2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Release Date and Specs

The new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers tons of reasons as to why it should appear on your short shopping list, however, there are also significant foibles that you should be weary of too. It is characterful, engaging, capable off-roader, and a downright all-American SUV. Furthermore, the new model boasts of unique features such as its seriousness in off-roading, fun-to-drive character, and an unmistakable styling. Here in this review you get an all-rounded approach to anything that pertains the Wrangler Unlimited such as its release date, price, interior and exterior facets, and specifications for the engine. 

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon front view, orange color, headlights and alloy wheels

But in the midst of all these praise for this unabashedly all-American SUV lurks some negative idiosyncrasies that we think any potential buyer should be weary of before making that order. For one, the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers poor crash test scores. In fact, the government offers the model four stars for overall crash test score for overall crash impact. The ride quality is busy especially on the highway. The convertible operation is cumbersome. And the interior lacks adequate sound deafening materials to insulate the occupants.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

While the list of foibles explained above reads like we are talking of a model designed three decades ago, the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited isn’t any different from its predecessors. It has continued to thrive in this hot-rod segment that features some of the top dogs in the segment thanks to its illustrious history that revolves around its off-road superiority. In fact, no other vehicle in this class can actually manage to rival its off-road prowess.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited side angle, alloy wheels

Aside from its unstoppable-at-the-trail trait, the Wrangler Unlimited 2017 offers a unique exterior and interior styling. Again, its mechanical underpinnings that are still traditional make it a fun-to-drive vehicle.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited front angle, headlights and grille

When it comes to which powertrain lurks under its hood, Jeep says buyers should expect the familiar 3.6L V6 engine that cranks out a whopping 285 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque. Also available is a standard four-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy is rather meagre and stands at 18 mpg in combined highway/city cruising.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited blue color, alloy wheels

When it comes to the available competition, the Wrangler Unlimited enjoys the lack of it. In fact, the only vehicles that it can square it out with include the Toyota FJ, and the Nissan Xterra.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited rear view, tailpipe and taillights

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Release Date & Price

According to Jeep, expect the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to go for sale sometime in the second half of 2017. Pricing is yet to be announced, however, credible reports say the new model will cost almost similarly to the current model that has an asking MSRP of $28,195.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited release date

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Exterior

The new model comes with several new exterior features including a new front fascia that plays host to a slightly redesigned grille, and headlights. Now, both the lights are offered with a standard LED technology. Optionally available are powerful bi-xenon headlights that offer superior illumination good for lighting up dark trails. Although unconfirmed, rumors are rife that the exterior paint has also been reshuffled. Some more exterior features include sixteen-inch wheels, skid plates, full metal doors, a full-size spare tire, and a bigger gas tank than that on the regular Wrangler model.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited exterior, green color, grille

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Interior Pictures

When it comes to the interior, the new Wrangler Unlimited distinguishes itself in a number of areas. First, the interior unlike the previous one, has been redesigned and is now slightly refined than the outgoing model’s. It is a host to a number of standard features and technologies that were previously unavailable on the outgoing model. Optional features, too, are in plenty for those who don’t mind spending an extra above the cost of the vehicle. Some of the accessories you can wait for include cruise control, an auxiliary audio jack, a height-adjustable driver seat, a CD player, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a media player interface.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen and gear shift knob

Available Trims

The Wrangler Unlimited is a four door version of the regular Jeep Wrangler model that is available in three core trims: Rubicon, Sahara, and Sport.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited trims

Engine Specs

Beneath the hood, the new Wrangler Unlimited comes with a 3.6L V6 engine that cranks out 285 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque. 3,500 lbs. is the maximum towing capacity that the Wrangler Unlimited offers when fully loaded.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited engine

As already mentioned above, the fuel economy, as provided for by the EPA stands at 17/21/18 mpg in the city/highway combined.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited engine

Safety

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited spy shots

Government offered the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited mediocre crash impact protection ratings as evidenced by the four stars out of the five that it got from the overall crash impact protection safety it got.

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willyx exterior, alloy wheels

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited trims, exterior

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited interior

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited interior, steering wheel and leather seats

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara exterior, white color

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2017 Jeep Renegade Release Date, Specs and Info

The new 2017 Jeep Renegade is certainly one of the few models from Jeep that has actually embraced a styling and playfulness evolution. It’s practical and rewarding to drive. Some of its attributed include easy-to-use technology interface, lots of character, and best-in-class off-road capability. Its release date should be expected during the 3rd Q of 2017.

