2019 JLU Rubicon

A Jeep is Born

Ok it wasn’t born, but instead purchased. This is my second Jeep, but my first NEW Jeep. My first Jeep was a used 1989 Jeep Wrangler YJ. The beauty of it was that it was 4 cylinder and no fancy electric components. Analog at its finest. When something broke, it was simple to fix. It was stripped of carpet and bare metal which made cleaning the inside a snap. I just hose the inside with water. The suspension, simple: Shackles, spring leafs, shocks, nothing to it. At first glance, the YJ seemed so frail, but make no mistake, this Jeep is solid! The first time I knew the capabilities of a Jeep Wrangler was when I took it out to Azusa, California. The rest is history.

Fast forward to 2019. A Jeep is… purchased. My first NEW 2019 Jeep Unlimited Wrangler Rubicon. With really no need to say, this Jeep is a beast. All line of Jeep Wrangler trims are capable. I was blessed with being able to purchase a Rubicon.

Let’s get down to the neutral. Jeep is owned by Fiat Chrysler which is based in Italy, but Jeep brand is American inspired and will always be American in my eyes. What is not American inspired is the 2.0 Turbo Hurricane engine. I say this because, I recently watch an episode on Motortrend where they showed a Alfa Romeo, and my Jeep engine looked exactly like it. I’m not at all saying it is bad. Just a bit strange because when you think of Jeep or American, you think V8 or Hemi or something meaty. In any case, I’m over it. Compare the 2.0 Turbo Hurricane to the 3.6 Pentastar, my 2.0 actually has more torque which is better for off-road.

More about the 2.0 Turbo engine: it is complex AF! One gazillion times more complex than my previous YJ analog engine. The 2.0 Turbo engine has tons of learning curve for me and it’s not a bad thing. It’s a challenge I’m happy to take. Did you know that 2.0 Turbo engine has bit of electrical motor the helps push the Jeep until the turbo kicks in? I feel a little bit deceived, but it’s all good – it’s modern times. It’s a smart engine!

Beyond the engine is the Jeep’s Trail Rated suspension. With no modifications, I can go tackle the roughest of terrain. Of course I’m up for upgrades, but that is another article.

Thank you for reading.