Very few carmakers have made a name for themselves like the Jeep Wrangler dynasty. Now there’s a new Overland, built with city comfort and off road fun in mind. It features modern upgrades that will please the urbanite and adventurer in us all.
The exterior of the Wrangler Overland remains true to its origins. Round LED headlamps nestle in the seven-slot grille, and are adjoined by large flat body-coloured fender flares. A solid black bumper with LED fog lamps completes the front end.
Indicators and daytime running lights are cleverly embedded, and the iconic Wrangler bonnet clasps are easy to reach. Walk on over to the side, and you find a real sense of ruggedness. Huge wheels arches both front and rear house a great set of alloy wheels.
These 18-inch diamond cut offerings are larger than those found on its Night Eagle and Rubicon counterparts, but look the goods. Rugged side steps are also included, making it that little bit easier to hoist yourself in.
A traditional fixed long mast antenna sits on the right-hand front side, while the full metal doors are as tough as they come. You’ll need a bit of extra elbow grease when closing them. Considering they’re removable, it’s not surprising they’re heavy.
The attached side mirrors are a little small though. At the rear, the Wrangler Overland finishes just how it started, as Wrangler as ever. The distinct tailgate mounted spare wheel carrier, encased in hardcover, are where your eyes go first.
Sitting within the cover, is the rear-view camera, while LED taillights jut out of the body on each side. A solid steel tailgate swings open with ease. The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland is also Trail Rated, meaning it passed a series of tests through rugged terrain.
To further bolster your off road adventures, the undercarriage has been fortified with skid plates across the fuel tank and transfer case, and a skid bar protects the automatic transmission oil pan.
The interior of the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland is at complete opposites to the exterior. If the outside is rugged beast, then the inside is all supple comfort. You can relax into the soft and comfortable Black McKinley leather seats, etched with the Overland logo.
Featuring built-in warmers for driver and passenger, they’re a nice fit. Rear seats (minus the warmers) also experience the same seat lining, and you’ll find three top tether anchor points for child seats.
A premium wrapped steering wheel (which also warms up) and has all the bells and whistles to manage cruise control and multimedia features. Talking of technology, the instrument cluster houses a 7-inch multi-view driver information display.
It supports next turn directions from the built-in navigation system that’s part of the 8.4-inch Uconnect4 touchscreen, which also includes Bluetooth, AM/FM/DAB+ radio, and wired Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
A single USB-A and USB-C port can be found just beneath the air conditioning controls. There’s a set of two USB-A and USB-C connection points in the rear too. The resolution of the reverse camera is sensational, offering great clarity and proximity of view.
The sound system is on point, with a 552-watt Alpine premium 9-speaker system, including a subwoofer. Given the solid insulated cabin, the beats sound a treat. The absolute highlight for the interior experience for us though is the Sky-One-Touch Power Top.
At the touch of the button, the soft ceiling retracts to the back, opening the cabin to the great outdoors. No need for taking off panels and storing them. All that’s left to do is fold down the windscreen, and you have the best of both worlds.
The Sky-One-Touch is an optional extra, but it is well worth it. Now onto the not so great stuff. An unfortunate drawback is the lack of legroom for the driver, which appears to be either the result of the RHD conversion, or just poor design.
We found that having two feet extended was troublesome, where typically you would have your left rest in the corner (there simply isn’t somewhere to put your left foot because the tunnel is in the way. Passenger leg room is oddly adequate.
On the safety front, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland comes with four airbags, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and front and rear parking assist. It only has a 3-star ANCAP safety rating, the result of missing lane keep assist systems.
It’s powered by a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, channelled through an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Offering 209kW of power and 347Nm of torque, it drinks a fair bit of juice. During testing, we managed 11.8-litres/100km (compared to a claimed 9.7-litres).
Off the mark, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland is ready to launch at the touch of accelerator. With barely any lag, it does suffer at the hands of body roll, thanks to soft suspension. In saying that, once you acclimatise to it, the handling is good.
Cruise control works well on highways, and the blind spot monitoring was handy in busy traffic. It is a bulky unit, so inner city parking can be a challenge. That said, its high ride height and wide wheelbase offer some protection.
That slide back Sky-One-touch roof makes a hell of a difference to the driving experience too. It’s sublime, and shutting it feels almost out of character. All-in-all, the latest Wrangler Overland keeps true to its roots, and Jeep hasn’t tinkered too much with the secret sauce.
It’s available in a range of colours, including Bright White, Black, Sting Grey, Firecracker Red, Sarge Green, Hydro Blue, Silver Zynith, High Velocity, Punk’n, and Earl. It comes with a 5-year 100,000km warranty.
On the price front, you’ll need to part with $94,965 drive away for a 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland, which is a little expensive for our liking. You can find out more on the Jeep Australia website, and if you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.
Our test vehicle was provided by Jeep Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland, talk to your local Jeep dealer.