(You Know, the Four-Door Wrangler)
We have to admit it's nearly anticlimactic to finally have photos of a four-door Wrangler. It's been rumored, Photoshopped, and gossiped for so long now, there's definitely an element of, "OK, thanks. Now, where's the Gladiator?" So, forgive us if the coma causes a slight lack of enthusiasm. We dig it, but we'll cut right to the multiyear chase:
*It will be available in both two- and four-wheel drive.
*This will be the first Wrangler with seating for five.
*Three models will be available: X, Sahara, and Rubicon.
*The wheelbase will be 116 inches (the regular Wrangler will come in at 95.4 inches). Overall length will be 173.4 inches. If you're curious, the Hummer H3's wheelbase is 119 inches; overall length (including spare) is 186.7 inches.
*Curb weight: 4,340 pounds (that's for the Rubicon with an auto transmission). The Hummer H3 is 4,700 pounds.
*Interior space will clock in at 102.9 cubic feet.
*The rear seats will be 60/40 and fold flat for 83 cubic feet of storage space. With the seats upright, cargo space will be 46.4 cubic feet.
*Axles will be a Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear (Rubicon will continue to have 44s front and rear).
*The GCWR will be 7,965 pounds (for the stick-equipped Rubicon).
*Jeep says the approach angle will be 44.4 degrees, and departure 40.5 degrees (the downsize Wrangler numbers compare at 44.3 and 40.4).
*Two-by Unlimiteds will have one skidplate (gas tank), while the four-bys will have three (gas tank, auto-tranny oil pan, and t-case).
*What it won't have: a diesel (in North America) or a V-8. What it will have: the 3.8L V-6, which they claim will make 205 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque (those with keen eyes will recognize those same numbers associated with the two-door '07 Wrangler). Like the two-door, it will have 5.7L oil capacity, and with that curb weight, we imagine that thing'll have to get a Hemi. Eventually.
For all the other traits and specs it'll share with the redesigned two-door, flip back to the May 2006 issue's "TJ vs. JK."