The 2018 Jeep Wrangler on Wednesday on the Los Angeles auto present. Picture credit score: REUTERS
UPDATED: 11/30/17 1:33 pm ET – provides particulars
LOS ANGELES — The redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler could look strikingly just like its rapid predecessor, however above the skid plates and beneath the detachable prime, longtime followers of the long-lasting off-roader will discover the upgrades included into the primary Wrangler redesign since 2006.
The Wrangler, Jeep’s No. 2 vendor within the U.S. after the Grand Cherokee, captures among the most loyal and passionate house owners within the auto business. Fiat Chrysler Cars has been deliberate in redesigning and re-engineering every part on the venerable SUV.
A lot of upgrades on the brand new JL-generation Wrangler are aimed squarely at bettering gasoline financial system and on-road efficiency, beginning with a regular six-speed handbook transmission or non-obligatory eight-speed automated.
The eight-speed automated by itself delivered a 9 % enchancment in gasoline financial system over the present Wrangler’s five-speed automated, in line with a regulatory submitting by FCA, accounting for a lot of the redesigned Wrangler’s improved gasoline financial system scores.
Jeep officers mentioned Thursday a plug-in hybrid variant of the Wrangler will probably be supplied beginning in 2020.
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All of Wrangler’s engines will now come normal with stop-start know-how, together with its base 285-hp, three.6-liter V-6 that may make 260 pound-feet of torque.
Two different engines will finally be obtainable as choices:
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- A 260-hp, three.Zero-liter V-6 diesel making 442 pound-feet of torque, which will not arrive till 2019 as FCA continues its ongoing authorized wrangling with federal regulators over allegations of diesel emissions violations.
- A turbocharged 270-hp, 2.Zero-liter I-Four engine producing 295 pound-feet of torque.
The redesigned Wrangler is getting an extra possibility on the subject of its switch case. High-end Rubicon trims will get Jeep’s Rock-Trac 4×4 system, with a two-speed switch case and a Four:1 low-range crawl ratio, whereas Sport and Sahara fashions will come geared up with the model’s Command-Trac 4×4 system, with a 2.72:1 crawl ratio. An non-obligatory full-time all-wheel-drive possibility will even be obtainable on Sahara trim ranges.
Gasoline financial system
To this point, gasoline financial system scores have been revealed just for the four-door Wrangler Limitless fashions, which earned mpg scores of 18 metropolis/23 freeway/20 mixed with the eight-speed automated, and 17 metropolis/23 freeway/19 mixed with the six-speed handbook transmission.
Contained in the cabin, the Wrangler’s once-a-decade overhaul actually takes off, beginning with long-overdue upgrades of its infotainment system and data cluster.
A 5-inch touchscreen will probably be obtainable on the low-end Sport fashions, with both 7.Zero- or non-obligatory eight.Four-inch touchscreen shows obtainable on higher trims, together with non-obligatory Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto performance. High-end programs will even embrace new off-road efficiency and path pages for the primary time.
The 2018 Wrangler’s instrument cluster will function both a three.5-inch or 7-inch data display screen, relying on the trim stage. The Wrangler will get push-button begin for the primary time, whereas its seats can have adjustable bolster and lumbar helps. Designers additionally engineered new easy-to-carry handles into the Wrangler’s detachable doorways to make them simpler to take off.
Visibility has been improved with bigger home windows, in addition to a brand new four-bolt system that makes it simpler to drop the Wrangler’s windscreen, which now includes a bigger rake to enhance aerodynamics. When the windscreen is down, drivers will nonetheless be capable of use the rearview mirror, which is now mounted to a brand new header bar connecting the A-pillars.
A brand new powered Sky one-touch system permits a driver to retract the Wrangler’s canvas softtop with the contact of a button (Jeep says the function will not be obtainable till mid-2018). Jeep will make body-colored hardtops obtainable in Rubicon and Sahara trim ranges.
Solely the Sport and Rubicon trims will probably be obtainable as two-door Wrangler fashions. Among the many four-door Limitless fashions, the trim stroll is Sport, Sahara and Rubicon.
Wrangler JL manufacturing is already underway in Toledo, Ohio, with soft- and dual-top four-door variations going into manufacturing starting in December. Manufacturing of export variations will begin in January and two-door JL Wrangler output is to start out in mid-February.
Pricing has not been introduced. Manufacturing of the present JK Wrangler will finish in late March to permit its meeting line to be retooled for the 2019 Jeep Scrambler, the Wrangler-based pickup, set to start in November 2018. The 2018 JL Wrangler will start arriving in supplier showrooms within the U.S. in January.