10 things Jeep changed on the 2024 Wrangler


The 2024 model year brings a mid-cycle refresh to the fourth-generation Wrangler, introduced in 2017. Jeep’s team introduced a host of commendable changes to kick off the second half of the JL’s life. Here are 10 of the most significant updates.

(For a quick review of the 2024 Wrangler, click here.)

Bumper-integrated 8000-pound Warn winch


The Wrangler’s legendary off-road capability is no secret, but neither is the fact that owners tend to take things up a notch (or four) in the aftermarket. One of the most popular additions is an onboard winch. Naturally, Jeep decided to save owners some headaches and just offer a winch straight from the factory.

The 8000-pound Warn winch features 90 feet of synthetic line and is controlled via a wired remote that can be operated from inside or outside of the vehicle. Jeep says that the winch passes all crash tests—the only changes necessary were elongated “crush cans” that flank the winch out front.

Dana 44 HD full-float rear axle

Fitting larger tires is basically a rite of passage for a Wrangler owner. To help the driveline cope with the added mechanical stress, Jeep’s engineers decided to take another common modification—a full-float axle—and bring it in-house, too.

The 2024 Wrangler Rubicon will offer a full-float Dana 44 HD rear axle, which relieves pressure on the axle shaft by redirecting load onto the axle tube via a spindle that houses the wheel hub. The axle shaft, rather than being welded to the hub, slots into a splined receiver on the back of the hub.

Speccing the full-float unit on a non-4xe, 2.0-liter four- or 3.6-liter V-6-equipped Wrangler increases that model’s towing capacity from 3500 to 5000 pounds. (You’ll also need the eight-speed automatic to haul 5000 pounds; the six-speed manual Rubicons are still limited to 3500.)

Speaking of larger tires …

2024 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe exterior off-roading doors off
Jeep’s designers had to pull the fender flares up so that the tires wouldn’t rub when tucked under the vehicle. Stellantis

The Wrangler Willys, a popular “Rubicon-lite” trim, comes standard for 2024 with 33-inch all-terrain tires, up one inch in diameter from those on the 2023 Wrangler Willys.

The added ground clearance isn’t the only upgrade for the 2024 Willys, either: a new locking rear differential also comes standard. The Willys only gets the 2.72:1 low-range transfer case instead of the Rubicon’s 4.0:1 case, but the bigger rubber and locking rear diff should still make the Willys a remarkably capable off-roader—for about $6000 less than a Rubicon.

Two new trims

2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X exterior front three quarter on rock

The 2024 Wrangler family grows by two with the addition of the Sport S 4xe and the Rubicon X. With an MSRP of $51,790 including destination, the Wrangler Sport S 4xe is now the cheapest way into the hybrid-Wrangler family, undercutting the previous value play model, the Willys 4xe, by almost $4000. You’ll still get the same hybrid system you would in any other 4xe: a 17.3-kWh, 400-volt battery and a 134-hp, 181-lb-ft integrated electric motor, a combo good for 21 miles of all-electric range.

On the other end of the price spectrum sits the Rubicon X. Available for both 4xe and regular Rubicons, this maxed-out trim scores you steel bumpers with detachable ends, massive 35-inch tires in place of still-large 33-inch rubber, a standard integrated front-facing camera (it remains an option on non-X Rubicons), and a full-time Rock-Trac transfer case to replace the part-time unit offered on non-X Rubicons. With the full-time T-case, you can select a 4H auto setting that uses clutches to vary torque application between the front and rear axles. The part-time case mechanically locks the front and rear axles and turns them at the same speed at all times, which can be hard on the system when driving on pavement.

New grille

2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe exterior front grille and winch detail
Despite the new design, Jeep says that cooling capacity is actually increased. Stellantis

Jeep’s designers are constantly wrestling with a mandate of “look the same, don’t be the same.” Rest easy, the Wrangler’s iconic seven-slot grille remains; it is just slightly shorter, largely to accommodate that winch.  The easiest way to spot a 2024 Wrangler is to look at the frames around the seven slats; if those partitions are blacked out, you’ve got a ’24 on your hands.

No more antenna

2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xe High Altitude exterior windshield-integrated antenna

Well, sort of. Jeep says many of its customers complained about snagging their Wrangler’s antenna on branches while out in the wild. Jeep’s solution? Integrate the antenna into the windshield support. The only downside: You’ll need to find a new place to mount that rubber ducky.

4xe gets even better

2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X 4xe exterior front three quarter blue on trail

The Wrangler 4xe has a drive mode called E-Save that will store up the battery’s energy and replenish it using a combination of regenerative braking and power gleaned from the engine. For 2024, engineers re-calibrated this system to scavenge power nearly 50 percent more effectively, enabling the battery to recharge even quicker. (Using the engine and momentum to charge the battery will still take far longer than it would if you were able to just plug it in while parked, but on the go, it’s a welcome improvement.)

