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2017 Jeep Wrangler Africa Might Kill Off Land Rover Defender

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The Land Rover Defender is thought to be a vehicle that is very hard to beat. However when the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Africa comes out this may change things as it is going to be a strong contender.

The Jeep Wrangler is going to come with four doors and it will have a paint job of Desert Tan. It is going to offer up steel front bumpers and the clearance is going to be high. There is also going to be a power dome vented hood and winch.

The engine in the Jeep Wrangler will be the 2.8 litre diesel with the automatic transmission. The Wrangler Africa could come with Fox shocks and it may have a two inch lift kit. It is going to support the Dana 44 axles on the back and front along with Jeep Performance parts.

Thanks to the fact that the spare tire is located in underbody-mounting the cargo area is going to remain clean looking.

But what do you think? Will the Jeep Wrangler have what it needs to take on the Defender and win?

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2 Comments

  1. TeriAnn

    April 29, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Nope. First the Defender was discontinued in Jan. 2016 because it didn’t meet new EU regulations. Second, Dana 44?? You must be kidding. Long wheel base Land Rovers went to the Dana 60 (built under license) with the introduction of the Series III in early 1970s. Spare under the vehicle? Where it can become a ground anchor under many off pavement conditions. Silly place to put a spare if you are looking for ground clearance. I’ve seen the African prototype a couple of times and if I recall the front and rear diffs are still on opposite sides. The Land Rover lined them up on the same side so there is increased under body clearance on one side allowing larger rocks to pass under without striking the vehicle. The Series II, III & Defender LRs have full floating axles. If you break one the wheel doesn’t fall off. Do the Jeeps still have the semi floating axles? On the other hand the 2.8 turbo diesel is probably a pretty nice engine. It would be nice to see a manual gearbox as an option.

  2. David Hollenshead

    April 30, 2016 at 7:53 am

    The Jeep could replace the Land Rover on sandy surfaces if it had a Manual Transmission, to go with the Diesel Engine, and if the total weight is low enough. The reason for the popularity of the Land Rover was that with it’s Diesel, MT, and Aluminum Body, it was perfect for the conditions.