Jeep doesn’t redo the Wrangler often, which is why it hasn’t really changed much since the current JL generation debuted for the 2018 model year. Well Jeep has unveiled several updates to the 2024 Wrangler, which should help it compete with its biggest competition – the Ford Bronco.
On the outside not much has changed, but it does get a new seven-slot grille that was first introduced on the 2023 Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary. It also gets a new stealth antenna and new wheel designs. Inside the top of the dashboard has been redesigned with a 12.3-inch touchscreen. On the safety front there are now side-curtain airbags.
Under the hood there are four powertrains to choose from, but you’ll notice that the EcoDiesel V6 is gone:
- 2.0-liter turbocharged PHEV 4xe: 375 horsepower, 470 lb.-ft. of torque
- 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine: 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque
- 3.6-liter V-6: 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque
- 6.4-liter V-8: 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque
The 4xe plug-in hybrid, Rubicon 392, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 get a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, while the 3.6-liter engine is available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Rubicon models also get a full-float Dana 44 rear axle. When it’s equipped with the Xtreme 35 package, the axle has a crawl ratio of 100:1. Rubicon models also can now tow up to 5,000 pounds, while the other models without the upgraded axle max out at 3,500 pounds.
The Rubicon gets a new trim called Rubicon X. It comes fully loaded and with steel bumpers, 35-inch tires and an off-road camera. The Willys version also gets some upgrades with more ground clearance, high fender flares, 33-inch tires and a rear locker.
For buyers that want the more fuel efficient option, the Wrangler 4xe is now available in a cheaper Sport S trim.