The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler looks like a Jeep, which might sound blindingly obvious. But some years back an idiot stylist decided Wrangler needed rectangular headlights – and all hell broke loose amongst lovers of what is arguably the most recognised vehicle in the world.
“Don’t mess with our Jeep” was the clear message – and that near disaster has never happened since.
New Jeep Wrangler has the legendary seven-slot grille with an updated look that has the outer grille slats intersecting with the headlights, thus paying homage to the original Jeep CJ (Civilian Jeep). The top of the grille has been swept slightly back for improved aerodynamics. Slightly, but not too much…
New Jeep has a Sunrider soft top with two additional bows to make it easier to manage the fabric – a worthwhile change.
Under that legendary shape many new items have been installed: advanced powertrains, more comfortable suspension (which we are assured is at least as capable off-road as the current model), many safety features and advanced infotainment systems.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler two-door will be available in three configurations: Sport, Sport S and Rubicon. Wrangler four-doors comes in that format, with the addition of a Sahara variant that sits between Sport S and Rubicon.
Engine are an all-new 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder. The much loved 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine has been upgraded. A 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 will be added to the range for the 2019 model year.
Six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions are offered, though which engine / transmission combinations are coming to Australia has still to be announced. The manual will have a crawl low gear.
There are two 4×4 systems: the Command-Trac 4×4 system has a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and next-generation solid Dana front and rear axles with a 3.45 rear axle ratio.
Wrangler Rubicon, uses a Rock-Trac 4×4 system with heavy duty next-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.
Wrangler Rubicon models offer improved articulation and total suspension travel versus the previous generation with help from an electronic sway-bar disconnect.
The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is equipped with the Uconnect 7.0 or 8.4NAV systems and includes the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.
The Wrangler was added to the Jeep portfolio in 1992. Since 2006, the iconic Jeep Wrangler has been built in the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex.
New Jeep Wrangler won’t be coming Downunder for close to a year. We can’t wait to get into the driving seat. Preferably on harsh surfaces well away from the beaten track. Stay tuned.