The new 2024 Jeep® Wrangler is being upgraded for 2024 with new capability, safety, and technology features.
2024 Jeep Wrangler Capability
For 2024, Jeep is adding its first full-float Dana 44D rear axle, an optional 100:1 crawl ratio, Warn winch, and increased 5,000-pound towing capability. These features were not included in the rumor posted at Stellpower last month. Jim Morrison, head of Jeep North America and a long-time “true Jeeper,” said that the full-flat rear axle makes it easier to upsize the tires, a common owner upgrade. Indeed, Wrangler customers often installed heavy-duty full-float rear axles already; now they can be installed at the factory, albeit only on the Rubicon.
The Wrangler Rubicon’s full-float rear axle uses a wheel hub assembly that is separate from the axle shaft; a spindle bolted to the axle tube supports the hub through a pair of wheel bearings. This setup transfers the weight of the vehicle to the axle tube rather than the axle shaft; so the axle shaft is only subjected to torsional loads. This enables a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds on both the Rubicon 2.0-liter and 3.6-liter (with automatic transmission only).
Water crossing now goes up to 34 inches. The maximum approach, departure, and breakover angles are:
Every Wrangler has Dana solid front and rear axles, a two-speed transfer case, tow hooks (two front, one rear), four-wheel disc brakes, four skid plates, and tires at least 32 inches in diameter. For 2024, a new Rubicon X model has standard 35-inch tires, an off-road camera, and steel bumpers. The Wrangler Rubicon comes standard with:
- Dana 44 HD full-float solid rear axle
- Rock-Trac part-time transfer case with 4:1 low ratio
- Electronic front sway-bar disconnect
- Front- and rear-axle lockers
- 17-inch aluminum wheels with 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires
- Optional factory installed 8,000-pound-capacity Warn winch, mounted in a steel bumper with removable end caps
The new Rubicon X, which Jeep calls “a more premium take on the Rubicon,” adds:
- Rock-Trac full-time transfer case
- Integrated off-road camera
- Steel bumpers
- Xtreme 35 Package with beadlock-capable wheels and 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires
(2.0-liter and 3.6-liter automatic only)
The 470-horsepower Wrangler Rubicon 392 returns for 2024 with the standard Xtreme 35 Package, 4.56 axle ratio, and Selec-Trac full-time transfer case with low drive ratio of 2.72:1.
For 2024, the Wrangler Willys also steps up its 4×4 capability with a newly standard rear locker, steel rock rails, trailer tow and heavy-duty electrical group, and 33-inch tires (replacing previous 32-inch tires); the Willys 4xe also adds the Selec-Trac full-time transfer case with a low ratio of 2.72:1.
To protect the fuel tank, transfer case, and automatic transmission oil pan, all Wranglers use four skid plates; the Willys and Rubicon also have tubular steel rock rails to prevent body damage while out on the trail.
Powertrains, suspensions continue
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler continues to have the most diverse powertrain options in off-road vehicles. The 4xe (PHEV) and high-performance Rubicon 392 are only sold with eight-speed automatic transmissions; the other engines have a choice between that and a six-speed manual transmission.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe modes are:
- Hybrid: the powertrain uses battery power first, then taps the turbo 2.0 as needed
- Electric: The powertrain operates on electric power only, as long as it can, until either the driver demands more power or it runs low on electricity
- eSave: Prioritizes the gasoline engine, saving the battery for EV off-roading or urban areas where internal combustion is restricted. There are two modes of eSave: plain Battery Save, and Battery Charge during eSave
Many expected the 392 to disappear for 2024, but it is returning with its usual 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque; with nearly 75% of peak torque available at just above idle, the 6.4 liter V8 provides “instant on” acceleration. Tuned for the Wrangler, engine has sodium-filled exhaust valves and piston oil cooling jets for durability, along with a rear-sump oil pan and high-mount alternator. The Wrangler Rubicon 392’s Hydro-Guide air intake system includes a tri-level ducting system with a series of drains, including a one-way drain in the air box that separates water – up to 15 gallons per minute – away from the engine’s incoming air, allowing for 34-inch water crossings.
The five-link coil suspension setup continues, with two upper and two lower high-strength steel control arms for longitudinal control, and a cross car track bar for lateral axle control, both front and rear. The track bars control lateral movement of the axle with minimal angle change during suspension travel. On the Wrangler Rubicon, an electronic front sway-bar disconnect adds wheel travel. Weight reduction includes lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors, door hinges, hood, fender flares, and windshield frames, and with a magnesium swing gate.
New 2024 Wrangler interior, technology
The 2024 Wrangler has a new interior with optional power front seats, a standard 12.3-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen radio, and side curtain airbags in the first and second rows. The power seats have been tested for water crossings.
The Wrangler High Altitude has a newly standard Sky One-Touch powertop, 12-way power and heated front seats, integrated front camera, Selec-Trac full-time transfer case, 20-inch wheels, and body-color bumpers. High Altitude models are the first Wranglers to introduce the exclusive new Mantis Green interior color on the instrument panel mid bolster and Nappa leather seats.
For 2024, all models have first- and second-row side curtain airbags, driver and passenger front airbags, and front seat-mounted driver and passenger side airbags; along with second-row outboard seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, and, for 2024, structural improvements for side-impact performance.
