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2010-08-19 07:36

Entry-level Wrangler with a rear axle ‘locker? That is part of the deal with the new Mountain Edition – garish graphics and all.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Jeep
Model Wrangler Mountain Edition
Engine 3.8l V6
Power 146kW @ 5 000r/min
Torque 315Nm @ 4 000r/min
Transmission Four-speed auto
The Jeep Wrangler is, on the whole, a very accomplished off-road vehicle.

A fair discrepancy exists between the entry-level models and their range-topping Rubicon siblings.

Rubicon Wranglers shore up off-road ability with dual axle lockers and a sway-bar disconnect system.

These lockers add complete traction security, whilst sway-bar disconnect enables additional axle articulation and wheel travel for traversing truly forbidding terrain.

Jeep’s introduced a new Mountain Edition derivative to the local market to narrow the gap in off-road goodies available between entry- and top-level Wranglers.

Powered by Jeep's 3.8l V6 engine and driving via a (rather antiquated) four-speed automatic transmission, the Wrangler Mountain Edition adds a rear axle differential lock and electronic sway bar disconnect function. Both features were previously unavailable on the Wrangler entry-level models.

Beyond the additional off-road hardware the cabin gains Mopar rubber slush mats and Mountain logos embossed into the seats.

There is (mercifully) no soft-top option either; the Mountain Edition features a three-piece removable Freedom top instead.

The Jeep Wrangler Mountain Edition is only available in two colours - Mango Tango and Rescue Green.

If you’ve always wanted a Wrangler with a rear-locker and sway-bar disconnect (and who wouldn’t desire these excellent off-road features?) the new Mountain Edition is a great prospect.

Just a shame about its 450kg load-carrying capacity…


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