The 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been unveiled at a private event before the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Jeep has finally taken the wraps off the 2018 Wrangler SUV in Los Angeles, United States. Available in Sahara and Rubicon trims, the most iconic Jeep SUV gets a host of updates to the exteriors and interiors. The SUV will be making it to India eventually with both the petrol and diesel engines and will replace the current generation Wrangler.
Starting off with the design and looks, though the new Jeep Wrangler gets modern design elements, it still does come across as a traditional Jeep SUV with the basic and uncluttered design language like the Willys Jeep of early 1940’s. The SUV in its 2018 iteration underpins a new, lighter, larger and rigid platform. It still gets the 7-slat chrome grille, however, this time around, it is no longer just flat but now features a more angled approach making for better aerodynamics as compared to older models. The headlights are LED units (in the top-spec variants) and also feature halo LED DRLs. The front fender also gets an additional LED DRL setup.
Talking of fenders, for the first time, the Wrangler’s fenders are vented and have been completely redesigned. They are wider and detailed than the previous generation models. The windscreen is raked a little more to aid in aerodynamics, there is a built-in spoiler at the rear and the wheels have been pushed slightly apart than before. The rear profile has been completely redesigned by Jeep engineers. The tailgate-mounted spare wheel has been set lower and in the 2018 model, you also get a reverse parking camera. The LED tail-lights have grown in size and the registration plate mounting area has been moved from the tailgate to the rear bumper. The Sahara variant pictured here gets 18-inch wheels while the Rubicon variant gets 17-inch wheels.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler boasts off impeccable quality of materials used inside the cabin. There is a 3.5-inch or an optional 7-inch TFT instrument display which shows a plethora of information. The steering wheel gets controls for audio and telephony. The infotainment system’s screen size ranges from 5 to 7 or even 8.4-inch depending on the variant chosen. The Wrangler Sport gets a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment as standard. The 8.4-inch touchscreen is the largest and most advanced display ever offered on a Wrangler and also gets Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation connectivity. There are two USB ports up front and two for the rear occupants. Other highlights of the cabin are a lockable glove box and under-floor storage area behind the rear seat.
The vehicle comes with both soft top and hard top versions and 4WD is offered as standard. The car gets differential locks that can be activated by an electronic switch on the centre console. The front and rear skid plates get built-in tow hooks while the front and rear bumpers come winch ready. Powering the 2018 Wrangler is a choice of 1 diesel and 2 petrol engines. The 2.0-litre, turbocharged, inline four-cylinder petrol motor produces 270 HP of power and 400 Nm of torque while the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine produces 285 HP of power and 352 Nm of torque. The 3.0-litre EcoDiesel motor produces 260 HP of power and 600 Nm of torque and comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. While the 2.0-litre petrol motor is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the 3.6-litre petrol mill is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard but an 8-speed automatic is also available as optional.
2018 Jeep Wrangler
– 2018 Jeep Wrangler underpins a new and lighter platform
– The SUV is manufactured in Toledo, Ohio
– Available in 2-door and 4-door models
– Packed with 75 advanced safety and security features