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WranglerFour Wheeler Magazine Names Wrangler Rubicon Best 4x4 Vehicle of the Decade
Posted by mike on 2010/1/8 16:20:25 (2939) reads

Four Wheeler magazine editors have named the Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon the Best 4x4 Vehicle of the Decade, while calling out the four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon as the decade's most significant 4x4 vehicle.

"Jeep vehicles have earned many awards in the almost 70-year history of the iconic brand, but few have been as prestigious as these accolades from the editors at Four Wheeler magazine," said Mike Manley, President and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is clearly the most capable production vehicle on the planet, and in four-door Unlimited form, families can enjoy the combination of capability, freedom, space and comfort that only Jeep can provide."

In recognizing the 2007-present Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon as the Best 4x4 of the Decade, Four Wheeler magazine editor Doug McColloch said, "The JK (current version) Wrangler represented a big step up in on-road ride and handling for Jeep's flagship ride, yet it's off-road capability wasn't compromised in the least. If anything, it was only enhanced. Considering how competent in the dirt the previous-gen(eration) TJ was, that was no small feat for Chrysler engineers to pull off. But somehow they managed to do it, creating the decade's best four-wheel drive in the process."

In calling the 2007-present Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon the Most Significant SUV of the Decade, editor Sean Holman said, "(The decision to produce a four-door Wrangler) will probably go down in history as one of the smartest product moves any automotive company has ever made. From a Jeep customer perspective, the four-door was pure genius, opening up the sport of 'Jeeping' to families. No longer would you have to choose your kids or your gear. It also made the Jeep brand accessible to people who have always loved the idea of a Wrangler, but never thought the vehicles were large enough or functional enough to fit their lifestyle and/or needs."

The full reports from the Four Wheeler editors can be viewed at www.fourwheeler.com, or at http://blogs.fourwheeler.com/6618471/editorials/the-decades-10-best-4x4s/index.html and http://blogs.fourwheeler.com/6592333/miscellaneous/we-pick-the-most-influential-4x4s-of-the-2000s/index.html.

The four-door Wrangler Unlimited model accounts for 59 percent of Wrangler sales.

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Posted: 2010/1/13 8:57  Updated: 2010/1/13 8:57
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Not sure what other 4x4's would really, even be in the discussion for 4x4 of the decade...

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Posted: 2010/1/8 22:48  Updated: 2010/1/8 22:48
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 2007-present Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon the Most Significant SUV of the Decade
Having been a rabid reader of Four Wheeler magazine I can't say I am surprised or disappointed.
I've purchased more than 1 of my rigs based on the FWOTY recommendation and never been unhappy with them.
The fact that the JKL Rubicon is FWOTD only reinforces what we already know... Jeeps ROCK!

Highest resale value of US manufacturers...
Four Wheeler of the Decade...
Sergio announces diesel Wrangler for US...

Keep that good news coming Mike!

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Posted: 2010/1/12 18:29  Updated: 2010/1/12 18:29
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You'd think building a fuel-efficient diesel midsize/compact pickup on the Wrangler platform would be a no-brainer.

fingers crossed.

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Posted: 2010/1/13 10:22  Updated: 2010/1/13 10:24
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Not so fast on the diesel... apparently that announcement was alluding to only the European market... Click here: No diesel for Wrangler... yet...

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Posted: 2010/1/13 22:44  Updated: 2010/1/13 22:44
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Wow, that really popped my bubble. Even Allpar went back and changed their "rumor" article about the Diesel Wrangler. I guess I'd better fix the leaks on the old Cherokee cause I'll have to keep it.

What I don't understand is that we the customers want it. They will soon have it. But they won't sell it to us. What kind of business model is that?

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Posted: 2010/1/14 8:11  Updated: 2010/1/14 8:36
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Be careful what U ask 4...

Unfortunately, with the new ULSD fuel & restrictive emissions reqts, getting an inexpensive (& RELIABLE) diesel to market in the U.S. ain't so easy. Even though some new designs are able to omit the dreaded urea cartidges, all the extra exhaust & emissions plumbing is destined to be a costly (non-do-it-yourself!) maintenance problem down the road.

I want a diesel in the JK, too, but not for a $4000 surcharge and the extra emissions complexity. If Jeep gives us a decent torque monster for +$2500 with a 100,000 mile emissions warranty, I may just get one, but that puppy goes on the auction block at 99,900 miles!

The price of diesel in New England is ~12% higher than gasoline (better than it was a year or two ago) and that price goes up in harsher winters (due to the demand for fuel oil in homes). If the # of diesels on U.S. roads increase significantly, diesel prices will get crazy... Not to mention increasing world demand for fuel oil and (limited) U.S. refining capacity for ULSD... Then the (~25%) fuel savings over gasoline become a wash... Well, nevermind all that, at least I'd still have the torque... and the smell...

