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Front view of the Jeep Wrangler

The undeniably popular Jeep Wrangler continues to evolve its styling and performance offerings for the 2022 model year with a nice list of new features and updated standard equipment. 

Fan-favorite elements from 2021 have all made their way to the new model year, including an extended run for the Tuscadero limited edition paint color. An increase in the number of included standard features also means you're getting more value for your dollar. 

Let's go through a brief rundown of the newest and best highlights of the 2022 Jeep Wrangler.

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Models 

Rear view of the Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler will be offered in 13 distinct models for 2022, which includes the hybrid 4xe version that was introduced last year: 

  • Sport
  • Sport S
  • Willys Sport
  • Willys
  • Sport Altitude (four-door only)
  • Sahara (four-door only)
  • Sahara Altitude (four-door only)
  • High Altitude (four-door only)
  • Rubicon
  • Sahara 4xe (four-door only)
  • Rubicon 4xe (four-door only)
  • High Altitude 4xe (four-door only)
  • Rubicon 392 (four-door only)

The Rubicon 392 is a specialized vehicle for those wanting maximum performance as it's the only Wrangler equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. With 470 horsepower along with the Rubicon's unmatched 4x4 capabilities, there's no road or trail that you can't conquer.

Jeep Wrangler Willys with roof off

For select Willys, Rubicon four-door and Rubicon 392 models, an optional Xtreme Recon package is available, which adds 35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires, 17-inch beadlock capable wheels, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, swing gate reinforcement, and a 1.5 inch suspension lift from the factory, along with specially tuned shocks. 

The plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe delivers the same open-air fun that's unique to Jeeps while giving you the option to operate in all-electric mode for distraction-free enjoyment of your surroundings. 

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Exterior

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon two-door with roof off

Modern and iconic - this is the feeling that every 2022 Wrangler delivers thanks to its signature design elements and unmistakable form. 

What's even more awesome is that the exterior can be transformed in numerous ways, depending on how you like to enjoy the outdoors. You can remove the roof altogether, or equip the Sunrider Flip Top for a combination of hardtop protection plus easy access to fresh air. The available Sky One-touch Power-Top (for four-door models only) offers a full convertible experience, and can be operated at speeds up to 60 mph.

Jeep Wrangler with off-road lighting

Wrangler's doors can also be completely removed, or swapped for half doors so you get maximum visibility as well as protection from debris. The available Dual-Door Group provides both sets of full and half doors, with special storage in the Wrangler for the color-matched half doors. And since the side view mirrors are part of the door, MOPAR has recently released a door-off mirror kit that brings back the convenience of mounted mirrors so you don't need to sacrifice anything for full open-air freedom. 


New for 2022 is an upgraded windshield made of Corning Gorilla Glass. This is the same extra-strength glass used on smartphones, and is lightweight while featuring up to three times more resistance to chips, cracks, and fractures from small stones and road debris. The Corning Gorilla Glass windshield is an available option on Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon models. 

Available exterior paint colors for the 2022 Jeep Wrangler include: 

  • Bright White
  • Granite Crystal
  • Silver Zynith
  • Black
  • Firecracker Red
  • Sting Gray
  • Hydro Blue
  • Sarge Green
  • Snazzberry
  • Tuscadero (limited availability)

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Interior

Jeep Wrangler dashboard

The inside of Wrangler is just as ready for adventures as the outside, featuring plenty of thoughtful storage, weather-resistant materials, and all the best comfort and entertainment technologies. 

Whether you're basking in the sun or enjoying the starry night sky, the available nine-speaker Alpine Premium Audio System provides a rich soundtrack with the help of an all-weather subwoofer, a 552-watt amplifier, and an overhead sound bar for the most immersive experience. 

Infotainment screen of the Jeep Wrangler

Your portal to music and connectivity comes by way of the fourth-generation Uconnect system, which comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Customers have a choice of either a 7-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen display with pinch-and-zoom capability. Uconnect can also function as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing up to eight devices to access the internet within a 50-foot radius - perfect for streaming music at the picnic table.

 

Cargo area of the Jeep Wrangler

There's also plenty of options for securing your gear inside Wrangler. Designed to adapt to your specific needs, you can opt for the available Trail Rail System to tie down large items, organize small things with Jeep Utility Grid, or keep valuables out of sight under the removable cargo floor. 

And after you've had a particularly muddy adventure, Wrangler's weather-resistant removable carpet plus one-way floor drain valves means you can easily wash out the interior with a hose. 

Additional new features for the 2022 model year include:

  • Remote Proximity Keyless Entry is now standard on Sahara and Rubicon
  • Premium audio with 8.4-inch touchscreen comes standard on Sahara and Rubicon
  • 7-inch touchscreen radio is now standard on Sport and Sport S
  • Standard cabin filter that removes 95% of air particulates

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Performance

Jeep Wrangler off roading

Powertrain options for the Wrangler remain largely unchanged from last year, with a choice of five engine setups for the 2022 model year: 

3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine

  • 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque
  • mild-hybrid e-Torque technology available
  • Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission

2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine

  • 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission

3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine

  • 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission calibrated for low-RPM shifts

6.4-liter V-8 HEMI engine

  • 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission

4xe Plug-in Hybrid Powertrain

  • Two electric motors, 400-volt battery pack, and a turbocharged  four-cylinder engine
  • 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of instant torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission

Regardless of which powertrain you choose, the Wrangler is still one of the most capable off-road vehicles thanks to its long history of 4x4 engineering and experience. 

Jeep Wrangler Trail Rated Badge

Every Wrangler wears the Trail Rated badge, indicating it's passed a series of tests to prove its off-road worthiness. It's evaluated in areas like traction, water fording, maneuverability, axle articulation, and ground clearance. And when you equip the Xtreme Recon Package, you'll get a best-in-class approach angle of 47.4 degrees, departure angle of 40.4 degrees, ground clearance of 12.9 inches, and water fording up to 33.6 inches.

Jeep Wrangler off road

In terms of traction, three very capable 4x4 systems - Command-Trac, Selec-Trac, and Rock-Trac - deliver adaptive performance with up to 50/50 torque split, as well as a low-gear ratio that's perfect for low speed rock crawling. Standard Selec-Speed Control even manages your brake pressure and engine torque automatically to help you maintain a set speed as you climb or descend. 

No other vehicle is as ready for off-road adventures as the Jeep Wrangler.

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Safety

Jeep Wrangler off-road tech

Performance and safety go hand-in-hand, and the Wrangler offers over 75 standard and available safety and security features. Some features are achieved through engineering, like the durable Corning Gorilla Glass windshield, while others utilize advanced technology to actively monitor the situation. 

Advanced safety highlights include:

  • Blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlamps
  • Parksense rear park assist system
  • Parkview rear back up camera

Wrangler also offers an available forward-facing off-road camera that allows you to see upcoming obstacles - extra helpful when rocky terrain has your vehicle pointed at odd angles that block your outward visibility.

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2022 Jeep Wrangler Overall

Jeep Wrangler off road

With every 2022 Wrangler, you're getting 80 years worth of off-roading expertise and engineering in a sleek and modern package that's filled to the brim with advanced technology. 

And with the latest introduction of the 4xe models, the Wrangler is breaking new ground as the industry's first electrified open-air SUV, as well as the most planet-friendly Wrangler ever made. 

Get your own adventure started by visiting your local AutoNation Jeep dealership today.

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Andrew Chen | Jan 5, 2022

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