2017 Jeep Renegade white color, grille

The 2017 Renegade will for the first time come equipped with a nifty removable cargo light on both the Trailhawk and Limited trims, new automatic wipers, and a new premium audio option.

When the vehicle debuted two years ago, some Jeep critics and enthusiasts were quick to air their concerns on whether the badge of a manufacturer built on a reputation of unquestionable off-road capability could be worn by a subcompact crossover. The skepticism was further fuelled by the fact that Jeep has a reputation of building underwhelming small crossovers like the Patriot and Compass.

2017 Jeep Renegade blue color, alloy wheels

But with a long-term Renegade Trailhawk in our fleet and several road tests under our belts, we can therefore conclude that those fears are unfounded. The Jeep Renegade for 2017 is an excellent subcompact crossover that comes with an off-road athleticism, an easy and fun to drive character, and a fairly comfortable cabin.

2017 Jeep Renegade side angle, red color

However, the Renegade disappoints on several fronts including but not limited to a middling fuel economy rating, intrusive wind noise, clunky and confused automatic transmission system, limited cargo capacity, and tight rear-seat legroom. Well, if you can’t live with this shortcomings, there are several other options worth considering. They include the 2017 Honda HR-V, the 2017 Fiat 500X, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek, and the 2017 Mazda CX-3.

Available Trims – Jeep Renegade

2017 Jeep Renegade exterior, headlights and alloy wheels

The subcompact 2017 Jeep Renegade crossover SUV is available in four trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, and Trailhawk trims.

Interior Colors & Exterior Review – 2017 Jeep Renegade

Standard accessories and equipment available for the Sport trim includes an auxiliary audio jack, power locks and windows, 16” wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, four-speaker sound system, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, keyless entry, a USB port, and cloth upholstery.

2017 Jeep Renegade steering wheel and lcd screen

The Latitude comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable heated exterior mirrors, ambient LED lighting, body-colored door handles, air-conditioning, foglights, automatic headlights, roof rails, alloy wheels, and a fold-flat passenger seat. Electronic add-ons include a six-speaker audio system, voice commands, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rearview camera, a 5” touchscreen, an additional USB port, and Uconnect interface.

2017 Jeep Renegade interior, leather seats

The Limited comes standard with an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, a 115-V household style power outlet, automatic climate control (dual-zone), automatic wipers, 18” wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped shift knob, leather upholstery, an upgraded driver information display, heated steering wheel, automatic wipers, dual-exhaust tips, and heated front seats.

2017 Jeep Renegade rear shift knob

The off-road-themed Trailhawk trim comes fitted with all-terrain equipped 17” tires, a underbody skid plates, a raised suspension system, hill descent control, an all-wheel-drive mode, red interior stitching, a removable cargo floor panel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, premium cloth upholstery, unique exterior accents, tow hooks, an upgraded driver information display, a 115-V household-style power outlet, and a full-size spare.

2017 Jeep Renegade front angle, grille and headlights

Some of the optional features available for the lower trims include a navigation system, rear parking sensors, a 6.5” touchscreen display, lane-departure warning system, a Wi-Fi hotspot and voice texting, rear-cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, blind-spot warning system, and forward collision warning and braking systems.

2017 Jeep Renegade rear angle, black color, taillights

Engine Specs – 2017 Jeep Renegade

A 1.4L turbocharged engine rated at 160 hp and 184 pounds of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission system comes fitted on the base model.

Selective on both the Latitude and Sport trims, and standard for the Limited and Trailhawk trims is a four-cylinder 2.4L engine rated at 180 horsepower and 175 pounds of torque. The nine-speed automatic transmission system is the default system. You have the choice of either the four-wheel-drive or the front-wheel drive version except for the Trailhawk trim that is offered as a four-wheel drive only.

2017 Jeep Renegade engine

During our test drives, the Trailhawk posted a lackluster acceleration of 9.9 seconds for a sprint of 0-60 mph, and 9.4 seconds for the all-wheel-drive 2.4L engine-fitted versions.

With the Trailer To w package, expect the four-wheel-drive 2017 Jeep Renegade to achieve a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Jeep Renegade

2017 Jeep Renegade silver color, exterior

The new Jeep Renegade for 2017 should be expected in U.S dealerships during the 3rd Q of this year latest. As for the price, the MSRP has been set at $17,995.

