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Debuted: Wrangler Polar

by David Zatz on

The new Jeep Wrangler Polar has been revealed in Frankfurt. A four-door Wrangler Unlimited, it shows off a new Hydro Blue paint color. It will be available in Europe in the first quarter of 2014, in both two- and four-door versions, powered by a 2.8-liter VM turbo diesel or 3.6-liter petrol (gasoline) engine; colors will be silver metallic, bright white, and the new blue.

The “Polar” badge shows the 78° S and 106° E coordinates of Vostok, Antarctica, where the severest temperature in the world was recorded at -89.2° C (-128.56° F).  Colors and details recall features from the Antarctic region. The model is based on Sahara.

Jeep Wrangler Polar

The front grille, with gloss black accents on the lamp throats, and a new hard spare-tire cover are used only on Polar, which also has a Powerdome hood and body-color hardtop with deep-tint sunscreen glass.  The interior has black leather seats with by Pearl White accent stitching and a “Polar” logo embroidered on the upper portion of the backrests. Standard equipment also includes heated front seats and high-gloss white painted bezels. The passenger-side dashboard grab bar and dashboard vent rings are finished in high-gloss Ceramic White, along with other accents, to reflect the contrasting colors of the region. A new cluster overlay has rings painted Ceramic White  surrounding blue-background gauges. Mopar tread-pattern slush mats complete the interior appointments.

Jeep Wrangler Polar has the Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle, with a standard Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio and Trac-Lok anti-spin rear differential. This replaces the manual rear-axle locker and is a torque-sensitive mechanical unit that works to maintain traction when travelling on slippery or rough road surfaces, such as on sand, gravel, snow or ice. Trac-Lok automatically distributes the available torque to the rear wheel with the most traction, thus helping to reduce wheel spin caused by lack of traction in the other rear wheel.

inside Jeep Wrangler Polar

The standard equipment for on-board comfort includes automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls, heated front seats, height-adjustable driver seat, Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) and cruise control.

The Polar Pack 1 special package has front side air bags, UConnectTM with navigation system on a 6.5-inch touchscreen, 40-gigabyte hard disk, USB compatibility, AUX port and DVD player.

The 2.8-liter common rail diesel delivers 200 hp (147 kW) of power at 3,600 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 1,600 – 2,600 rpm when paired to the five-speed automatic transmission. On models with a six-speed manual gearbox, it delivers 200 hp and 410 Nm of torque at 2,600 – 3,200 rpm. The gasoline V-6, available in selected markets, delivers 284 hp (209 kW) and 347 Nm of torque and is paired to the five-speed automatic transmission only.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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