The JL-generation Wrangler comes in three flavours ranging from the suburban-spec Sahara to the slightly higher-riding, wilderness-prepared Rubicon with its switchable front anti-roll bar, heavy-duty alternator, 32in BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain tyres, locking differentials and the ability to take a winch without the need for modifications.
Few owners will ever require that level of hardware, though beneath the lightly revised bodywork – whose aluminium doors are removable – each Wrangler retains its reassuringly rugged ladder-frame chassis, solid axles and two-speed transfer case, with 2.72:1 low-range transfer gearing intended for rock crawling (which goes out as short as 4:1 in the Rubicon). To save fuel, the driveline can be switched to rear drive at speeds of up to 45mph.
Our test car, in Europe-only Overland trim, is equipped with Jeep’s new 2143cc turbocharged four-cylinder MultiJet-II diesel engine, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox (no manuals are available in the UK). With 197bhp, it gives plenty away to the 268bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine also offered on these shores (some other markets get a 3.6-litre petrol V6), but makes up for it with superior torque, with 332lb ft available from 2000rpm.