The annual Easter Jeep Safari is in full swing over at Moab, Utah. And while America’s original SUV brand has already pulled the covers off of its unique concepts (our favorite being the Srambler), there’s bigger news. The 2024 Jeep Wrangler lineup has been fully revealed, and it’s responding to the Ford Bronco in several ways. Take the updated JL Wrangler Willys, for example.
Now, the Willys isn’t a trim level. Rather, it’s a comprehensive package available exclusively on the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Sport S. And if your budget isn’t quite within the range of a Wrangler Rubicon, with its locking front axle and detachable sway bar, this is the Jeep you want.
For 2024, the Wrangler Willys shares the Rubicon’s Tru-Lok rear locker as standard, as well as standard steel rock sliders, trailer tow and heavy-duty electrical group. Perhaps more importantly for off-roading, larger 33-inch BFG KO2 tires are now standard on the Wrangler Willys, replacing the 32-inch set from before. Furthermore, all-new next-generation Dana 44 HD full-float rear axle – standard on Rubicon – is available on Willys.
Further, an Xtreme 35 Package is also available for the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Willys. This upgrades the tires further to 35-inch KO2 tires, while adding 17-inch beadlock capable wheels, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, a swing gate reinforcement to support the extra weight of the bigger tire, and a 1.5-in. factory suspension lift with uniquely tuned shocks. Now we’re talking.
For those going the more efficient route, the Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe adds the Selec-Trac full-time transfer case with a 4LO ratio of 2.72:1 for the 2024 model year.
Underneath, the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Willys features four skid plates. They protect the fuel tank, transfer case, and transmission oil pan.
Chassis-wise, the 2024 Jeep Wrangler continues to use a body-on-frame architecture with a proven five-link rear coil suspension setup, accompanied by two upper and two lower high-strength steel control arms for longitudinal axle control, and a track bar for lateral axle control. The front suspension also features two upper and two lower high-strength steel control arms for longitudinal control and a cross car track bar for lateral axle control.
Safety-wise, forward collision warning and advanced cruise control with stop now come standard on 2024 Jeep Wrangler Sport S and above, while blind-spot and cross-path detection and ParkSense rear park-assist system are optional on Sport S, Willys, Sahara and Rubicon. A ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, traction control and electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation are standard on all models.
Pricing and availability for the 2024 Jeep Wrangler lineup will be announced at a later date.