How the 2016 Wrangler is Different Than Previous, Used Models

January 7th, 2016 by

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Jeep’s popularity continues to grow, as Terry Troy of Cleveland.com writes that the brand’s sales have increased 20-percent since last year. While many want to attribute the success to some of Jeep’s more popular models, Ed Babcock, a long-time fan of the brand, told Troy that an unexpected model is accounting for a lot of Jeep’s growth.

“Just about anything in the Jeep brand is selling well,” says Ed Babcock, president of the Junction Auto Family Dealerships in Chardon. “The new Cherokee is doing well and the Grand Cherokee is the best SUV ever built. But what I am truly amazed at is the growing popularity of the Wrangler. It’s grabbed a much larger share of the market, especially with women drivers.”

Jeep certainly recognized this growing popularity of the Wrangler, and they upgraded the vehicle a bit for 2016. However, there are also plenty of features that will carry over from previous models. To see how the new version will compare to any of the used Jeep Wranglers for sale, continue reading below…

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There will be some major changes coming to the 2016 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, particularly in regards to the special edition models. The already-existing Sahara, Rubicon Hard Rock, Freedom and Willys Wheeler editions will be joined by two newbies: the Black Bear edition and the Backcountry edition.

The Black Bear is essentially a variation on the brand’s typical Sport trim, as engineers have added some features and amenities to both the interior and exterior. Of particular note is the inclusion of nine available colors: Billet Silver, Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Hydro Blue, Hypergreen, Rhino and Tank.

Meanwhile, the Backcountry has more of a “winter capability theme,” as Troy writes. The edition’s decal is included on the front fender and rear quarter panel, and the special Wrangler also features an exclusive “off-road front and rear powder coated bumper.” Other specific features include the 17-inch Rubicon wheels (painted in the flashy mid-gloss black) and a black fuel fill door. The rock rails typically found on the Wrangler Rubicon come standard on this edition, as are the side steps found on the Sahara. The Jeep is available in five colors: Hydro Blue, Black, Bright White, Granite Crystal and the much-anticipated Xtreme Purple.

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No matter what edition you opt for, you can still expect some overall changes and revisions to the upcoming Wrangler. Some of the amenities and capabilities have seen slight upgrades (like the “automatic temperature controls, power mirrors and steering wheel controls for vehicle systems”), and customers can expect the latest technology via the brand’s Uconnect systems.

What’s staying? The best aspects, of course, including the impressive 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. The three-time winner of Ward’s 10-Best Engines award, the unit can pump out a respectable 285 horsepower and 269 pounds-feet of torque (which assists in the excellent trailering specs). The Wrangler also keeps its “legendary” four-wheel drive capability, and an assortment of safety features will keep you and your passengers protected and secure.

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There are several ways the new Jeep Wrangler will separate itself from the previous models. Of course, those vehicles are still highly regarded, and you should be able to snag a great deal if you opt for a used version. Either way, you know you’ll be getting the best with the Wrangler.

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