5 Innovative Tech Tricks of the Jeep Wrangler
Many may take one look at the Jeep Wrangler and automatically think that that it’s an SUV that’s archaic in design, but nothing could be further from the truth. These rugged off-roaders have kept up with the times and are often more modern and tech-heavy than people realize. In fact, one could almost say that the Jeep Wrangler is more advanced because engineers have to figure out ways to include the latest technology without losing any of that iconic rugged ability that the Wrangler is known for. Let’s break down five of the most interesting tech tricks we can find in a Wrangler.
All new vehicles seemingly include some kind of infotainment system, but how many automakers can say their infotainment systems also include off-road pages? Not many, that’s for sure. Standard on the Wrangler Sport is a 5-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth streaming, while the higher-tier Sahara and Rubicon come standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen complete with available navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, a 7-inch instrument cluster display, Wi-Fi capability, and satellite radio with real-time traffic information. Those features are par for the course in most infotainment systems nowadays, but Jeep also offers Off-road pages that display information about the vehicle’s steering wheel angle, transfer case, pitch and roll angles, ride height, traction management system information, whether the sway bar is connected/disconnects, and whether the axles are locked/unlocked.
The newest engine designed for the Wrangler is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that’s capable of generating 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. So what makes this four-cylinder engine stand out? The mild-hybrid eTorque system powered by a .3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that makes for an exceptionally smooth ride as it assists the engine when the automatic stop/start system is in use. Additionally, the hybrid assistance helps improve the Wrangler’s responsiveness by adding up to 70 lb-ft of torque to the driveline – makes for instant power the minute the driver steps on the gas. As far as charging goes, the eTorque recuperates electricity via regenerative braking and the crankshaft, all while housed in a briefcase-sized power pack unit that’s watertight and encased within a skid plate.
Electronics That Work When wet
Electronics and water don’t usually mix, but Jeep needed to engineer complex electronics that could survive in a vehicle that’s capable of fording up to 30 inches of water. Engineers for Jeep have devised a way to make electronic components that are below the 30-inch fording line completely submersible, while any electronic components above that 30-inch fording line have to at least be water-resistant. Not to mention that the electronic components above the fording line also undergo a 16-hour mist test that’s intended to test the vehicle’s water resistance in the event that the Wrangler is left exposed to a thunderstorm for an extended period of time.
Sky One-Touch System
Think of this as a convertible roof done right – oh, and one of the coolest features in the all-new four-door Sahara and Rubicon trims. The Sky One-Touch features a retractable fabric roof that disappears with the touch of a single button and when paired with the easily removable rear-quarter windows evokes that open-air feel that the Wrangler is known for. Because this fabric roof functions on a canvas-roof-on-rails setup it can be operated (open/close) even when the vehicle is comfortably cruising at 60 mph, unlike traditional convertible tops.
Driver Assistance Tech
Jeep Wrangler vehicles are synonymous with off-roading, thus offering driver assistance technologies might feel a little futile to some. One innovative example that Jeep engineers had to rework was the adaptive cruise control that relies mainly on radar sensor technology. Typically placed inside a car’s front grille or lower bumper, the radar sensors needed to find a new home when it came to the Wrangler – a vehicle whose nose can’t be tarnished with electronics because it must be free to house an upgraded bumper or a winch. Jeep got to work innovating and placed the radar unit behind the windshield and in front of the rearview mirror all while still allowing owners to flip down the windshield for that ultimate off-road feeling. The rearview camera is also cheekily placed on the hub of the spare tire and wheel holder, where it won’t interfere whether the spare is mounted on the swing gate or not.
Don’t just take our word for it, as The Jeep Experts here at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep we want you to experience these innovative features for yourself. Check out the latest Jeep Wrangler inventory and schedule a test drive today!