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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited "Freedom Edition" road test


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by Stephen Walker

15th September, 2014

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Earlier this year Jeep released yet another limited edition model based on the Wrangler. Known as the "Freedom Edition", this model pays homage to the forebear that provided Jeep with its illustrious heritage.

This limited edition features some 'nods' to the U.S. military, such as the star emblem on the bonnet.

Test car particulars

This special edition comes with a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine and automatic transmission. It is available as manual or automatic, in 2 door and 4 door body styles.

We jump into the saddle of the Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition 4-door version with automatic transmission.

By the way, "Freedom" availability was covered in our news story: here. This story indicates the special features that are included in the "Freedom" and it depicts a nice looking beige coloured 'shorty'.

Prices*

The Jeep Wrangler "Freedom" four-door automatic hit the market priced* from a competitive $41,000*.

On the road in the Wrangler Unlimited V6

We managed to cover some 523 kilometres around Melbourne and the south Gippsland region of Victoria. Almost always on the bitumen we did have one opportunity to hit the sand on the south coast within sight of Wilson's Promontory.

On the beach, on this occasion, our drive was easy because the sand was still damp from the receding tide. Hence no change in tyre pressure was necessary. No low-range was required either. In a 4x4 you get to go places that evade many people. The beach is a great place to experience as a 'four-wheeler' - just as it is for a surfer, a photographer or a fisher.

As previously discovered, the Wrangler has a what I term as a 'tough' ride. It's a real 4x4 so don't expect a supple ride in this type of vehicle. It's an enjoyable drive because not only does it offer a tough ride but it is tough as well!

I like the seating, but I do find the Wrangler cumbersome to enter and exit.

Wrangler is getting on in age and misses out on some comfort and convenience features. To make up for this there is an abundance of 'tough' features to ensure that Wrangler meets the image requirements of buyers. In that respect I feel that the Freedom Edition is an ideal example of how the Wrangler should be presented.

With the soft-top 'up' the interior is cosy enough but there is plenty of wind noise at highway speeds.

Specifications

Wrangler V6 is a petrol-fuelled engine with a 3.6 litre displacement. It offers a maximum 209kW at 6,350rpm and the maximum torque is 347Nm at 4,300rpm.

The automatic transmission is a five-speed unit.

Four-wheel drive is standard - of course.

Steering is hydraulic power assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle is big at 13.1 metres.

The suspension is by a 5-link solid axle at both front and rear.

The road wheels are seventeen-inch alloys.

A reversing camera is not fitted to the "Freedom" unfortunately. It's a big car and, as such, deserves a camera to assist with reversing manoeuvres.

Fuel

The fuel consumption rating for the Wrangler Unlimited V6 petrol/auto is 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle, which is good for a vehicle of this type.

On the urban cycle, the fuel consumption rating is 16.1 litres per 100 kms - not too good if money is tight in your household.

Dimensions (Wrangler Unlimited)

Length: 4,755 mm (approximately)
Width: 1,877 mm
Height: 1,840 mm
Wheelbase: 2,947 mm
Kerb weight: 2,053 kg (approximately).

4WD aspects

Ground clearance: 223 mm (approximately)
Approach angle: 35 degrees
Departure angle: 28 degrees.

Conclusion

The Wrangler Unlimited is suitable for serious off-roading and the "Freedom" is more than suitable for providing a good image around town. This Jeep looks good with some nice colours on offer. But being realistic, the Wrangler appeals to a select band of 'four-wheelers' who wouldn't be satisfied with anything less than a Wrangler.

The four-door has proven popular for Jeep, but my favourite is the two-door.

We're going to be seeing the Wrangler for many years to come. Who would want it any other way?



NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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