Jeep Wrangler Review– The Ultimate Off-road Vehicle

In tribute to the heritage of the Jeep brand, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler retains the body-on-frame chassis, solid front and rear axles, removable doors and fold-down windscreen that established it as the most capable SUV – period.

Whether choosing a Wrangler Sport or Rubicon model, Jeep Wrangler customers will experience best-in-class off-road capability in a true open-air sport-utility vehicle. Jeep Wrangler does not wander from the brand’s coveted core values of freedom, adventure, mastery and authenticity.

Despite more than 65 years of legendary off-road prowess under the hood, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler doesn’t sacrifice anything inside the cabin, offering safety and convenience features, interior space, versatility and comfort.

Jeep Wrangler has a devoted following that demands adherence to traditional Jeep styling cues no matter what model year. The 2009 Jeep Wrangler does not disappoint. While staying true to its design roots, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler’s appearance holds true to tradition yet is contemporary, with clean, crisp lines and improved fit and finish.

Wrangler’s signature features all remain hallmarks for 2009, including classic round headlamps, a seven-slot grille, trapezoidal wheel flares, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield, sport bar, removable tops and doors.

Recently updated standard features for Jeep Wrangler

•Standard tyre pressure warning system
•17-inch alloy wheels across the entire range
•2.8L CRD with automatic transmission now has 460Nm of torque (2.8L CRD with manual transmission remains unchanged at 410Nm)
•3.73:1 axle ratio (replaces 4.10) on Sport models equipped with automatic transmission
•Unlimited models now receive an 85L fuel tank
•Dual Top standard on Rubicon and Rubicon Unlimited
Off-road Group
Available as an option on both petrol and diesel models for the first time – the off-road group includes extra features to further increase the off-road experience.

•Electronically controlled rear axle differential lock
•3.73 axle ratio (Manual and Automatic)
•Electronic front sway-bar disconnect
For 2009, the Off-road Group is available at new price point of $1,500.

EXTERIOR

•Sunburst Orange exterior colour replaces Rescue Green
•Deep Water Blue exterior colour replaces Steel Blue
•Mopar hardtop freedom panel storage bag included with all hard tops
INTERIOR

•Drop-in bin added to full centre console
•Storage net added to lower centre stack
AUDIO

•New name: UconnectTM Navigation •Media Centre 735
•16.5 cm (6.5 in.) touch-screen display
•CD/DVD/MP3/WMA/JPEG DVD •30GB hard disk drive (up from 20GB)
•USB and audio jack
•Voice command
•Available iPod control
SAFETY AND SECURITY FEATURES

•Advanced multi-stage front air bags
•Anti-lock brake system (ABS)
•All-speed Traction Control with off-road calibration
•BeltAlert
•Brake Assist
•Brake/park interlock
•Brake traction control system (BTCS)
•Constant force retractors (CFR)
•Crumple zones
•Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
•Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
•Energy-absorbing steering column
•Height-adjustable seat belts
•Interior head-impact protection
•Knee bolsters
•Remote keyless entry
•Seat belt pretensioners
•Security alarm
•Sentry Key® engine immobiliser
•Side-impact door beams
•Supplemental side air bags (available)
Base Vehicle Price (BVP) excludes Government charges and Dealer Delivery

2009 Jeep Wrangler (BVP)

Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8L V6 Petrol 6M
$31,590

Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.8L V6 Petrol 4A
$33,590

Jeep Wrangler Sport 2.8L I4 Diesel 6M
$35,590

Jeep Wrangler Sport 2.8L I4 Diesel 5A
$37,590

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8L V6 Petrol 6M
$40,590

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 3.8L V6 Petrol 4A
$42,590

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (BVP)

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 3.8L V6 Petrol 6M
$35,990

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 3.8L V6 Petrol 4A
$37,990

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 2.8L I4 Diesel 6M
$39,990

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 2.8L I4 Diesel 5A
$41,990

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.8L V6 Petrol 6M
$44,990

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.8L V6 Petrol 4A
$46,990

OPTIONS PRICING

2009 Jeep Wrangler (2-Door):

Premium paint (Sport and Rubicon)
$450

Front seat-mounted side air bags (Sport and Rubicon)
$600

Uconnect Navigation, DVD/30GB-HD
$2,650

Renegade Pack (Sport)
$2,500

Off-road Group (Sport)
$1,500

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (4-Door):

Premium paint (Sport and Rubicon)
$450

Front seat-mounted side air bags (Sport and Rubicon)
$600

Uconnect navigation, DVD/30GB-HD
$2,650

Renegade Pack (Sport)
$3,000

Off-road Group (Sport)
$1,500

Off-road Group includes rear axle differential lock, 3.73 axle ratio and Electronic Sway Bar Disconnect. Sport models only.
Renegade Pack includes Dual Top Group, Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass, Tubular Side Steps, 6-Disc MP3/DVD changer, and nine Infinity Speakers including Subwoofer.

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