Jeep Wrangler JK
2007 saw the complete redesign of the Jeep
Wrangler, in both two and four-door models. The TJ platform was
replaced by a new JK platform. This next-generation Wrangler is
significantly larger than the existing model, with a 2 in (50.8 mm)
longer wheelbase and 4 in (101.6 mm) wider track.
Many Wrangler enthusiasts have decried this new vehicle's larger
size, claiming that it runs counter to the character of the Wrangler,
and is too big to be an effective off-road vehicle. However, it should
be noted that similar complaints were heard during previous redesigns.
Jeep reportedly intends to cement the Wrangler's position as the
marquee's most-rugged vehicle as new car-based crossover SUVs take some
of its on-road market share.
The JK Wrangler is available in two versions:
A short wheelbase 2-door
Introduced at 2006 North American International Auto Show with
Chrysler group CEO, Tom LaSorda driving it up the steps and through a
plate glass window, just as Robert Lutz had done at the show in 1992
with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
A long wheelbase 4-door
A 3.8 L OHV V6 producing 205 hp (153 kW) and 240 ft·lbf (325 N·m)
will be the base engine, replacing the venerable AMC Straight-6 engine.
The 4.7 L PowerTech V8 and 2.8 L VM Motori turbo-Diesel straight-4 used
the Liberty are likely to also be offered as options in some markets.
A 6-speed manual transmission will be standard, with a 4-speed automatic
transmission offered as an option. Stability control will be a new
safety feature for the Wrangler line.
A 3-piece hardtop or traditional soft top will be offered. The new
hardtop allows the sides to be removed for an open-air feeling. Although
the doors can still be removed in traditional Wrangler fashion, power
windows and remote power door locks will be offered for the first time.
Another first is an available navigation system.
2007 Jeep Wrangler JK - 2006 Detroit Auto Show Photos & Coverage
The all-new third-generation Jeep Wrangler will have a new look for
2007 and a host of significant upgrades to make it more livable
day-to-day, especially when driven on pavement. But that doesn't mean
it won't stay Jeep's No. 1 trail vehicle. The little Jeep will keep
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slip and you’re in reputation-repair mode for years to come. So when
the time came to build the first new Jeep Wrangler since 1997—and the
first since the merger of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler—those involved in
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New 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler - Jp Magazine
This is probably the most rumored, criticized, and hated Jeep vehicle
that we can think of in recent memory (besides the Patriot, the
Compass, the Liberty, the Commander, and the Grand Cherokee SRT8) —
and that's before anyone even saw it. Will it have IFS?! Will it have
four doors?! Will it have a diesel?! Will the windshield flip down
anymore?! Here's the skinny on the all-new Wrangler —
decide for yourself whether you can finally sleep at night again. ...
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2006 All Auto Show - 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK