The new Jeep Wrangler Backcountry for 2016 boasts of a special winter-theme and comes riding on the same platform as the Sahara model. It features a Backcountry decal on both the rear quarter and the front fender panel, 17” Rubicon wheels, a unique off-road ready rear and front powder coated bumper. The wheels mentioned above are painted in a black fuel fill door and Mid-gloss Black. Its release should be expected in February 2017.
The 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry also gains the optional Sahara side steps at no additional cost, so is the hard top. But the body color hard top is offered as an option.
Five colors should be expected on the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry: Bright White, Xtreme Purple, Granite Crystal, Black, and Hydro Blue. This is the only model in the entire lineup to offer the Xtreme Purple.
Interior wise, the Backcountry comes in a modicum of style. The controls, gauges, and dashboard are sensibly laid out. The interior layout offers a distinct throwback feel synonymous with the days when car interiors bore the resemblance of the fighter-plane cockpits. In all fairness, the cabin features a bygone era that shouldn’t exist in the modern age.
The rear passengers will undoubtedly face an uphill task whenever they ingress or egress due to the low bench that offers cramped foot-and knee room. Adults will find long trims depressing. Thanks to the removable top, nimble riders can just clamber over the sides rather than face the awkward task of entering through the doors.
See, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry is a capable off-road machine that is capable of dominating any off-road trails. This model offers upgraded suspension systems and plenty of configurations that will put any SUV you’ve ever owned to shame.
On the pavement though, Jeeps – regardless of the model, can elicit irritation and laughs, or even a sense of adventure, depending on your outlook. Unlike any other SUV on sale today, turning left on an intersection will reveal the abundant body roll, and a vague slow steering. The ride quality is generally rough. Higher-speed maneuvers are spooky, and even without the hard top, the profuse road noise will drive you crazy.
Other alternatives you can consider include the pricey 2017 Toyota 4Runner, the 2017 Jeep Renegade, and Cherokee. You could also consider previous versions of both the Toyota FJ and the Nissan Xterra although they are no longer on sale.
At the end of the day, the only vehicle that evokes Ike is none other than the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry. And no matter the serene and comfortable interiors, more secure handling and braking, and upscale technology of its existing and future competitors, Jeep will forever be that rugged, iconic off-roader that has the go-anywhere inherent ability.
Engine Specs – 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry
Underneath all those extra interior and graphic bits, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry comes standard with a Pentatar 3.6L V6 engine. The power generated – 285 hp and 260 lbs. ft. of torque is sent to the wheels via the standard six-speed manual transmission system. Although not expressly specified, the five-speed auto should be expected as an option.
Rumors allege the fuel economy ratings stand at 21/17/18 mpg on the highway/city/combined, while the maximum the Backcountry can tow is speculated at a meagre 3,000 pounds.
Price & 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry Release Date
Although the prices haven’t been announced yet, our mule says we should expect the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry to cost between$29,000 and $33,000 depending on which style you chose: either a 2-door or a four-door version.
The top speed should be expected at around 110 mph.
Exterior Changes & Interior Pictures – 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry
Some of the standard features to look forward to in the new 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry include foglamps, cruise control, cloth upholstery, 16” steel wheels, a 60/40-split fold and tumble-forward seat, an eight-speaker sound system, a fold-down windshield, full-size spare tire, removable doors and top, heated power mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a media player interface, a touchscreen audio interface, heated power mirrors.
The Power Convenience groups adds hood insulation, rear passenger grab handles, painted exterior body panels, tubular side steps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, and satellite radio.
Standalone features that will cost you an extra include a heavy-duty Dana 44 front axle, an upgraded transfer case with a lower crawl control, a special hood decal, Alpine sound system, special cloth seats, rock rails, rear locking differentials, electronic rear and front locking differentials, a 115-V power outlet, coat hooks, and dual-zone automatic climate control.