The 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been finally revealed at the 2017 LA Auto Show. The Wrangler, being the iconic face of ‘Jeep’ for many years, is usually shy when it comes to reboots. Mr. Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Head of Design, even (rightly) compared it to the Halley’s Comet.
The Wrangler refresh bring lots of new and innovative features to an otherwise familiar design.
Here’s what it offers:
|Main Engine||Pentastar V6|
2018 Jeep Wrangler design- Exterior & Interior
As expected, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler remains true to its original design. However, it is not completely devoid of changes. Its front now gets taller grille slots and slightly updated position for the circular headlamps. The turn indicators are now mounted on the fender and they look good. The SUV windshield is larger and can be folder with ease. There are also exposed hinges on its door to make them easier to remove.
The new Wrangler gets some changes on its rear as well. These include new, almost-square LED taillamps, and new positions for the number plate holder and window wipers.
The SUV has been made more aerodynamic and increased use of lightweight material like Aluminium is a positive to be pointed out too.
Talking about the Interior, the new Wrangler gets a restyled dashboard and center console, taking inspiration from the Renegade. There are host of other changes as well, including a new a 3.5- or an available 7-inch TFT infotainment display. The latter has capability of up to 100 configurations.
The interior is of high quality and soft-touch plastic has been extensively used. All the dials and handles are ergonomically placed as well.
2018 Jeep Wrangler engine and transmission
The 2018 Wrangler will employ a Pentastar V6 as its top power source, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy has also improved significantly.
|Wrangler 4-door mileage (Manual)||16/23 mpg (City/highway)|
|Wrangler 4-door mileage (Automatic)||18/23 mpg|
There will also be an economical 2.0-liter turbocharged ‘Hurricane’ four-cylinder engine for rated for 268 hp and 295 lb. It comes with a mild-hybrid technology to improve start-stop performance and provide better acceleration at low speeds. A 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel joining later on and there is chance of a proper hybrid by 2020.
2018 Jeep Wrangler price, variants and release date
The Jeep Wrangler will go on sale in the States next year. Increased use of Aluminium and other upgrades will mean that its price will start slight higher, possibly from $25,500. This will extend all the way up to $50,000 for the top-end model.
The Wrangler will be available in both a 2-door and 4-door models. The latter comes in Sport, Sport S, Rubicon and an exclusive Sahara trim. The Rubicon is still the top, off-raod centric variant.
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