to kickstart a new market – a convertible SUV for communing with nature plus open-air boulevard cruising with plenty of room for five adult passengers. Jeep unveiled the four-door Wrangler with a one-of-a-kind, four-door open-air design at the New York International Auto Show today. The Unlimited combines class-leading off-road capability with everyday practicality.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited grows to mid-size SUV proportions, offering even more comfort and space, even more versatility, even more open-air options, even more off-road capability, even more on-road refinement, even more convenience and safety features, and even more power and fuel efficiency.

“Combining four-door convenience with Wrangler’s unique open-air design and unmatched off-road capability, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the only four-door convertible on the market,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Brand Marketing, Chrysler Group. Wrangler Unlimited expands the Jeep experience and core values – freedom, adventure, mastery and authenticity – to a broader range of customers who always wanted a Wrangler, but also more space and versatility.”

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features a 2946 mm wheelbase, achieved by adding 523 mm to the standard all-new 2007 Wrangler’s 2423mm wheelbase. The additional length allows for a larger rear seat that features three seating positions, as well as more hip, leg and shoulder room. In addition, Wrangler Unlimited offers nearly triple the rear cargo space.

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited utilises the same five-link solid-axle suspension configuration as the standard 2007 Jeep Wrangler. The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited also retains Wrangler’s coveted removable full-framed or half doors, exposed hinges, fold-down windshield and innovative removable and convertible tops.

Jeep is planning an even greater presence in Australia in 2006 with two all-new models arriving; the fire-breathing, high performance Grand Cherokee SRT8, one of the fastest four-wheel drives in the world, arrives in the fourth quarter and the seven-seat Jeep Commander joins the fold in May.

Even more space, comfort and versatility_While maintaining its legendary off-road capability, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features a spacious interior that takes comfort and convenience to new lengths. Its 2.91 cu. metres of total interior space provides room for five adult passengers and delivers more cargo storage and seating configurations than ever before.

“No other vehicle in the world can replicate the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air fun and everyday convenience and versatility,” said Mike Donoughe, Vice President – Body-on-frame Product Team. “Whether it’s used as a daily driver or for extreme rock crawling, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has the ability to turn mountains into mole hills, while comfortably carrying passengers and gear.”

Providing easy entry and exit, all four doors on the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are front-hinged, with inside and outside handles, and windows that travel all the way down. Rear doors feature exposed forged hinges, open a full 90 degrees, and provide a 67.3 cm wide opening.

Rear seats split 60/40, and easily fold flat, creating 2.35 cu. metres of total storage volume. A new lockable underfloor storage area secures personal items out of sight. Identical to the standard all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features an all-new instrument panel, center stack and high-back front bucket seats.

An all-new, three-piece modular hardtop – Jeep’s Freedom Top – features three removable panels for a variety of open-air driving configurations. The left- and right-front passenger panels may be stored inside the vehicle, while the rear section can remain in place or be removed separately.

“Whether removing one of the Freedom Top panels or flipping back the Sunrider soft top, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited provides owners the flexibility to conveniently experience open-air driving in less than 30 seconds,” said Donoughe.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited also features a standard Sunrider soft top, which includes a “sun roof” feature as well as the full top-down option. This soft top provides a second open-air option by folding the soft top back completely over the first- and second-row occupants, creating a 139.7x152.4 cm sun roof opening.

Even more legendary off-road capability_Even with the additional 523 mm wheelbase length, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited achieves off-road leadership among all SUVs in its class. Superior ground clearance combined with short front and rear overhangs enable Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to navigate the most rigorous off-road trails.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features a best-in-class approach angle of 44.4 degrees, breakover angle of 20.8 degrees, and best-in-class 40.5 degree departure angle – all more than worthy of negotiating extreme obstacles. Additionally, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers an available electronic-disconnecting front stabiliser bar – Active Sway Bar System (ASBS) – delivering a 28 per cent increase in wheel travel.

“A long list of proven 4x4 hardware – essential components among off-road enthusiasts – underscores the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s off-road capabilities,” said Donoughe. “From beefy axles and heavy-duty transfer cases with low gear ratios to locking differentials, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has more mettle than any other vehicle, and more than enough to conquer a variety of off-road challenges, right out of the box.”

Providing armor for the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s underbody components are three skid plates – protecting the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features an even more refined on-road experience courtesy of its 2946 mm wheelbase, all-new 100 per cent stiffer frame, 50 per cent stiffer body and refined five-link coil suspension.

In addition, new steering and suspension geometry provides precise ride and handling characteristics, while new sound-deadening techniques reduce cabin noise by more than 20 per cent.

Ride balance in the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited achieves minimal body lean when cornering and braking due to the five-link coil suspension’s new upper and lower control arms and full-width forged-steel track bars. Also, lower suspension spring rates provide a softer, more comfortable on-road ride.

The all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited’s new recirculating-ball steering configuration features a robust cross-car steering linkage system, providing the stiffest possible steering linkage in a solid-axle vehicle. A decreased scrub radius significantly reduces steering wheel inputs, such as bump steer from uneven road surfaces.

Standard on the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is an Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving maneuvers on any type of surface. ESP features three modes – “full on”, “full off” and “partial on”.

New on all 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models is a 3.8-litre overhead valve V6 engine, with 153 kW – producing more power and torque than its predecessor with improved fuel economy. A standard six-speed manual transmission or an available four-speed automatic transmission is offered.

Like all Jeep vehicles, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is designed to improve handling and accident avoidance, and provide protection. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited includes the highest level of safety features ever offered in the vehicle’s history in order to provide customers the ability to safely “go anywhere, do anything.”

Available safety and security features in the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited include an advanced Multi-stage Air Bag System, Anti-lock-braking System, Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Seat-mounted Side Air Bags.

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