DaimlerChrysler has posted numerous photos and descriptions (including some niffy animation) of the "stretched" Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Here's a snippet:
Go-anywhere, do-anything and now bring everything. The icon of the legendary Jeep® brand just got more versatile with 15 inches added to its overall length. The new 2004˝ Jeep Wrangler Unlimited delivers 13 inches more cargo area and two inches more second row leg room, while maintaining the unmatched open-air fun and 4x4 capability of the original Jeep Wrangler. The legend grows.
"We hear time and time again that owners don't want us to change a thing on their Jeep vehicles. But there is also a smaller group of Jeep owners who told us they would love a Jeep Wrangler, but needed more space for their lifestyle," said Jeff Bell, Vice President - Chrysler/Jeep Marketing, Chrysler Group. "We set out to create a longer wheelbase Wrangler that could give those customers what they really wanted, while maintaining the true fun and freedom of the original Jeep Wrangler."
It Adds Up To More Versatility, Capability and Comfort
While maintaining its legendary 4x4 Jeep capability, the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers more refined, on-road comfort and quietness because of its longer 103-inch wheelbase, which includes an additional 10 inches compared to the original Wrangler.
The versatility and functionality is increased with the additional 13 inches in space behind the second row, giving the Wrangler Unlimited double the amount of cargo capacity. The additional two inches in the second row provides more leg and knee room for passengers. Access to the second row is also improved with tip and slide front seats added to the driver's side.
In addition to the more refined ride, the longer wheelbase contributes to the Wrangler Unlimited's best-in-segment towing capability of 3500 lbs., which is 1500 lbs. more than the standard Wrangler.
"We set out to create more space for cargo and passengers, but the increase in wheelbase also improves the on-road ride and towing capability of the Wrangler Unlimited," said Jaci Woody, Executive Engineer, Jeep Special Programs Engineering. "The added space broadens the appeal of the Wrangler Unlimited to customers who appreciate space and additional towing capability without compromising the character of the Wrangler."