Week 2: Jeep Wrangler update

Two weeks into our long-term drive of the Jeep Wrangler, I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience. For someone constantly behind the wheel of ultra-modern vehicles packed with high-tech features, driving a Wrangler is effectively akin to a detox session
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December 13, 2016
Photos: Kinan Al-Habbal

Two weeks into our long-term drive of the Jeep Wrangler, I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience. For someone constantly behind the wheel of ultra-modern vehicles packed with high-tech features, driving a Wrangler is effectively akin to a detox session. This thing is a veritable throwback to the Forties, when the original Jeep revolutionised the concept of off-roading.

It’s not just in appearance that the Wrangler harks back to the olden times, though. The cabin is as Spartan as they come, with just the basic controls placed on a simple, hard plastic dashboard. Hardly anything in there is automatic, except the transmission in our tester’s case. So if you’re someone used to convenience features such as automatic parking, or aids like reversing cameras, blind-spot warnings, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, then you’ll have to unlearn all those habits. Here, you are in control, with no electronic nannies. There isn’t even an auto headlight feature. So you will have to use that stalk beside the steering wheel to switch the lights on and off. If all that sounds like a lot of work, this isn’t a car for you.