Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler product manager Brandon Girmus told about the advantages of the latter.
Since its rival Ford Bronco debuted, the Wrangler expanded its lineup with new versions – the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid and the Wrangler Rubicon 392 with a Hemi V8.
Brandon Girmus says a solid front axle is the largest advantage of the model, as it makes the SUV unbeatable in articulation and durability at low-speed rock crawling.
Another advantage is the ease of adding a lift and bigger tires that’s much easier and cheaper to do with the solid axle than with an independent suspension.
The third advantage is the fact the Jeep Wrangler benefits from a huge network of customer and aftermarket support, including Easter Moab Jeep Safari, Jeep Beach, SEMA, fan clubs, accessories makers.
The Ford Bronco, however, offers its own exciting programs such as the Off-Roadeo. The Bronco community is seeing a revival.
The Ford Bronco engineers consider that for the independent front suspension they made the Bronco’s manners much better on-road, and balanced the performance, especially at higher speeds where the competitors did not. Ford believes it could achieve a fundamental architectural tradeoff between a live axle and IFS in the Bronco.
In addition, the A-pillar-mounted mirrors in the Ford Bronco provide rear visibility when the doors are removed. On the contrary, the Jeep Wrangler needs a Mopar accessory or aftermarket solution to have doorless mirrors.
There are Pros and Cons for the Wrangler, and for the Bronco. The first holds a stable strong position in the marketplace, the second is now in production and soon will reach customers. We’ll see how the revived Ford Bronco is making its way, and if it will be able to beat the Jeep Wrangler.