2024 Jeep Wrangler Adds Hardcore Rubicon X, Cheaper 4xe Hybrid, and a Big Screen
The Wrangler’s evolving spray-and-pray approach means there are more models for more drivers who want to go off-road—or at least look like they do.
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler doesn't look entirely new, but that was never the point. Instead, it's meant to provide a serious refresh to the existing JL generation with additional trims and range-wide upgrades. From the new seven-slot grille to a standard 12.3-inch Uconnect infotainment screen, available Warn winch, and power seats that are adjustable 12 ways, it's a more complete rig all around.
If you're a four-wheeling enthusiast, you'll probably care most about the Rubicon X trim with standard 35-inch tires, steel bumpers, and a Rock-Trac full-time transfer case. It's a more premium variant of the Wrangler Rubicon we've all come to know and love, and it's available with full-gas and 4xe hybrid powertrains. It slots into the second spot of Jeep's off-road hierarchy, behind only the Rubicon 392 that's coming back for 2024. Interestingly, these hardcore models—including the regular Rubicon—feature a full-float Dana 44 HD rear axle that is supposedly way more robust than before. I expand on that in another blog but just know it also bumps towing capacity for these trucks to 5,000 pounds.
A new Wrangler Sport S 4xe model also makes its debut, making electrified performance more accessible. The interior is a little less snazzy, which isn't a bad thing, especially if you plan on getting it dirty. Still, you get that 12.3-inch touchscreen along with power windows and locks so it's not archaic. It also comes with the hybrid 2.0-liter turbo four, a power plant that produces 375 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque. All 4xe models also include a new Jeep 4xe Power Box that provides four 120-volt outlets with 30 amps of total output, so the battery can supply juice to personal accessories like your satellite phone or tablet.
Every new Wrangler Willys packs a Tru-Lok rear locker now, as well as steel rock rails and 33-inch tires. It used to ride on 32s, which are now the smallest tire across the entire Wrangler lineup. Spring for the Willys 4xe and you'll also get the Selec-Trac full-time transfer case with a 2.72:1 4LO ratio.
Importantly, this refresh means that many of the Wrangler's best safety features are available on all trims. First- and second-row side-curtain airbags are now a given, and every model from the Sport S on up gets forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot and cross-path detection is standard on High Altitude, Rubicon X, and Rubicon 392, though you can also spec your Sport S, Willys, Sahara, and Rubicon with the assists as well.
Pricing for the 2024 Wrangler lineup is yet to be announced. Expect an uptick given the new standard equipment, but hopefully, it won't be too steep. All these upgrades seem to genuinely improve the off-road stalwart, so here's hoping it performs as well in the real world as the stat sheet says it does.
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