The venerable Wrangler to be locally assembled in India for the first time at FCA’s Ranjangaon facility.
The SUV will come in two variants, probably the Sahara and Rubicon.
It could also get an 80th Anniversary Limited Edition variant.
The new Wrangler is expected to be priced around Rs 40 lakh.
It will be the second of four localised new Jeep models set to launch within the next 18 months.
FCA India has announced that production of the locally assembled Wrangler is underway at its Ranjangaon facility. The iconic off-roader will be brought as a completely knocked down (CKD) unit and then assembled domestically. The Wrangler will be the second Jeep SUV to be produced at the Maharashtra facility (the first being the Compass).
In an interview with us, FCA India’s President and MD, Partha Dutta confirmed that the 2021 Wrangler will get two variants when it is launched in India on March 15. They are likely to continue with the Unlimited Rubicon (most extreme) and Unlimited Sahara variants that were earlier on sale. Jeep India’s website has previewed the Sahara variant as well which retails in the USA for USD 38,645 (approx Rs 27.96 lakh). Like the Compass, the Wrangler could also get a limited-run 80th Anniversary Edition variant. It is unlikely that the 2-door version will be offered in India.
Under the hood, the current model is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor that puts out 268PS and 400Nm and is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Wrangler’s off-road prowess is emphasized by a low-range gearbox and locking differentials on either side. Jeep could also introduce the 2.2-litre diesel with the locally assembled Wrangler.
The imported Wrangler retailed from Rs 63.94 lakh to Rs 68.94 lakh in India. Thanks to the local assembly the prices of the Wrangler are set to significantly reduce to around Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom). It is set to be launched on March 15 in only 26 dealerships out of around 60 in the country. Pre-launch bookings for the SUV are now open on Jeep India’s website. FCA plans on introducing four localised models — a 7-seater Fortuner-rivalling SUV as well as the new Grand Cherokee — for India by the end of 2022, with the 2021 Wrangler being the second.