The next-generation JK Wrangler is larger than the TJ, with a 2 in. longer wheelbase and 3.4 in. wider track, though the two-door model is actually 2.5 in. shorter in overall length than the TJ, allowing for better approach and departure angles. The JK is offered in a short-wheelbase 2-door and a long-wheelbase Unlimited 4-door, both in X, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels. The Unlimited has 20.6 in. added to the JK's 95.4 in.wheelbase, and offers an option of 2x4 rear wheel drive. A 3.8L EGH V6 producing 205 HP will be the base engine, replacing the venerable AMC straight-6 engine. The 2.8-L VM Motori turbodiesel straight-4 used in the Liberty is offered as an option outside of the U.S. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a four-speed automatic transmission offered as an option. The lower two levels have the Command-Trac NV241 part-time two-speed transfer case with an optional Trak-Lok limited-slip differential, while the Rubicon uses a Rock-Trak version of the NV241 with electronic front- and rear-axle locking differentials. All versions offer off-road tuned ABS and traction control system with electronic limited slip differential. A convertible soft top is standard equipment, and an optional 3-piece modular hardtop allows the sides to be removed. Although the doors can still be removed, power windows and door locks will be offered for the first time. This is also the first generation of the Wrangler to have a change in the tail lamps. (Project-JK.com)
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