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The 2019 Wrangler JL has just been given a horrible one star safety rating in the latest assessment from the Euro NCAP. It was already out of the running for a 5 star, due to the fact that it didn't have autonomous braking for launch.
https://www.caradvice.com.au/709508/2019-jeep-wrangler-handed-devastating-1-star-euro-ncap-result/
According to crash data from Euro NCAP, the new Wrangler’s low adult occupant (50 per cent) and vulnerable road user (49 per cent) protection led to the result. The lack of technologies like AEB and curtain airbags make for a very low 32 per cent assist systems score.
 

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This should scare off a lot of folks that weren't already sold on getting a Wrangler. Jeep is just lucky they have a strong following that would overlook concerns like this. I know I am :D
 

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I think we should wait to see what kind of results the IIHS finds before jumping to any conclusions. While this doesn't bode well from a marketing perspective we know that Wrangler buyers often disregard what found in safety tests. The rules and standards have changed significantly over the past few years.
 

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These results are a bit worrisome, but considering how old this platform is, I don't know why anyone is surprised. Most people will just lift it and slap on some steel bumpers and call that a solution.
 

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Systems like AEB will improve our odds greatly in real world scenarios and when last have any of you go into a severe accident? I'm not worried.
 

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There are conflicting reports over whether or not the JL comes with AEB, and it seems that it varies by region. Looks like it is a feature for Canada models, but not U.S. The only mention for forward collision I see is a warning beep. Lack of this system is exactly what contributed to such a low score.
 

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Safety equipment like this should be standard regardless of region. It just doesn't make sense to omit AEB for the U.S, aside from cost cutting.
 

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After doing a bit of searching around it appears that all models do have some form of auto braking. On U.S models however, it will only apply up to 30% of braking power and will not making an emergency stop automatically. So its more or less similar to adaptive cruise control.
 

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Safety equipment like this should be standard regardless of region. It just doesn't make sense to omit AEB for the U.S, aside from cost cutting.
Fear is a great way to get people buying so as long as not offering it standard doesn't hurt sales, you can bet it'll be sold as added safety and next generation technology.
 

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Lets just hope that more standard equipment doesn't equate to a higher starting MSRP. No idea how FCA is going to manage to bring new hybrid and semi autonomous models to market at reasonable prices if this trend continues.
 

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As long as sales continue to increase, as they have at astronomical rates, Jeep has NO need for better equip standard models.
 

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I think he was talking specifically about standard safety systems, because this is one area where the Wrangler lags behind. I know that its a utility vehicle, but that doesn't mean that buyers should just accept the fact that its a more dangerous vehicle to drive.
 

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I think he was talking specifically about standard safety systems, because this is one area where the Wrangler lags behind. I know that its a utility vehicle, but that doesn't mean that buyers should just accept the fact that its a more dangerous vehicle to drive.
I'm just seeing it from FCA's investment end, which provides little motivation to immediately respond to these safety testing results.
But I will be looking forward to ways they can improve the impact on occupants.
 

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There is only so much that can be done on a vehicle with removeable doors and roof panels. While the vehicle may sustain heavy damage in an accident that doesn't necessarily mean harm to the occupants.
 

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Reinforcement beyond the panels will be where they can start working to benefit owners, but systems to the likes of AEB are saving them from it.
 

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Yeah I bought my JL for the safety factor, gas mileage or cruising speed, Not!! Steel bumpers, rock sliders, 37s 2 inch lift. Let's see how that Prius does?
 
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