Forward collision warning and advanced cruise control with stop now come standard on Sport S and above. Blind-spot and cross-path detection and ParkSense rear park-assist system come standard on High Altitude, Rubicon X and Rubicon 392, and are available on Sport S, Willys, Sahara and Rubicon. A backup camera with dynamic grid lines, traction control, and stability control with roll mitigation are standard on all models.
Styling and tops
A stylish, fresh take on the iconic seven-slot grille that keeps the overall design true to the original; it was first used on the 2023 Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary. Variations include gloss black slots and bezels on Willys, gloss black bezels on High Altitude, and platinum silver slots and bezels on Sahara. The slimmer grille’s textured vertical slots improve cooling and allow for the factory-installed Warn winch.
A new trail-ready stealth antenna integrated into the front windshield replaces the steel mast, eliminating brush or tree limb snags.
Ten new standard and optional wheel designs, from 17- to 20-inch diameter and including beadlock-capable wheels for the Xtreme 35 Package, freshen Wrangler’s rolling stock with tire sizes ranging from 32 to 35 inches.
Multiple top options include a new standard soft-top, two available hardtops (black and body color), Sky One-Touch powertop, Sunrider for Hardtop, and dual-door group with half doors. Colors are Anvil (NEW), Earl, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Silver Zynith, High Velocity, Hydro Blue, Sarge, Bright White and black.
Voice recognition has been improved with microphone array technology. High Altitude, Rubicon X, and Rubicon 392 now have acoustic front glass, thicker carpet, and more sound-deadening foam in the windshield header, front cowl, and B-pillars for a quieter ride. wrapped instrument panel features new soft-touch surfaces, in fabric or polyurethane, with contrast accent stitching. AMPS bracket provisions are on top of the dash.
A new 12.3-inch touchscreen houses the fifth-generation Uconnect 5 system, sitting atop the center stack, above the new slim inboard air vent. Uconnect 5 is five times faster than Uconnect 4 and adds the ability to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates. Programs and features include:
- Trails Offroad (NEW)
- Five user profiles plus a valet mode; preferences include music, apps, seats, mirrors, and climate controls (NEW)
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Customizable home screen (NEW)
- Simultaneous connectivity for two Bluetooth-enabled phones (NEW)
- Alexa Home to Car; in-vehicle Alexa virtual assistant and Car to Home features
- Uconnect mobile app
- SiriusXM 360L platform and Pandora (NEW)
- TomTom navigation with predictive search and live traffic updates
- Maps over-the-air updates at the push of a button (NEW)
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot to connect up to eight wireless devices
The front row has dual USB Type C ports; across both rows, thereare up to seven USB Type A and Type C ports, as well as 12-volt accessory outlets and an optional 115-volt AC outlet.
Trails Offroad (late availability) has built-in off-road trail guides for the 62 Jeep Badge of Honor trails; a subscription unlocks Trails Offroad’s full catalog of 3,000 trail guides, with a span of terrains and difficulty levels.
Two new models are being added for 2024: the Wrangler Sport S 4xe and the Wrangler Rubicon X. The Sport S 4xe provides 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, along with 21 miles of electric range and 49 MPGe; it comes with power windows and door locks, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, side curtain airbags, remote keyless entry, soft-top, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and Gorilla glass windshield. It appears to be the least expensive way to get into a 4xe.
The Rubicon X is available in pure-gasoline and 4xe powertrains. It includes off-road gear mentioned earlier, as well as 12-way power adjustable front seats, nine-speaker premium Alpine audio system, and Nappa leather seats.
Adding standard equipment
The entire lineup has gotten new standard equipment for 2024, making the value proposition better:
Sport: 12.3-inch touchscreen; new soft-top; Gray Soul fabric IP mid bolster
Sport S (Sport +): Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Gorilla glass windshield
Willys (Sport S +): 33-inch tires, steel rock rails, rear locking differential
Sahara (Sport S +): LED lamps (front, rear, fog), heated seats and steering wheel
High Altitude (Sahara +): power front seats, navigation, blind spot monitor, rear cross path, black or Mantis Green leather and wraps, better sound insulation, Sky One-touch power top, front off-road camera
Rubicon (Sport S +): LED lamps (front, rear, fog), water resistant cloth instrument panel mid bolster, towing package, auxililary switches, full-float rear axle
Rubicon X (Rubicon +): power front seats, navgation, Alpine audio, Nappa leather, heated seats and steering wheel, better sound insulation, rear park assist, blind spot monitor, rear cross path, steel bumpers, off-road camera, body color fender flares and hard top, and, when purchased with automatic, Xtreme 35 package
Rubicon 392 (Rubicon +): Xtreme 35 package, added sound insulation, off-road camera, heated power front seats, heated steering wheel
In addition, all 4xes now have a Power Box—four 120-volt outlets with 30 amps of total output.
The 2024 Jeep Wrangler will be available in Sport, Willys, Sahara, High Altitude, Rubicon and Rubicon 392 models. Ordering is open now and vehicles will start to arrive in U.S. Jeep dealerships later in 2023. The 2024 Jeep Wrangler will also be available in markets around the world.
Also see: In-person impressions and photos; and What we didn’t know before the unveiling