Living up to its ancestors
“It is better than its predecessor in every single way but kept its iconic design to its authentic legacy” said Khaled
“Enhanced but no major changes on its silhouette”
“An icon from the exterior and now the interior is up to equality!”
“Most capable off-roader available in the market as value for money”
Risk is everywhere in life. It’s in the trail itself. It is in the rocks, trees and cliffs. But our expectations were confronted. This is all about the famous Rubicon Trail. That’s the last name of the Jeep Wrangler, Rubicon! Again we were doing the famous Rubicon Trail in California – Nevada borders but this time on board of the all-new 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (2-door and 4-door). As most of you know Rubicon Trail is a 35-kilometre path west of Lake Tahoe, California. Some segments are no trail at all, just isolated and thin openings of immense boulders that no vehicle passes through, except the Wrangler Rubicon.
The famous Rubicon Trail
Jeep is a legendary brand with an almost 80-year history of off-road capability. Part of this history was forged at the Rubicon Trail, arguably one of the most famous off-road trails in the world.
In 1953, a group of approximately 150 friends took their Jeep vehicles across the rough granite path through the Sierra Nevada Mountains on their way to Lake Tahoe, California (USA). This trek, originally conceived as a way to support the economy of the local community, was to become the first official Jeep crossing of the Rubicon Trail and the first-ever “Jeep Jamboree.”
At that moment, Jeep vehicles were making the shift from being working vehicles to becoming partners for personal adventures of discovery. Since then, tens of thousands of Jeep enthusiasts and their vehicles have traversed the famous trail.
The Rubicon Trail is 35 km route, part road and part 4×4 trail, located west of Lake Tahoe. The maintained portion of the route is called the McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road, and it begins in Georgetown, California, a hamlet in the state’s Gold Country.
The McKinney-Rubicon Springs Road was originally established for stagecoaches to access resort hotels at Wentworth Springs and Rubicon Springs from the 1890’s until the 1920’s. The trail saw the first motorized travel in 1908. From the 1950’s through to today, the Rubicon Trail has been used by off-road enthusiasts for recreation.
The trailhead for the unmaintained portion of the route begins in a location adjacent to Loon Lake. The 4×4 trail portion is about 19 km long and passes in part through the El Dorado National Forest. Rambling over large boulders, rocky terrain and enormous granite slabs with steep inclines and sharp drops, the trail ends in South Lake Tahoe.
The trail crosses a river at one point close to Lake Tahoe. Early settlers named the river “Rubicon” after its counterpart in Italy – a small river north of Rome that Julius Caesar fatefully crossed in 49 BC.
Drawing upon that history, the term “Rubicon” now means “a limit that, when passed or exceeded, permits no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment.” Therefore, to “cross the Rubicon” means “to irrevocably commit to a course of action or make a fateful and final decision.”
The Rubicon Trail remains one of the world’s most challenging trails – rated a 10 for “most difficult” on a scale of 1 to 10 – and is known as the “granddaddy of all off-highway trails.”
The Rubicon Trail has also been used for over four decades by Jeep engineering teams to improve the off-road capability of Jeep brand vehicles and to aid in the development of new models and technologies.
Using trails like the Rubicon for Jeep brand vehicle development has led to innovations such as:
-Rock-Trac 4:1 transfer case
-Tru-Lok locking axle differentials
– Disconnecting front sway bar
-Underbody skid-plate protection
-Front Dana 44 axle
-Long-travel, multi-link suspension designs
-BLD – Brake lock differential (on all JL’s)
-Steel front and rear bumpers (Rubicon high end models)
Powertrain options include a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, electronic lockers and is one of the few midsize SUVs that offer a six-speed manual transmission in addition to its available eight-speed automatic.
What’s new for 2019?
-Wrangler’s Advanced Safety Group package now includes adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning
-Bikini exterior paint color joins the Wrangler lineup
-Jeep Wrangler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is engineered to provide a broad torque band
-Available 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with eTorque technology delivers 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque
-Available on Sahara and Rubicon four-door models, Sky One-Touch powertop allows occupants to open or close the Wrangler’s roof with a push of a button. The Sky One-Touch powertop can be used at speeds up to 60 miles per hour (mph)
-Best-in-class approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 27.8 degrees, departure angle of 37 degrees and a ground clearance of 10.9 inches help the Jeep Wrangler scale the toughest terrain
-Wrangler models feature lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors, hinges, hood, fenders and windshield frame, as well as a magnesium swing gate, to help reduce weight and boost fuel economy
-The capable driveline of the Sport and Sahara models include the Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case that features a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio and next-generation Dana front and rear axles. In addition, an optional Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip in low-traction environments, such as sand, mud or snow
-The Wrangler Rubicon model features next-generation Dana front and rear heavy-duty axles, enhanced off-road rock rails and the Rock-Trac NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio. Wrangler Rubicon also includes electric front and rear locking differentials, disconnecting front sway bar and 33-inch BF Goodrich KM All-Terrain tires, taking the Wrangler to the highest level of capability
-Wrangler Sahara models offer a Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive and a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. This full-time two-speed transfer case is intuitive and allows the driver to set it and forget it, while constantly sending power to the front and rear wheels
-Jeep Wrangler’s signature features include iconic round headlamps, seven-slot keystone grille, trapezoid wheel flares, removable doors, exposed hinges with the Torx tool-bit size stamped into it, a fold-down windshield and innovative removable tops that allow the Wrangler to retain the brand’s iconic appearance and function
-Fourth-generation Uconnect system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of a 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen with pinch-and-zoom capability. A 5.0-inch screen is standard on Sport
-Standard electronic stability control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist and brake traction control are among more than 75 available safety and security features
For 2019, the Wrangler lineup consists of four models: Sport, Sport S, Sahara (4-door only), and Rubicon.
The available exterior colors are: Bright White, Hella Yella, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Black, Firecracker Red, Punk’n Metallic, Mojito!, Sting Gray, Ocean Blue Metallic, and Bikini.
The available interior colors are either Black or Heritage Tan.
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler has an unquestionable charm that can’t be measured on any scale at all. It is the incarnation of an authentic legacy that conjures liberty and journey. The all-new Wrangler didn’t compromise on its off-road capabilities, but rather offers now an improved interior, easy to use off-road system with an off-road drive that can’t be described; it’s simply off the hook!
Pros: Impeccable off-road in any mode, Iconic design, improved interior, easy-to-use optional off-road system
Cons: Still more for adventures than daily commute to work
Rivals: Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota Prado, Land Rover Defender, Chevrolet Trailblazer Z71, Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Frontier
4.5 / 5 stars
One word: legacy
3.6-liter pentastar V6, 285 hp @ 6400 rpm, 353 Nm @ 4800 rpm
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode (6-speed manual available), 4WD
Top speed: 185 kph, 0-100 kph: 7 secs, fuel consumption: 11L /100 km
Weight: 1,814 – 2,267 kg (2-door & 4-door)