Additionally, Jeep introduced a new Power Box that plugs into the vehicle and features four 120-volt power outlets that can offer 30 amps of total output to power devices like a TV, a raft pump, or any number of other devices. Previously, the 4xe drivetrain couldn’t power other pieces of equipment, a feature that other hybrids and EVs have made commonplace.

Powered seats

2024 Jeep Wrangler interior power seat switches

“Hang on, the 2023 Wrangler still makes you adjust your own seats?”

Yes, until now, you could not get power-operated seats in a Wrangler. There’s a decent reason: Any Wrangler must be able to ford serious amounts of water, which tends to wreak havoc on electric components. The 2024 model can wade through water up to 34 inches deep—well above the height of the seat—so Jeep engineers had to make sure that all of the cabin’s switchgear and connectors were properly sealed. (Side note: The Bronco has offered powered seats since the 2021 model year; it was high time that Jeep caught up.)

Bigger screens all ’round

2024 Jeep Wrangler interior 12.3-inch center screen detail

Beginning with the 2024 model year, all Wranglers will get a 12.3-inch center touchscreen that runs Stellantis’ UConnect 5 infotainment system. (Previously, you could choose between a 7-inch center screen or the upgraded 8.4-inch screen.) The screen is heavily backlit, and engineers went to great lengths to ensure that the display doesn’t wash out in direct sunlight. After a day in the car in the high sun of the Utah desert, we can declare their efforts mostly a success; polarized sunglasses still dim the screen’s vibrance a touch.

The larger screen meant that engineers had to move the center air vents below the screen, an arrangement that both looks handsome and, as Jeep explained, helps improve the cabin’s airflow.

Side curtain airbags

2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 doors off exterior front three quarter in desert
Nathan Petroelje

Despite their charm, Wranglers aren’t known for being the safest vehicles. The 2024 Wrangler will finally get a safety feature that’s common on most vehicles today: side-curtain airbags for both rows of passengers.

“We drove our engineers crazy asking them to make the airbags smaller and smaller, but the end result is a component that doesn’t interfere with sight lines or the overall visual of the Wrangler,” said Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America.




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    Maybe. My beat up, rusty ’72 CJ5 is a Jeep. 35″ Hankooks with AR wheels, 6″ Rancho lift with steering stabilizer, dropped Pittman arm, disconnectable sway bar, ARB locking differentials, and a Warn 12,000 lb winch. 162,xxx mile 304 AMC V8, factory Borg Warner 4spd trans, quiet 2 into 1, 3inch exhaust. Factory fold down windshield, rust holes you can pass your fist through, creaky, poorly fitting hard top. Overly quick power steering from an Ambassador police car, twitchy and doesn’t inspire confidence over 35mph, bouncy, jerky ride, children’s snow sleds have more effective brakes. Hilarious, if you like terror. But in the woods or mud or snow? You got nothing. And unlike a new kinda Jeep, I use mine for what it was made for and don’t cringe and flinch when sh*t gets crunched. Don’t insurance it, just unbolt and fix. I’ve plowed through thigh deep Fargo snow and yanked modern SUVs out many times. Only take money from jacked up males doing the MAGAt thing. And I CAN pull your F9000RamaradoZ27OffRoad male enhancement device out of the drift. Or ditch. Or hook up hitch to hitch, and I’ll lo-lock drag you til your 7-8-9-10 speed automatic slush box overheats and dies. Centerforce makes a brilliant clutch. Been there. Done alla this. Jeep no longer makes real Jeeps. They make ego extension devices for the wannabes, the mall walkers, man bun wearing, skinny jeans hipsters. Who have money, but don’t know. But my leaky, rusty CJ5 is a real Jeep. How many new “Jeep” owners will pull a stuck vehicle, and when you side to side as you grip, allow the $50k+ pretend Jeep to bang trees or culverts and keep pulling? How many will dig out the snow, hook up the cable, winch tighten, then get in and drag that mommyvan or Suburban full of kids out, while you hop and jerk and tach up on the redline til that bit*h comes loose? None. Jeep used to mean something. Now it’s just hipster jewelry.

    This is a nice list of upgrades. I hate to be cliché, but Wrangler owners can definitely think Ford for some of these upgrades. That said, Jeep has fired its own volleys across Ford’s bow, so now it’s time for the Bronco to have a Dana full-float option (and the higher tow rating that goes with it), maybe the integrated winch option and scrap the AM/FM antenna. Some Big Bend owners would surely appreciate being able to step up to the Badlands’ KO2s with a checkmark on the order sheet.

    No! They finally figured out how to make a 6-door? Surely that can’t be that far off.
    Jeeps don’t have 4 doors. That’s called a station wagon.

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