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2009 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited: More Doors, More Fun

2009 Jeep Wrangler UnlimitedAuburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2008  -  The 2009 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited remains the only four-door convertible on the market. With room for five adult passengers, it features the most cargo space ever offered in a Wrangler, plus class-leading off-road capability and everyday practicality.

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has won over customers who always wanted a Jeep Wrangler, but also needed more space and versatility. By adding 20.6 inches to the standard Jeep Wrangler's 95.4-inch wheelbase, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's wheelbase equals 116 inches, which allows for a larger rear seat and significantly more occupant and cargo room.

Unlike the four-wheel-drive-only configuration of the standard Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited also is available in two-wheel drive. All Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models use the same tough body-on-frame construction, full-framed or half doors, exposed hinges, fold-down windshield and innovative removable convertible tops as their Wrangler siblings.

In addition, 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models add refinement to the mix with standard Hill Start Assist (HSA) that prevents rollback on a graded surfaces. Trailer Sway Control (TSC) also is available to monitor vehicle movement relative to the intended path and activates the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) if the trailer begins to sway outside set parameters.







2009 Jeep Wrangler UnlimitedInspiration for the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited's design came from several sources within Chrysler. Jeep concept vehicles, including the 1997 Jeep Dakar, 2004 Jeep Rescue and 2005 Jeep Gladiator, yielded design treatments that broke new ground in Wrangler design. In particular, the notion of adding more space and utility to the Wrangler's legendary off-road capability was a guiding inspiration to the creation of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

The 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited stands out with its four-door, open-air design and Jeep brand signature design cues: classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille, trapezoidal wheel flares and exposed hinges. The 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited exterior is marked by taut lines, sharp angles, flat surfaces and subtle curves, giving Wrangler Unlimited a timeless quality: traditional but not stodgy, rugged but not intimidating, strong without being overdone. The result is a design that is simple, strong and purpose-built.


While its legendary off-road capability is a given, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited also boasts another feature that appeals to a growing number of customers: a spacious interior that takes comfort and convenience to new lengths.

Interior space in the 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited equals 102.9 cu. ft., providing room for five adult passengers and delivering more cargo storage and seating configurations than any previous Wrangler.

The 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers front-seat occupants a total of 54.6 cubic feet of room, while rear-seat room is 49.4 cubic feet. Front-seat occupants get 41 inches of leg room, while rear-seat passengers get 37.2 inches. With rear seats in the upright position, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features 46.4 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats. Rear seats split 60/40 and easily fold flat, creating 83 cu. ft. of total storage volume. An underfloor storage area secures personal items out of sight.

All four doors on the 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are front-hinged, with inside and outside handles, and windows that lower completely. Rear doors feature exposed forged hinges, open a full 90 degrees and provide a 30.5-inch-wide opening. Power windows with front one-touch operation are available, with a plug-in/out capability that still allows the Wrangler Unlimited's doors to be removed.

The 2009 Jeep Wrangler provides several options in tops. Standard is the innovative Sunrider® soft top, which includes a "sun roof" in addition to the full top-down option. Jeep's Freedom Top,® a three-piece modular hard top, is available. This system features three panels - left and right front-passenger panels and a rear panel - providing more options for open-air driving. And, of course, either top may be completely removed for a true open-air experience.

Capability has always been the core attribute of the Jeep Wrangler, starting with the basics. While improving its legendary 4x4 Jeep capability, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler benefits from a frame that is 100 percent stiffer than its predecessor and a body structure that is 50 percent stiffer.

Suspension is a refined five-link coil setup with tuned shock absorbers. This setup works with a Dana 30 front axle and next-generation heavy-duty Dana 44 rear axle. The 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon model uses front and rear Dana 44 axles. The 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon model also offers an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar, called the Active Sway Bar System, which delivers additional wheel travel for challenging terrain.

With high ground clearance combined with short front and rear overhangs, the 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is able to conquer incredibly challenging off-road obstacles, especially severe inclines. Off-road aficionados recognize the key numbers: for the Rubicon model, an approach angle of 44.4 degrees, breakover angle of 20.8 degrees and departure angle of 40.5 degrees. Underbody protection is provided by three skid plates - protecting the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan.

