At the Moab Easter Jeep Safari, Venchurs introduced the first XPLORE Adventure Series Jeep Wrangler that will be auctioned in the fall. A portion of the profits will go to the National Park Foundation. The Wrangler gets a very special matte dark green paint and has been fitted with a full range of ARB and Mopar equipment.
Select Jeep dealerships across the country will offer the XPLORE Adventure Series Jeeps. Buyers can choose from four packages that have varying levels of equipment and capability.
XPLORE Stage 1 Vehicle Packages have Katzkin leather interiors as a builder level for a broad range of options such as genuine Mopar Performance Parts and Accessories that were installed by the dealer.
The XPLORE Stage 2 Vehicle Packages have Xplore/Method Racing aluminum wheels in black or machined-finish, Mopar cat-back exhaust, Bilstein 5100 Series shocks, and Xplore aluminum badges and floormats.
For some pretty serious stuff, XPLORE Stage 3 offers a set of BF Goodrich off-road tires, expedition quality ARB roof racks, rock-rails, roof-top tents, bumpers, tire carriers, Warn winches and IPF lighting. What makes it more awesome is that they can be bought as mix-and-match accessories.
Those who buy an XPLORE Stage 2, 3 and built-to-order Stage 4 Jeep owners get a free, one-year annual pass to all national parks and other federal public lands. They will also be the recipients of a one-year subscription to XPLORE Adventure Journal.
What makes the Jeep Wrangler unique is not just its celebrated four-wheel drive that gives it an off-road capability unlike any other. It is also backed with 4x4 engineering experience lasting at least seven decades. The Wrangler continues to have that body-on-frame design in addition to the live axles, electronic lockers, and the five-link suspension system for both the front and the rear.
However, Wrangler will now come with a choice between a six-speed manual transmission and the automatic five-speed gearbox. Aside from having a new powertrain, engineers at the company have managed to optimize the sound and the ride characteristics of its body-on-frame design. Helping with the overall improvements aside from the new motor and adapting new transmissions are the suspension calibrations that have been revised.
The improvements are felt regardless of whether the Wrangler is being driven on the highway or off-road. Through a series of tweaks, the engineers also managed to enhance the sound quality in the interior.
This was made possible by refining the noise damping in its firewall and improving the mounting system of its powertrain. Also helping with the sound quality is the addition of an engine cover in order to insulate the interior from the noises that are coming from the engine or even the road surfaces. While the vehicle is idle, it is difficult to hear any noise from the engine even on the outside. This could be because all of the accessories of the 3.6-liter V-6 engine were mounted directly to it and thus needed no accessory brackets.
In doing so, all of the accessories, like the compressor for the air conditioner, alternator, and power steering pump, have been fastened securely, making them less vulnerable to vibration and ultimately resulting in less noise. Meanwhile the shocks have been retuned and were even designed to make sure that it has the best balance when it comes to off-road capability and on-road handling.