2018 Jeep Wrangler Sheds Weight, Adds Tech And 2.0L Turbo

It’s finally here. After years of waiting, months of spy shots and weeks of rampant speculation, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has finally premiered at the LA Auto Show.

Underpinning the all-new Wrangler is a ladder-frame chassis complete with upgraded suspension and complemented by aluminum body panels. This allows the off-roader to be 200 lbs lighter than its predecessor yet still more rigid.

In terms of engines, the range starts with FCA’s familiar Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 delivering 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Mated to eight a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, the four-door Wrangler Unlimited is officially rated at 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with the manual. Opt for the automatic and those figures are 18 mpg and 23 mpg respectively.

The second engine available is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder, producing 268 hp and 295 lb-ft, not the 368 hp as wrongly claimed in official FCA documents. Interestingly, this powertrain is a mild-hybrid and consists of a 48-volt battery and belt starter-generator. In the future, a 3.0-liter diesel will be added to the range.

Customers will have two- and four-wheel drive configurations at their disposal and like the outgoing model, a number of different variants will be sold.

In terms of body styles, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is available as a hardtop, a convertible top consisting of a number of removable roof panels, and as a powered soft top. Alongside these roof options, the 2018 Wrangler is offered as both a two-door and four-door, the former of which includes Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon trim levels. Meanwhile, the 2018 Wrangler four-door is available in Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon models.

Like the current car, the Rubicon model aims to offer the most off-road prowess. Consequently, it features 33-inch off-road tires, electronically disconnecting anti-roll bars, beefed up fenders, Dana 44 axles, and a host of suspension modifications.

Beyond wanting to improve the vehicle’s off-road prowess, Jeep has spent a considerable amount of time overhauling the interior. To do so, all variants feature FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system with screens in 5, 7, and 8.4-inch sizes. All include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a WiFi hotstop, two USB ports, and two 12V accessory ports.

Sales of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will start in January but no U.S. pricing details have been released just yet.

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  • MarketAndChurch

    I never thought I’d be lusting after the two door model, but it looks incredible doorless with that tarp overhead in pic 103/153

    • donald seymour

      AND you know what I’m on the same boat. I quite fancy the two door model myself.

    • europeon

      With half-doors would look even better

      • KareKakk

        Not to worry; aftermarket suppliers are taking measures already.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Unless you really need the back seat, the two-door is the way to go.

  • Bash

    Although the 200 lbs doesn’t sound like much as in total weight reduction, but i never complaint about that.. the most noticeable thing here is the updated dash and all the gauge cluster, i like the interior updates and the two screens graphics.
    I love what FCA have done to this model.

    • RDS Alphard

      It’s not bad consider it’s still ladder frame structure.

  • Mark S

    WOW! Jeep heritage is strong here! FCA’s stock just went up! I am sure there will be some great deals on 2017/2018 Wranglers starting tomorrow too.

  • So its got a true off road 4wd, removable roof, eco friendly 2.0 litre turbo, manual transmission, 4 removable doors, 5 seats, AND the front window flips down? What else would you need??

  • Mark S

    Awesome! I think I will be waiting for the Truck version, seems more friendly for Mountain Bikes and the like.

  • Evo45

    I wonder how can the driver remove doors even though it has side airbags (I think). Otherwise it looks good.

    • Miknik

      I guess they are in the seat backs, like in the majority of cars. i can also assume the fixed and rather wide front roll cage hoses the window bags…

  • TheHake

    YESSSSSSSSS. I’ll have a 2dr Rubicon with a 2.0L Turbo please!!!

  • jsz00

    Redneck G-wagen

    • Six Thousand Times

      Aka the original.

  • ediotsavant

    No doubt it will be a great off road vehicle, but how capable is it going to a mall? Is the ride smooth and comfortable? Is it quiet? With Jeeps popularity, I see more people buying this to use as a daily car, more like the anti cuv.

    • wait a minute

      Well the current model is doing okay for the ride to the mall, i don’t imagine the ride quality would be worse in this new model if they’re tweaked the suspension and improved rigidity. But you don’t buy a jeep for refinement and comfort, especially if you want to have a conversation on your handsfree traveling over 100 kph.

      • ediotsavant

        Previous generation was ancient. I’m sure they improved the ride. Jeep is highly profitable. I wouldn’t be surprised that Marchionne ordered it to be more civilized to capture more buyers.

    • Poop Doop

      Gtfo with that! unless I’m missing the sarcasm. If not, you are what is wrong with vehicle consumerism. That’s what the patriot, cherokee, and renegade are for. The grand cherokee is the one that can still do both. The wrangler is for the enthusiasts and the posers can deal with rougher, louder ride (i.e. fun)

      • ediotsavant

        I’m serious about it. This looks like it was meant to be driven on the road. The interior is well laid out, easy to see and use. The exterior is more refined. I can see people pulling up at hotels and handing the keys to the valet.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Not very but that’s kind of the point.

  • ZYGIUS

    Needs JEEP badge in front, and it will be perfect

    • Six Thousand Times

      The grille is the badge.

  • Poop Doop

    We know how much is to be expected for the engine thats been out since 2011 But how much mpg does the turbo 4 get?! C’mon!

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    When i see it,i know that i am looking at the best product of FCA.

  • Jay

    I want one. Just drive around with the doors and roof off.

  • JISIPO

    The 2 door model has me drooling! I totally love it! Some day I “will” have it! jejejejeej

  • Tinky-Winky

    It looks too nice to scrape it in the wild.

    • Six Thousand Times

      That’s why you always buy used.

  • Craig

    I’m in love! I really am. I’ve owned 2 Jeep ‘TJ’s so far. And I hope to someday own one of these. It’s just an incredible vehicle. One red two-door please.

  • SgtBeavis
  • SteersUright

    Hope it finally rides well. Everything else great or good enough.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Gorgeous!

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