Gee, whatever happened to that Hemi-SRT8 Wrangler that John Cappa (Jp Magazine Editor) proposed?

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Posted: 2010/1/15 11:25  Updated: 2010/1/15 11:25
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Yes, give us either a Hemi or a Diesel. I'm not picky. But for the love of Pete, give us an option besides the V6. For me the only Jeep I would buy is a Wrangler, and I'm not buying another Wrangler until they have a Hemi or a Diesel option. Sadly, it may be a cold day in Hades before I buy another Wrangler.

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Posted: 2010/1/16 7:49  Updated: 2010/1/16 8:11
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You will NEVER see Chrysler-Fiat put a V8 in the Wrangler. I feel confident in saying NEVER. The new CAFE laws have killed that possibility.

However, you can always get Burnsville Offroad or American Expedition Vehicles to bolt a brand new HEMI in a brand new JK for you, if U have enough scratch.

A diesel is surely on the horizon... best guess 2013 or 2014... but, as I said above, be careful what you ask for... It could be a booby trap for your wallet...

A V6 Pentastar with 280+HP and 260+ft-lbs would be a welcome change from the anemic minivan 205HP and 240 ft-lbs V6 in there now. 2011 or 2012 is the target. I'd bet on 2011, since that is Jeep's 70th anniversary, the engine is ready for production, and all they have to do is pass some durability, EPA, & NHTSA crash testing.

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Posted: 2010/1/17 0:12  Updated: 2010/1/17 0:12
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No V8? If Hummer can put one in an H3 Alpha why can't Jeep?

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Posted: 2010/1/17 18:07  Updated: 2010/1/17 18:21
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Sure they CAN squeeze a V8 in, but they WON'T.

The new CAFE laws have killed that possibility.

BTW... Unless the Chinese-GM deal goes through, Hummer is dead. GM is ready to stop building Hummer H3s at its Shreveport facility and H2s have not been built since December 2008.

I believe the last year Jeep offered a factory V8 --for the "real Jeeps"-- was the old 304 in 1981...

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Yes that's exactly the problem, they could put a V8 in but they won't. When they add the Fiat Panda to the Jeep line up and get rid of the Commander, there should be enough CAFE room for a Wrangler Hemi.

As far as Hummer, I understood it was a done deal as the Chinese government doped their opposition to the sale. They plan on bringing out an H4 and H5 to directly compete with Jeep.

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Posted: 2010/1/19 8:03  Updated: 2010/1/19 8:37
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As of 1/19/10, not a done deal. Chinese officials still wavering (probably waiting for their stuffed envelopes). The deadline to reach an agreement is 1/31/10...
Click here:Hummer deal still stalled

Powertrains slated for the Wrangler, in order of their production probability in the U.S.:
1) Pentastar VVT - V6 (done deal, 280HP!!!)
2) Any diesel (Fiat, VM Motori, Cummins)
3) any V8 HEMI (not even a whisper of a rumor)
4) Flux Capacitor (my choice)

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Posted: 2010/1/22 16:40  Updated: 2010/1/22 16:40
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OK Mark, I'll bite: What is a "Flux Capacitor"? Is this on the same order as muffler bearings, or is this real?

I'm not going to spend big $$$ on a new vehicle that gets worse MPG than my old, but perfectly good XJ. I can't see where I'd ever need 280 HP unless I was towing a big trailer. On steep long grades I can usually pass almost everyone until I get stuck behind some slow idiot in the fastlane in a BMW who refuses to move over. My XJ left my buddy's new Rubicon TJ in the dust on a long paved grade after leaving Death Valley a few years ago despiye my having 280,000 miles. He had to have a supercharger installed to save face.

Allpar just had a piece on a company developing a retrofit kit to install the new VM Turbo Diesel in a Wrangler. Offroad only and $10k to $15k.

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Posted: 2010/1/22 17:19  Updated: 2010/1/22 18:00
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I miss my XJ!

I now have a new KA (Nitro) --long story-- and the old XJ Cherokee 4.0L would have dusted it.... but, I have more free time now (no repairs...) Ho-hum...

I think the 280HP would bring the JK alive, and I am looking forward to it, though I may wait a couple years for the bugs to get worked out of the new powertrain B4 I buy one.

Ah, the FLUX CAPACITOR. That's a legendary device in Geekdom. Does the name DeLorean ring a bell? They make them for all cars now and if you install one, NO ONE will ever beat U in a race again! Universal FLUX CAPACITOR.

This girl even wants one: Girl wants FLUX CAPACITOR.
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