Jeep Finally Unveils the Latest Generation of 2018 Jeep Wrangler Models [Photos]
As the head of Jeep Mike Manley explained, it is a Jeep "by the people, for the people"
When redesigning a vehicle as iconic as the Jeep Wrangler, automakers often have to walk a fine line between adding innovation and keeping true to brand traditions. That’s the exact goal that Jeep had in mind when crafting the latest generation of Wrangler models.
The result of Jeep’s hard work was finally showcased today at the L.A. Auto Show in the form of the brand-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
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The JL model of the Wrangler is set to replace the previous JK edition of the iconic Jeep vehicle sometime next year. Since the JK was one of the Wrangler’s most popular iterations, the JL had a lot to live up to.
For starters, Jeep designed the new Wrangler with a more aerodynamic design in the front and the back. Part of that endeavor included removing a decent amount of weight from the Rubicon models of the Wrangler JL.
Another way that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler adds a sportier feel is through its roof. Using the Sky One-touch powertop, Wrangler drivers can access the open air in a matter of seconds. Easy-to-remove aluminium doors add to the Wrangler’s open feel.
One of the most notable changes to the Wrangler is its new front windshield frame. This windshield is designed to be easily folded down, all without affecting the rearview mirror within the Wrangler itself.
As far as exterior aesthetics go, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has all of the ones Jeep fans are expecting. A modified seven-bar grille is refreshed, yet recognizable, while the round headlamps are accompanied by refined lighting systems to help illuminate the path ahead.
The vehicle’s interior has also received a technological upgrade, with the inclusion of systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new entertainment center allows for efficient recharging and integration with USB ports.
The advanced technology that the Wrangler JL possesses carries over into its safety systems as well. The 2018 Wrangler is offered with 75 available active and passive safety technologies, including Blind-spot Monitoring and a ParkView rear backup camera.
Still, what Jeep enthusiasts are most interested in is the new Wrangler’s powertrian options. For this latest iteration of the Jeep Wrangler, drivers can select from three major engine options and two transmissions, including a class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine allows Wrangler owners to tap into 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine makes its return, albeit with some upgrades. Fuel economy is improved, while performance tops out at 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
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However, the engine that will likely have Wrangler fanatics most excited is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine. It can produce 260 horsepower and a shocking 442 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, this engine won’t be available at launch, with Wrangler customers having to wait until 2019 for it to be an option.
As for when the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL itself will be released, Jeep is remaining rather tight-lipped about the subject, as well as the model’s base price. All signs point to it arriving on dealer lots before the second quarter of 2018, so Jeep enthusiasts won’t have to wait much longer to get behind the wheel of the latest Jeep Wrangler.