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First look: Jeep uncovers all-new Wrangler

Niceties: Power windows and stability control are among the next Wrangler's advances.

Jeep unveils its all-new Wrangler at Detroit - and it's due here within a year

12 Jan 2006

ELECTRIC windows? Has Jeep gone soft with the all-new Wrangler? Not so, according to the American 4WD brand, which presented its hard-core off-roader at this week's Detroit motor show.

It claims the Wrangler still adheres to the tried-and-true simple design philosophy of the rugged off-roader but is longer, wider and roomier than the current car.

Due here later this year, the 2007 model shares its new 3.7-litre V6 with the Cherokee and replaces the current 4.0-litre in-line six.

9 center image In the Wrangler the V6 develops 153kW/325Nm and is mated to a six-speed manual (or optional four-speed auto) with what Jeep calls "Off-Road Rock-Trac" high and low-range four-wheel drive. A diesel version will also be sold in Australia.

Apart from electric windows, Chrysler-Jeep says the off-roader will also be available with a rollover stability system, stability control and brake assist.

An innovative three-piece modular hardtop is also available. Although launched as a two-door, a four-door variant is believed to be in the pipeline, as well as a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 version.

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