2009 Jeep Wrangler UnlimitedThe powerplant for the 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a 3.8-liter V-6 engine producing 202 horsepower (151 kW) and 237 lb.-ft. (321 N•m) of torque, backed by a standard six-speed manual gearbox (not available on Wrangler Unlimited two-wheel-drive models) or an available four-speed automatic transmission.

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X and Sahara models are equipped with the second-generation Command-Trac® NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. An optional Trac-Lok® limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip during slippery, low-traction situations, such as driving over sand, gravel, snow or ice.

The 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon model is equipped with an Off-Road Rock-Trac® NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, as well as electric front- and rear-axle lockers, an electronic sway bar disconnect and 32-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires.

On-road ride balance in the 2009 Jeep Wrangler lineup is refined, with minimal body lean when cornering and braking. Suspension geometry provides precise ride-and-handling characteristics, while lower suspension spring rates provide a softer, more comfortable on-road ride. An Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving maneuvers on any type of surface, is standard on the 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The ESP system features three modes - "full on," "full off" and "partial on."



First-ever four-door Wrangler expands the Jeep experience
o Maintains Wrangler two-door's best-in-class off-road capability with similar approach angle (44.6 degrees vs. 44.4), departure angle (40.6 degrees vs. 40.7) and ground clearance (0.7 inches more than 2006 model)
o Electronic-disconnecting sway bar increases suspension articulation
o Equipped with solid front and rear axles, axle lockers, skid plates, tow hooks and 32-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires
o Available towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. provides more capability
o 116-inch wheelbase is 20.6 inches longer than the new two-door Wrangler, yet overall vehicle width essentially is the same (previous-generation Wrangler featured a 93-inch wheelbase on the standard model and 103-inch wheelbase on the Wrangler Unlimited)
o Room for five passengers - a Wrangler first - including a rear-seat package and storage capacity competitive with mid-size SUVs
o 46.4 cu. ft. of cargo volume behind rear seats - an increase of 24.1 cu. ft. (vs. previous-generation two-door Wrangler Unlimited)
o Front-seat area boasts 54.6 cu. ft. of space - an increase of 4.8 cu. ft. - providing 5.1 inches more shoulder room and 4.6 inches more hip room than previous-generation two-door Wrangler Unlimited
o 33-inch couple - an increase of 3.7 inches (vs. previous-generation two-door Wrangler Unlimited) - provides more rear-seat comfort and roominess
o Rear seats feature ample room for adults, with 37.2 inches of leg room and 56.7 inches of hip room (vs. 34.5 inches and 41.2 on previous-generation two-door Wrangler Unlimited)
o 83 cu. ft. of cargo volume behind front seats - an increase of 21.8 cu. ft. (vs. previous-generation two-door Wrangler Unlimited)
o A standard 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 202 horsepower and 237 lb.-ft. of torque includes a standard six-speed manual transmission (not available on Wrangler Unlimited two-wheel-drive models) or four-speed automatic transmission
o Achieves more horsepower and torque with improved fuel economy over previous I-6 engine
o All-new 100-percent stiffer frame
o Wheelbase increased 20.6 inches (to 116 inches from 95), which contributes to a smooth ride and quiet cabin
o Lower spring rates, advanced shock tuning and new powertrain and body mounts isolate the passenger compartment from vibrations
o Only true 4x4 convertible available on the market
o Standard Sunrider® soft top provides open-air driving, while an available three-piece hardtop - Jeep's Freedom Top® - provides more options
o Hundreds of different door, top and windshield combinations
o Hill Start Assist (HSA)
o Available Trailer Sway Control (TSC)
o Advanced multi-stage air bags
o Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
o Brake Assist
o LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
o Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
o Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
o Energy-absorbing steering column
o Seat belt pretensioners
o Seat-mounted side air bags
o Side-impact door beams
o Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM)

True to Jeep heritage

Rugged Jeep character with many convenience features


2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited InteriorStandard Features

Optional Equipment

2009 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

Standard Features
In addition to standard features on Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X, standard features on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara model include:

Optional Equipment

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Standard Features
In addition to the standard features on Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon standard features include:

Optional Equipment


Please refer to the Safety and Security Glossary in the Safety and Technology section for descriptions of the following features:




Born from Wrangler, the Jeep brand icon and ultimate 4x4, the Wrangler Unlimited is for those who want four-door versatility with the capability, fun and freedom found only in a Wrangler.



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