Maybe one of the succesful members of the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari idea autos is that this – the Wrangler Africa. It’s designed for excessive overland adventures like these you may conjure up containing an unique Land Rover rolling via the wild planes of the Serengeti.

Review 2015 Jeep Wrangler Africa

Review 2015 Jeep Wrangler Africa

Come to consider it, the Wrangler Africa takes loads of cues from the Land Rover Defender wagon. That’s very true with the raised roof and its black cargo rack, together with the prolonged rear part and barn door hatch. Regardless of its apparent inspiration, this Jeep is able to make its personal path.

Jeep engineers labored their magic on the greasy bits of this Wrangler, making it prepared for an prolonged journey off highway. That’s excellent news because the Jeep will be a part of its six idea siblings in Moab, Utah throughout the 2015 EJS. The occasion takes place March twenty eighth via April fifth.

Exterior Interior 2015 Jeep Wrangler Africa

The Wrangler Africa seems just like the run-of-the-mill Wrangler from the C-pillar ahead. Its doorways, hood, and entrance clip are all as they rolled of the meeting line. Issues get completely different up high and out again. First, engineers prolonged the Wrangler’s size behind the rear axle. The additional room brings extra inside space for storing and permits the complete-dimension spare tire to suit under the physique. The roof is fitted with a small raised part full with a full cargo rack. From the look of issues, this tough high is everlasting.

The Jeep is then fitted with the identical metal bumper from the Wrangler Rubicon Onerous Rock and Rubicon X editions. It contains provisions for an electrical winch, which Jeep has exploited right here. Two driving lights present nighttime steering.

Man wires run from the hood to the roof for maintaining tree branches from smashing the windshield. Jerry cans are hooked up to the entrance fenders for further gas storage. “Energy Step” rock rails defend the rocker panels from harm whereas offering a stable place to step.

Round again, the rear bumper is once more borrowed from the Wrangler Onerous Rock, solely this one has extensions that attain towards the rear tire. The extensions additionally present additional steps for straightforward entry to the roof rack. In contrast to the usual Wrangler, the Africa idea includes a full, barn-door-model rear door.

Admittedly, the prolonged design and full rear door look unbelievable.

Interior 2015 Jeep Wrangler Africa
Interior 2015 Jeep Wrangler Africa

Jeep doesn’t point out a lot concerning the inside adjustments on the Wrangler Africa apart from its flooring coverings. The whole physique tub is coated in white truck mattress lining. The thick coating protects the metal from injury and corrosion whereas giving a grippy floor.

The only picture offers clues as to this Jeep’s trim stage. The mocha brown leather-based seats counsel this Wrangler began life as a Sahara version, which means the sprint is upgraded with navigation from the 730n Uconnect system.

Exterior 2015 Jeep Wrangler Africa

Drivetrain 2015 Jeep Wrangler Africa

Right here’s the place the enjoyable picks again up once more. Engineers fitted this Wrangler with the Euro-spec 2.eight-liter, 4-cylinder turbodiesel. The engine produces 197 horsepower and a decent 339 pound-ft of torque. The widespread rail diesel is mated to Chrysler’s getting old 5-pace computerized transmission. Regardless of the dearth of a handbook transmission, the diesel supplies greater than sufficient energy to crawl over any impediment.

Different elements borrowed from the Rubicon are the Dana forty four axles entrance and rear. The stronger axles present a wonderful basis for the Jeep and certain maintain some decrease gears and lockers – although Jeep hasn’t talked about any of that info.

A two-inch suspension raise, Fox shocks, and aggressive, 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires mounted on 17-inch metal wheels add much more functionality to the recipe.

Conclusion 2015 Jeep Wrangler Africa

All advised, the Wrangler Africa is a reliable off-roader with the bones of a Jeep and the center of a Land Rover. Whereas the Jeep Jeep purists (like myself) may need a tough time getting previous that, this idea proves that the Wrangler is a flexible machine that may be tailored to just about any utility.

Sadly, this Jeep will virtually actually by no means enter manufacturing – a minimum of not within the U.S. Even nonetheless, it’s nice to see Jeep take such a daring design step and showcase it for 1000’s to see on the Easter Jeep Safari.