The new generation of the iconic Jeep® Wrangler (JL) was named "2019 4x4 of the Year" by the expert readers and journalists of the specialist French 4x4 Magazine.
Wrangler is the sixth Jeep® model to receive the title of "4x4 of the Year" since the 4x4 Magazine Awards began 34 years ago.
Every year since 1985, readers and experts from 4x4 Magazine - one of the most renowned 4x4 specialist publications in France - test a large number of four wheel drive vehicles from the world's manufacturers. As well as scoring the cars for their on-road driving features, the jury take them on a tough off-road evaluation course before delivering their verdict and crowning the 4x4 of the Year.
Before the new Wrangler, several Jeep® models were honored with this prestigious award - these include the Jeep® Cherokee XJ (1986), the Jeep® Cherokee XJ with 4.0-litre petrol engine (1989), the Jeep® Grand Cherokee ZJ (1994), the Jeep® Wrangler JK (2008) and the Jeep® Renegade (2015).
The award recognises the important job done by Jeep® engineers to ensure that new Wrangler retains its unmatched off-road capability while complying with the regulations and, most importantly, with customers' expectations in terms of mobility. More modern, more comfortable, better equipped and always iconic, the Wrangler remains the benchmark in terms of all-terrain prowess.
Introduced last autumn across Europe, the new Jeep® Wrangler, which is just as happy on city streets as it is off the beaten path, brings together Jeep®'s legendary off-road capability with superior on-road comfort, authentic style and state-of-the-art technology.
The result is the most capable Wrangler ever, courtesy of unrivalled technical content which, depending on trim, includes two advanced and easy-to-use four-wheel drive systems (Command-Trac and Rock-Trac), Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, 32-inch mud-terrain BF Goodrich tires, top class approach, departure and breakover angles, dedicated skid plates and rock rails for extreme off-roading and electronic front sway-bar disconnect
In addition, Wrangler's engine range has been renewed with the introduction of a 2.2-litre turbo diesel delivering 200hp and a 2.0-litre petrol engine delivering 270hp. Both new engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a first for this model. This eight-speed automatic offers a responsive driving experience: whether in every day's commuting or in extreme rock crawling, customers will enjoy a smooth, linear power delivery and fuel efficiency.
The '2019 4x4 of the Year' recognition by 4x4 Magazine is another accolade to add to the long collection of international awards received by the new generation Jeep® Wrangler. In Europe, in the first four month of this year, it has received the special Off-Road Award in UK's 4×4 Magazine's "4x4 of the Year" honours, the "Legend Car" recognition in The Best of Moto 2018 Awards by the specialised Polish portal www.moto.pl, the title of "2018 Automotive Première" in the Auto Leader 2018 Awards, held by the leading Polish motoring magazines Motor and Auto Moto, the "Car for a Big Trip for Two" recognition by the editors of major Polish portal Wirtualna Polska and the '2018 Best News' award in the Premium Crossovers and SUV category of the Grand Prix awards by the Russian magazine Za Rulyom.