The all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler takes drivers forward into new and unchartered trails, and for the first time, the iconic vehicle comes with a standard ParkView rear backup camera to give drivers a view of what is behind them.
But how did FCA designers add a backup camera without radically altering the look of the vehicle and preserving the rear-mounted spare tire?
“On the Jeep Wrangler, where we mounted the camera was a big consideration,” said Thomas McCarthy, Head of Product Safety & Product Analysis FCA US. “The Wrangler always has a rear-mounted spare tire and we wanted to make sure we had the camera mounted in a position where, regardless of the wheel and tire package, the camera functionality would not be obscured.”
The backup camera on the all-new Wrangler mounts in the center of the rear spare carrier and is covered in a metal, tube-like structure to protect the camera. Additionally, a rear camera cover provides additional protection and locks the tire to the carrier.
The camera provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle. Dynamic grid lines aid the driver when maneuvering into parking spaces or narrow areas. The camera image displays on the navigation screen when the transmission is shifted into reverse.