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2017 Jeep Renegade exterior

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2017 Jeep Renegade interior, steering wheel and dashboard

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2017 Jeep Compass Release Date, Info & Specs

Apart from its affordable price tag, there is little to covet from the fresh 2017 Jeep Compass given the perfection of its traditional rivals. Some of its highlights include an attractive price, optional flip-down tailgate speakers, comfortable front seats, and an above-average off-road capability. Its release date should be expected before this fall.

New add-ons for 2017 include satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and standard automatic headlights for the Latitude trim.

2017 Jeep Compass front view and grile

To be quite frank, the Compass has nothing new to offer for the 2017 model except subtle changes that don’t count a thing in comparison with its rivals. However, it is expected to continue as a steady seller for Jeep despite the obvious shortcomings. And with its baby looks, rock-bottom starting price, and the alluring Jeep nameplate, the Compass will certainly prove to be an enduring appeal for its customers.

2017 Jeep Compass side angle, red color

Opting for the available Freedom II off-road package will give you that off-road oomph you wish for. But the new-found capability doesn’t lack its downsides, as you will have to contend with the poor fuel economy ratings and a fairly cold Continuously Variable Transmission system. You could do away with the latter con if you choose either a six-speed auto or a five-speed manual.

2017 Jeep Compass rear angle and tailpipe

True, the Compass lacks many desirable features and technologies than its competitors, but it offers an affordable price tag that even some of its most formidable competitors cannot keep up with. Some of its rivals include the 2017 Ford Escape, 2016 Hyundai Tucson, the 2017 Honda CR-V, and the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

Available Trims & Jeep Compass

The five-passenger 2017 Jeep Compass crossover is available in two essential trims: Sport and Latitude trims, and two sub-trims: Sport SE and the High Altitude Edition.

2017 Jeep Compass Exterior Review & Spy Shots

2017 Jeep Compass - Spy Shots
2017 Jeep Compass – Spy Shots

The base Sport offers foglights, a tilt-only steering wheel, an auxiliary audio jack, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, a CD player, satellite radio, manual accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, a larger 2.4L engine, and roof rails.

2017 Jeep Compass white color, side angle, alloy wheels

Options include body-color trim, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, full power accessories, and keyless entry and ignition.

Adding an upgraded vinyl and cloth upholstery, heated front seats, integrated audio controls, matching gloss-gray body trim, 18” wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel is the Sport SE package.

Picking the Latitude trim gets you a height-adjustable driver seat, an optional navigation system, a 6.5” touchscreen display, an upgraded upholstery, reclining rear seatbacks, a 115-V power outlet, heated front seats, chrome exterior accents, and silver exterior trim.

2017 Jeep Compass rear front, black color

Offered exclusively on the Latitude is the High Altitude Edition package. It comes fitted with an automatic climate control, a towing package, 18” wheels, manual power lumbar, a six-way power driver seat, a sunroof, 17” wheels, and leather upholstery.

2017 Jeep Compass side view, headlights and aloy wheels

Both the latitude and the Sport SUVs trims have the option of getting the All Weather Capability Group which comes with an all-season floor mats, an engine block heater, daytime running lights, tow hooks, and 17” wheels. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group offers a brake-lock differential, a simulated low-range gearing, an engine oil cooler, a height-adjustable driver seat, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, and a heavy-duty alternator.

2017 Jeep Compass Engine Specs

Rated at 158 hp and 141 pounds of torque is the 2017 Jeep Compass’ base 2.0L four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual is the default transmission setup for the Sport trim, while the CVT is standard for the Latitude trim.

EPA fuel economy ratings for the five-speed manual Compass stands at 23/30/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 22/26/24 mpg with the CVT.

Next up is the optional four-cylinder 2.4L engine rated at 172 horsepower and 165 pounds of torque. With the engine expect it to return fuel economy ratings of 23/29/25 mpg with the front wheel drive Compass, and 21/28/23 mpg with the 4WD version.

2017 Jeep Compass engine

During our test drive, this Jeep Compass – Patriot replacement sauntered from 0-60mph in a lackluster 9.4 seconds with the 2.4L engine.

Safety features include front and rear disc brakes, side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, and antilock disc brakes.

Although disappointing, the Compass managed to scoop only three stars out of the possible five stars during government crash testing.

2017 Jeep Compass Price & Release Date

Once released, the Compass will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $19,595. We should expect the refreshed 2017 Jeep Compass during the 4th Q of this year.

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2017 Jeep Compass interior, steering wheel and dashboard

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