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Jeep® Announces 2002 Wrangler (TJ) Changes and Additions

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2002 TJ - XAuburn Hills, Mich - Jeep® Wrangler continues to be the true, original Jeep that delivers unmatched open-air fun and freedom with the ability to go anywhere, do anything.“The Wrangler offers a lot of fun to a very diverse group of customers,” said Tom Marinelli, Vice President—Chrysler/Jeep Division Global Brand Center, DaimlerChrysler Corporation.“Not only does the vehicle appeal to younger buyers for whom the Wrangler is their only vehicle, but we also see older buyers making a long-time wish come true—they’ve always wanted one. For them, Wrangler is a second or even third vehicle in their garage.”

The all-new ”X“ model, with unique badging, will expand the scope of Wrangler, attracting a younger buyer in search of affordability as well as power in the 4.0-liter engine. The X model features the powerful 4.0-liter engine with 190 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque and cloth seats standard, and will be available at a compelling price. A new option package, including the new Ecco cast-aluminum wheel, P225/75R15 OWL tires and CD player with the premium sound system rounds out this new product offering.

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For the 2002 model year, Wrangler offers a premium sound system by adding two instrument panel tweeters to the optional subwoofer. New for 2001, the subwoofer is located in the redesigned center console with rear cup holders. This new sound system, standard on the Sahara model, provides added enjoyment of the standard radio/cassette combination or optional stereo/CD combination. The Wrangler also has two speakers located in the dashboard and two in the overhead Sport Bar.

The 30" Tire and Wheel Group, always a popular Sahara option, becomes standard for 2002, along with hard doors with full roll-up windows, speed control and sentry key. These items will truly complement our premium model. The Sport will also have a new look with hard doors with full roll-up windows, fog lamps and tow hooks now standard.

New to the Wheel and Tire lineup is the Ecco Wheel and Tire Group. It is comprised of the Ecco cast-aluminum wheel and the P225/75R15 OWL tire, as stated above. In addition to being available on the new ”X“ models, it is also available on SE and Sport.

As part of the continuous improvement process, Wrangler’s heating, ventilating and air condi-tioning (HVAC) controls have been modified for increased air flow. While being five pounds lighter, this system is also quieter than previous generations. The fun-to-drive soft-top Jeep Wrangler lineup for 2002 includes SE, X, Sport and Sahara mod-els. Reengineered for 2001, a new soft-top for enhanced quietness and durability is sure to please Jeep Wrangler owners. Hard tops are optional on all Wrangler models. Dual tops (hard top and soft top in matching colors), offering the most flexibility, are available on Sport and Sahara.

Keeping with the success and popularity of green, Shale Green will replace Forest Green on Wrangler’s exterior color palette. Solar Yellow, first introduced in 2000, is currently Wrangler’s most popular exterior color.

2002 TJ SportJeep Wrangler SE is equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 120 horsepower (89 kW) at 5200 rpm and 140 lb.-ft. (190 N•m ) of torque at 3500 rpm. X, Sport and Sahara models are equipped with the 4.0-liter I-6 engine that produces 190 horse-power (142 kW) at 4600 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque at 3200 rpm. Safety features standard on Wrangler include next-generation air bags(a), an on/off switch for the front passenger air bag, self-adjusting low tension three-point seat belts and height-adjustable shoulder belts. Child seat tether anchorages were made standard for 2001. These anchor points in the rear floor pan add an important element of safety for child seats. A new chapter was added to the Jeep legend with the introduction of the all-new Wrangler for the 1997 model year. With the most significant changes in its half-century-plus history, Wrangler retained its original character and rich heritage while offering superior off-road capability and improved on-road ride and handling.

Sold in 100 countries around the world, Jeep Wrangler is available in left- and right-hand drive versions. It is built at DaimlerChrysler’s Toledo (Ohio) assembly plant.