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Overdrive: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Renegade will ace your city and off-road adventures

First manufactured during the war, the Jeep was an instant success. The go-anywhere vehicle featured a short wheel-base, high ground clearance and four-wheel drive. Willys-Overland Motors demonstrated the Jeep to the world in 1941 when it climbed up the steps of the Capitol building in Washington D.C.

It later proved a huge success with the US Military and in 1945, Willys-Overland would manufacture the first production civilian model called the CJ-2A. It’s been 72 years since, but the DNA and a lot of the same shapes and principles live on in the latest Wrangler.

The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon takes on harsh terrains effortlessly.

Introduced in 1986 — a year before Chrysler took ownership of the Jeep brand — the Wrangler is the model everyone thinks of when they think of Jeep. It’s rough, tough and many still feature a removable roof like the original. Today the mighty Wrangler has grown from its basic military beginnings.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Great for both city use and off-road, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a good balance of refined and rugged.

Available in a four-door guise with a large 3.6L V6 engine producing 284hp and 347Nm of torque, the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara’s Command-Trac four-wheel drive system can split torque 50/50 between the front and rear axles — perfect for climbing up a mountain or getting down and dirty in some mud. The Rubicon spec Wrangler Unlimited also features Rock-Trac four-wheel drive, a 4:1 low gear ratio and crawl speed. Like its name suggests, this system makes manoeuvring over large obstacles a breeze and will make even the most amateur driver look like an off-roading legend.

jeep wrangler sahara
The Jeep Wrangler Sahara has smart safety systems in place for the ultimate city driving comfort.

The four-door Unlimited series comes in Sahara, Sahara Petrol and Rubicon 4×4 trims. The Sport model is the most capable out of the bunch, and has the heaviest towing capacity at 1,587 kg.

The Wrangler might look cool cruising around town — memories of Alicia Silverstone driving one through Beverly Hills in Clueless give it a hip and young Californian vibe — but make no mistake about it, the Wrangler is first and foremost built with off-roading capabilities. The best example of this is its interior, where the state-of-the-art entertainment Uconnect 431 System lives in perfect harmony with the standard fully-washable interior with drain plugs.

2017 Jeep Renegade

The Jeep Renegade might be designed with softer lines, but still packs a punch in the performance department.

If you’re looking for something with a more contemporary urban look, but still an off-road pedigree, the Jeep Renegade would be right up your alley. Being the first in its class to offer safety features like Forward Collision Warning-Plus and LaneSense, the car is well-prepared should an accident potentially occur, making city-driving a breeze. When you do want to explore beyond the city, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control will navigate you through even the steepest of inclines.

No off-roading trip is complete without a little wind in your hair.

Inside, creature comforts include a seven-inch TFT display of the instrument cluster, a multi-functional steering wheel, and a double sunroof system. There’s even a handle to hold onto when the road gets a little more than you bargained for.

The Renegade is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the Limited trim, producing 138hp and 230Nm, which is tied to a six-speed automatic transmission to power the front wheels. Built in Italy alongside the Fiat 500X, you can expect a great city car, although the Renegade would perform much better off the tarmac too.


(All images: Jeep)

Overdrive: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Renegade will ace your city and off-road adventures

Shatricia Nair

Managing Editor

Shatricia Nair has a passion for motoring, beauty, and wellness, and is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, retinols, and latest fitness trends. She has nine years of experience writing for digital media, and her bylines have appeared in Prestige, and Augustman. She'll do (almost) anything for good chocolate chip cookies.

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