2018 Jeep Wrangler

The current Wrangler known as the JK is the best-selling Jeep
ever all over the globe. The current model has been around
since 2007 and has been undergoing mild updates to keep it
modern. This model has sold over 200,000 units across the world
which even exceeded the automakers target by a whopping 27,000
units. Finally, the automaker is set to offer a new 2018 Jeep
Wrangler with various modern improvements but still maintain
the same Jeep tradition.

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The designers will have to work in overdrive to achieve this
since buyers will look for more comfort and technologies but
with the same simple and masculine look which sets the Wrangler
apart from any other car in the market. With this in mind,
expect the model to retain its signature boxy look and
body-on-frame design.

We understand that the model will be released to the market
sometime next year as a 2018 model vehicle. A test mule of this
model was captured around Detroit though under heavy
camouflage. Reports from the company indicate that the new
model will be aluminum-intensive to improve its performance and
fuel economy.

The head of design at Jeep, Mark Allen also confirmed that the
2018 Wrangler will go one better; it will have a crew cab
pickup truck body variant to appeal to a wider group of buyers.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Spy Photo

2018 Jeep Wrangler Exterior

From the testing mule, we can see that the new-generation
Wrangler has a hard top but it looks as if it has removable
soft panels that are set on a substructure. At the front, the
Jeep Wrangler seems to have a windshield that is tilted while
its new grille seems to bend slightly near the top. I believe
its headlights will use LED technology.

At the rear, the vehicle will have a full folding back glass.
Unlike the current models where the tailgate swings sideways to
allow the glass to open upwards, the glass will be pinned to
the roof and open all the way. The tailgate design will also be
modified but the bumpers and wheel bolt patterns won’t be
touched.  We will be able to give you more insight to its
exterior styling once we capture a model without much
camouflage.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior

Our photographers were unable to get close to the testing mule
to look at the inside. However, even if they did, the Wrangler
was under heavy camouflage they couldn’t have captured much. In
addition, since the model is still a long way from production,
it could be that Jeep has not finalized with its interior.

Though there will be a number of new changes to include modern
technologies, the designers must maintain its traditionally
minimalistic cabin with analogue knobs and buttons. For
improved connectivity, rumor has it that the automaker will
replace the outdated Uconnect system with a 5.0-inch Uconnect
system for base trim models and the FCA’s sourced 8.4-inch
Uconnect infotainment system for the top trims. The 8.4-inch
Uconnect system should offer Bluetooth connectivity, navigation
and satellite radio as well as some apps as standard.

The model will accommodate five passengers. Its seats will
likely feature tight-weave cloth upholstery as standard and
leather on top trims. Just like models before it, the new
Wrangler’s carpets and rubber grommets will be easily removable
for easier cleaning.

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Engine Specs and Performance

As of now, little is known about the possible engines that will
drive the new Wrangler. All we have are rumors going around of
a V-6 and a diesel engine. Some rumors are even suggesting that
there will be a hybrid variant.

According to these rumors, there will be a Pentastar V-6 engine
with a displacement of 3.6 liters. This engine will be tweaked
to produce around 300 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque. The
engine will be paired to a new 8-speed ZF transmission system
which will replace the current 5-speed automatic system. Most
of the Jeep enthusiasts are adults over 40 years who are yet to
accept automatic transmissions in their vehicles leave alone
the rising trend of autonomous vehicles. As such, to satisfy
them, the automaker will still offer a 6-speed manual gearbox.

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There will also be a diesel engine. However, it is not clear if
the engine will attain the stringent fuel emission standards in
the U.S: As such, it could only be offered in Europe. The
diesel unit being rumored is a turbodiesel 3.0 L, EcoDiesel
engine which will be adopted from the Ram 1500. Actually, the
automaker is keeping tabs on the Ram 1500 sales in the U.S. to
see whether there is a good enough market for diesel vehicles
before making a decision whether to offer a diesel powered
wrangler in the U.S.

This engine is expected to produce around 240 hp and over 400
lb-ft of torque. This engine will also be mated to ZF 8-speed
automatic transmission, a 6-speed manual gearbox will most
likely be offered as an option. These transmission systems will
send power to all 4 wheels.

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Price and release date

It is hard to predict when the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will hit
dealerships but I am sure it is sometime next year. The
automaker could even showcase the vehicle in a couple of
International Auto Shows before it hits dealerships. Regarding
its price, actual details will be available close to its
on-sale date next year.

However, expect a price hike. The base 2-door Wrangler will
start at around $ 25,500 compared to the current model’s $
23,895 starting price. The Limited trim on the other hand could
start at around $ 33,000. Ticking all options for your Wrangler
will end up costing you as over $ 50,000.

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Competition

Due to its unique exterior and interior styling, the 2018 Jeep
Wrangler is in a class of its own. However, Ford has been
monitoring the increase in sales of the Wrangler with an
interest. Insider reports from the Blue Oval automaker allege
that the automaker is planning to release a new
Ford Bronco to rival the Wrangler.