Jeep has been toiling away on a new Wrangler for 11 years, and it just showed off the new 2018 model at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s understandable why the new model took so long. The Wrangler is the most iconic model that the brand has. When people think Jeep, they think Wrangler. That means the new one had better be darn good.
The 2018 Wrangler has to do two things: one, appeal to the hardcore off-road enthusiasts that want a rugged and tough vehicle, and two, pull in more buyers who don’t want crossovers but never plan to take their capable SUV off the street. It’s a tough balance, but judging by the looks of the vehicle and its equipment list, Jeep may have pulled it off.
Here’s a closer look at the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s details:
- Classic body-on-frame construction. Familiar boxy look that the Wrangler has always had with slightly reworked exterior for better aerodynamics.
- Three engine options: a 3.6-liter V6 (285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque), a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque), and a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 (260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque).
- All-new six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
- Both two-door and four-door versions are longer at 2.8 inches longer and 3.8 inches longer respectively.
- 44-degree approach angle, 37-degree departure angle, and a 27.8-degree break-over angle, which is better than before.
- Standard push-button start, standard 7-inch (optional 8.4-inch screen) Uconnect infotainment system.
- Removable doors and windshield. The doors are now made of aluminum.
- Numerous roof designs including a soft, power-retracting top.
- Wrangler Sahara trim has an optional Selec-Trac full-time all-wheel-drive system.
- A hybrid model will come sometime in 2020.
It would seem to us that the new Wrangler has managed to keep its rugged look and off-road capabilities while upgrading its tech and interior for the modern age. It should make many people happy. The tech on the current Wrangler is extremely outdated and the addition of the Uconnect system was much needed. Barring any serious issues with the model, we see this new Wrangler being a real winner for the brand. It should hit showroom floors come January.