One of the iconic American vehicles is no doubt the Jeep Wrangler. This off-roader will make its way in the beginning of 2017 as 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. It was first introduced in 1986 and to this day there were three generations YJ, TJ, and JK. The popularity of Wrangler is best described with its sales going only up. From 1999 till 2010 average sale of this famous car was 82.646 units per year. But the average number of purchases from 2011 to 2015 was around double that, 159.532 sold Wranglers in U.S. market alone. There aren’t any carmakers that can praise with fact to have increased sale from year to year for roughly 20.000 units. Since last model JK is roaming the streets from 2007 and there were just to refreshments (interior in 2012 and updated powertrain in 2013) we can expect a redesign of next generation model.
2018 Jeep Wrangler – Redesign
Although there were rumors in 2015 that they will implement aluminum in the chassis to reduce weight, Sergio Marchionne CEO of FCA US LLC said, “I think we can do almost as well without doing it all-aluminum.” In other words, they will use a tough hydroformed steel frame to decrease weight and increase rigidity. Besides improved hard chassis what else will 2018 Jeep Wrangler bring? For starters, the seven-slot grille will be slightly curved towards the hood for around 10° to 15° to improve aerodynamics while increasing pedestrian safety as well.
Front windshield will also have that setting while folding it down will no longer be available. Famous round shaped headlights will probably remain the same on 2018 Jeep Wrangler as they won’t go too far away from its iconic design. Highly positioned and wider fenders will give you that serious off-road look. Spare tire will remain in the middle of redesigned rear lights for an obviously same reason as the previous one. On the other hand, the rear bumper will be again made from plastic.
2018 Jeep Wrangler – Interior
There isn’t much information about the interior of the cabin, but there are a number of possibilities. But one of the things that will certainly be different is shift knob. For 2018 Jeep Wrangler rotary shift knob will be included for the ZF eight-speed automatic. On the other hand, we would really like to see FCA’s 8.4-inch updated 5.0 Uconnect infotainment system. With Bluetooth, navigation system, satellite radio and some other added feature it will certainly make driving more pleasurable. Since this is an off-road vehicle interior of 2018 Jeep Wrangler will almost be designed in a way that you could wash it on the inside with a garden hose. Under carpet that will easily be removable there are metal floor pans. On those, there are rubber grommets that you can remove and instantly have drainage holes. Leather upholstery for this model will be optional.
2018 Jeep Wrangler – New Transmission
Since powertrain was updated in 2013, they will probably continue to use existing lineup to power 2018 Jeep Wrangler. First one is a 2.8-liter engine with 177 horsepower. The other one is 3.6-liter Pentastar engine that produces 302 horsepower. Those two aren’t any news, but with anticipated ZF eight-speed automatic it will certainly increase numbers in his favor. And that’s in term of fuel consumption that was always the problem with this off-roader.
2018 Jeep Wrangler – Conclusion
While the exact price is still something we can’t be sure of, there aren’t any fundamental reasons that it will go up the scale. But since Jeep is proud of popularity and sales of his Wrangler base price will probably be slightly higher. To add this vehicle to your garage you will probably have to spend more than $24.000. That is the base price of the current JK. Let’s just hope that new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will continue the success of its predecessors no matter what the cost.