Are you kidding? The Jeep Wrangler got a one-star NCAP safety rating! Any new Chinese car gets a lot better than that!It's a mischaracterization of the Jeep to say that it's simply a heritage vehicle- solid-axles, Coil Springs and ladder frames are grounded in the past sure, because they work, but on top of that is a modern vehicle with every convenience and safety feature most people would ever really need. All the while wrapped in one of the most iconic designs in the history of the automobile.
You CANNOT maintain ladder frame chassis and be as safe as a modern SUV or any normal car. It will never work.
And therefore it is not a modern car, even though you can put on modern gadgets.
Offroaders want the old style, so it is easy to modify and better offroad.
But for companies it is getting increasingly harder to sell the old style, especially if your main market is NOT the US or Australia.
Because the rest of the world only buys the old style trucks when they really need them.
So after making boxes on ladder chassis for 70 years, that aren't selling that well, it is not surprising that they made a choice at some point to modernize it.
Outside the US, any box on a ladder chassis does not sell well to the regular public.
And since the old Defender was never sold in the US, and the Australian market, much like the rest of the world, switched to Landcruisers and Nissans, the market is very small.
Now, they are making a new vehicle that they can sell to people that would otherwise buy SUVs.
It may be more "Lifestyle" than true off-roader, but it makes sense for the company.
Please realize that there are very few countries where it works to sell the old recipe and where they are not all buying Japanese stuff.
The US market in which a lot of pickup trucks and also classical 4x4s are sold (such as the Wrangler) is in no way similar to the rest of the world.