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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Small SUV

Jeep made an essential upgrade on the Wrangler's second generation, also known as TJ, in 1996 when it introduced it on the market as a 1997 model.

When Chrysler bought the AMC in 1987, it didn't exactly know what to do with the Jeep Wrangler and left it with squared headlights, which Jeep fans disliked. Nine years later, the prominent American carmaker already knew what to change and made the TJ Wrangler a much better car. First of all, it ditched the leaf-springs and introduced the coil-springs and an improved suspension system, which allowed an increase in wheel-travel, essential while off-roading. Then, it made it cheaper to build in both LHD and RHD versions.

The 1997 Wrangler marked the return to round headlights. The seven-slat grille was similar to the one existing on its predecessor. Also, the carmaker kept the exterior latching system for the hood. Its windshield was pushed forward and shortened, thus decreasing the wind resistance and increasing the fuel efficiency.

Inside, Chrysler installed front bucket seats with integrated headrests for the front occupants, while in the rear, it kept the two-seat bench. Due to the short wheelbase, it wasn't easy to keep someone on the back seats for longer distances. The Wrangler TJ kept the original advantages, such as the removable top and doors and the flat-folding windscreen.

The most important update was for the drivetrain, which carried over many parts from its bigger brother, the Grand Cherokee. Apart from the suspension system, it took the steering box and the inline-six, 4.0-liter engine. However, the base version was a 2.5-liter gasoline engine, which was good enough for in-town driving. All Wranglers came fitted with a 4x4 system and a shift-on-the-fly, two-speed transfer case.

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JEEP Wrangler 1996 - 2006
  4 gasoline engines
  • 2.4 5MT (143 HP)
  • 2.5 5MT (118 HP)
  • 4.0 3AT (177 HP)
  • 4.0 5MT (177 HP)
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JEEP Wrangler Brochure

JEEP Wrangler 2.4 5MT (143 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4 5MT (143 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2429 cm3
Power
105 KW @ 5200 RPM
143 HP @ 5200 RPM
141 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
159 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
216 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
101 mph (163 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
154.1 in (3914 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.1/58.1 in (1,476/1,476 mm)
Wheelbase
93.5 in (2375 mm)
Ground Clearance
9.5 in (241 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.55
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3274 lbs (1485 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4233 lbs (1920 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
Highway
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
Combined
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
248 g/km

JEEP Wrangler 2.5 5MT (118 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5 5MT (118 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2464 cm3
Power
86.8 KW @ 5200 RPM
118 HP @ 5200 RPM
116 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
137 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
186 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
88 mph (142 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
154.1 in (3914 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.1/58.1 in (1,476/1,476 mm)
Wheelbase
93.5 in (2375 mm)
Ground Clearance
9.5 in (241 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.55
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3097 lbs (1405 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4244 lbs (1925 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.3 mpg US (15.4 L/100Km)
Highway
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Combined
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
273 g/km

JEEP Wrangler 4.0 3AT (177 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0 3AT (177 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3960 cm3
Power
130 KW @ 4600 RPM
177 HP @ 4600 RPM
174 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
225 lb-ft @ 2700 RPM
305 Nm @ 2700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
154.1 in (3914 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.1/58.1 in (1,476/1,476 mm)
Wheelbase
93.5 in (2375 mm)
Ground Clearance
9.5 in (241 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.55
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3241 lbs (1470 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4354 lbs (1975 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11.6 mpg US (20.3 L/100Km)
Highway
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)
Combined
16 mpg US (14.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
311 g/km

JEEP Wrangler 4.0 5MT (177 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0 5MT (177 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3960 cm3
Power
130 KW @ 4600 RPM
177 HP @ 4600 RPM
174 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
225 lb-ft @ 2700 RPM
305 Nm @ 2700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108 mph (174 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
215/75 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
154.1 in (3914 mm)
Width
68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.1/58.1 in (1,476/1,476 mm)
Wheelbase
93.5 in (2375 mm)
Ground Clearance
9.5 in (241 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.55
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3241 lbs (1470 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4354 lbs (1975 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12 mpg US (19.6 L/100Km)
Highway
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Combined
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
298 g/km
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