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2015 Jeep Wrangler Overview
When you absolutely, positively must get to the top of the mountain no matter the weather or the trail conditions, the 2015 Jeep Wrangler remains the vehicle of choice. It may not be the most luxurious mode of transportation around, but this 4- or 5-passenger sport ute will again come with standard 4-wheel drive (4WD) with a 2-speed transfer case, and in either soft- or hard-top convertible garb, and will continue to boast the best off-road credentials on the market. Beware, however, that its stiff suspension is more comfortable traversing the back 40 than schlepping along Interstate 40.
In any case, for 2015 the no-nonsense Willys Wheeler special edition returns to the Wrangler lineup. This replica of the original civilian-market CJ-2 is expected (by Jeep, anyhow) to titillate a new generation of terrain-busting warriors with its retro looks, additional trail-making capabilities and unique black finish, including a set of mean-looking black 17-inch wheels. Oversize all-terrain tires and a beefy, rock-trumping suspension are slated to combine with some modernized creature comforts like satellite radio, air conditioning and Bluetooth hands-free technology in presenting a throwback to those heady post-WWII years that the now-defunct Hummer didn’t even begin to touch. And all of this costs a lot less than your average Hummer. Oh, and it’s possible that the Willys Wheeler, in its Unlimited garb, will boast a standard 3.73 rear axle ratio, meaning all you'll have to do is throw on a hitch and wiring to accomplish some hefty towing duties.
Therefore, the 2015 Wrangler trim level listing shapes up as the base Sport, the brand new Willys Wheeler, the up-featured Sahara and the trail-taming Rubicon. Of course each of these pop-top brutes will again come with the traditional pair of removable convertible tops. Oh, and the Rubicon is expected to again offer its 4-wheel drivetrain with its unique ultra-low gear.
Also returning for this upcoming year is the stretched-out, 4-door Unlimited version of all Wrangler trims, which squeezes 5 passengers into its extended (173.4 inches) body and rides on a 116-inch wheelbase. Measurements for the non-Unlimited (2-door) versions, meantime, run 152.8 inches in overall length (LOA) with a 95.4-inch wheelbase and seating for 4.
Further new stuff expected for the 2015 stable, meantime, includes some added exterior and interior color schemes, as well as a few tweaks to the audio systems, including a move of the available subwoofer from the side panel to the floor and redesigned speaker grilles that are alleged to result in crisper (audio) tweets. There is, by the way, also talk of some minor shuffling of optional features.
Unchanged for 2015 is the traditional 3.6-liter V6 powerplant that will again combine with either the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the available 5-speed automatic transmission for 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both transmissions are again expected to flaunt their off-road prowess with hill-start assist and hill-descent control, but mileage numbers are still below par in this age of resource conservatism at 17 mpg city/21 highway for 2-door versions with either transmission, 16/21 for Wrangler Unlimited iterations with the stick shift, and 16/20 for automatic-equipped Unlimited trims.
And towing, you ask? The 2-door variants can tote up to 2,000 pounds of trailer when properly equipped, while the Unlimited variants max out at 3,500 pounds with the proper equipment installed.
As for appearance goodies and creature comforts, aside from the already mentioned tweaks and shuffles, look for most of the standard stuff from the 2014 iterations to return in 2015. Such standard features include, depending on the trim level chosen, 17- or 18-inch steel or alloy wheels, tow hooks front and rear, a convertible hard-top or upgraded-for-2015 soft-top roof, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering and a 66-watt audio system with 6 speakers and a single-CD player.
Higher trim levels add such extras as Alpine premium stereo components, side steps, upgraded air conditioning, satellite radio and improved sound insulation.
As usual, lower Wrangler trim levels can get much of the bling that’s standard on higher trim levels as optional equipment, while the available Connectivity Group should again offer Bluetooth, an iPod interface, upgraded trip computer and a tire pressure display. The hard-top convertible roof standard on the Sahara and Rubicon trim levels can now be ordered in body color, while the soft convertible top standard for lower Wrangler trim levels has been upgraded for the 2015 model year. Be advised, however, that these removable roofs remain a challenge to get on and off.
Anyhow, standard safety features aboard every 2015 Wrangler iteration should include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, and front and side-mounted airbags, with the re-debuting Willys Wheeler, along with its Sahara and Rubicon siblings, additionally offering supplemental side-mounted airbags. Further standard safety stuff for all trim levels includes front fog/driving lights and a post-collision safety system. A remote antitheft alarm also returns as standard equipment in the Sahara and higher trims.
Have Laptop, Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.
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Does anyone know when Jeep will offer the Sunset Orange as a color for the 2015 Jeep Wrangler? I've seen several posts that list Sunset Orange as a color option, but my dealer doesn't have that optio...