What Changed for 2008:
- Remote engine-starting available
- Tire-pressure monitor now standard
- New Sahara Appearance package with 18-inch wheels and bright interior and exterior trim
The Jeep was created for American soldiers to use in World War II. After the war, the vehicle's rugged capabilities were offered for civilian use. The newest generation of Jeep was launched with the 2007 model year. Standard Jeep Wranglers are offered as 2-door convertibles with seating for 4. A manual-folding cloth top is standard and a removable hardtop is optional. The rear seat can be removed for 61.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. All standard-length models have 4-wheel drive (4WD). The only engine is a V-6 with a manual or automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the Wrangler can tow up to 2000 pounds.
The 2008 Jeep Wrangler is available in three trim levels: base X, mid-line Sahara, and off-road oriented Rubicon. Standard features on X models include a tilt steering wheel; vinyl upholstery; center console; split-folding rear seat; AM/FM/CD stereo; theft-deterrent system; skid plates to protect the transfer case and fuel tank; and P225/75R16 all-terrain tires on steel wheels. The Wrangler Sahara adds YES Essentials cloth upholstery that Jeep says is stain-, odor- and static-resistant; a height-adjustable driver's seat; air conditioning; cruise control; 368-watt Infinity sound system with 7 speakers and subwoofer; leather-wrapped steering wheel; side steps; tow hooks; fog lamps; compass; outside-temperature indicator; and P255/70R18 all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels.
To the X model, the Wrangler Rubicon adds amenities such as air conditioning; leather-wrapped steering wheel; cruise control; height-adjustable driver's seat; floor mats; compass; outside-temperature indicator; and a 368-watt Infinity sound system with 7 speakers and subwoofer. It also adds off-road equipment that includes front and rear tow hooks; rock rails; off-road suspension; an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar to enhance off-road capability; a Rock-Trac heavy-duty transfer case; Dana 44 front and rear axles; a 4.10 axle ratio; locking front and rear differentials; fog lights; and LT255/75R17 BFGoodrich all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels.
Options on the 2008 Jeep Wrangler include metal half doors; Jeep's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment system with 20-gigabyte hard drive and navigation system; towing package; the hardtop; 6-disc CD changer; remote engine starting; and a chrome package.
All 2008 Jeep Wranglers are powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine. In standard-length models it pumps out 202 hp at 5200 rpm and 237 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard and a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Wrangler can be started in low range without depressing the clutch, thus providing enhanced rock-crawling capabilities, Jeep says. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway for a 2WD model with the manual transmission; 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway for a 2WD model with the automatic; or 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway for 4WD models with either transmission.
The base 4WD system is Jeep's Command Trac, which is a part-time system that should not be used on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. It can be driven in 2WD mode, 4WD Hi or 4WD Lo. The Rubicon's Rock Trac 4WD system is also a part-time system with the same driving modes. It has lower low-range gearing (4:1). It comes with front and rear locking differentials and an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar, as well as other off-road equipment.
All 2008 Jeep Wrangler models are equipped with dual front air bags; anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes; tire-pressure monitor; roll bar; traction control; and electronic stability control with rollover mitigation. Torso-protecting front side air bags are optional.
Jeep's MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System comes with a 6.5-inch touch screen; 20-gigabyte hard drive; and a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic information. The hard drive holds music, pictures and navigation map information. CDs can be ripped right to the hard drive; music and pictures can be transferred via a USB port.