The Wrangler is the iconic American SUV which has been around for more than half a century in one form or another. The ongoing model has been around for the 2007 model year and it managed to become the best-selling SUV on the market. With the image it created for itself the Wrangler is one of the most loved cars out there. Because of that, it might be hard to follow up with a successor. However, it seems that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler might be better than people expect. For starters, the new model is going to be based on an improved chassis.
This new chassis has been likely developed from the older one but it should now be made out of high-strength steel as well as aluminum in key areas. This should have improved the rigidity considerably and it should also be down in weight when compared to the older one. Thankfully, the live front and rear axles, as well as the coil suspension system, is still there. This has been confirmed a while ago with some pictures of an early development mule. So far Jeep hasn’t confirmed much about the new model. It seems though that most of the development is done and the development mules are starting to look ready for the market.
What we know so far?
Well, the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is going to look similar to the ongoing generation. The boxy look will definitely be there but Jeep has made some improvements. For starters, the front end is now more aerodynamic than before and it features Jeep’s new grille. The actual design for the headlights, bumper or rear end is still unknown at this point. Not that long ago though a test mule has been seen with the rear hatch open. This seems to feature an angled C-pillar design which is quite interesting for sure, mainly because the camouflage completely covered this part. On top of that, it seems that a sport-bar will not make it to the new version but instead this will be integrated into the roof and C-pillars of the car.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior
Unfortunately so far most of the test mules used the same dashboard and seats as the ongoing model. However, it has been confirmed via insider information that the new Wrangler will feature Jeep’s new 8.4-inch infotainment system. It should also get a power soft top which is all new as well as a true 3-piece hardtop which hasn’t been available so far.
Jeep Wrangler 2018 Specs
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected to feature three different engines which are quite an improvement over the older model. It still is unclear what engine will be the base one. However, we tend to believe that the upgraded 3.6 liters naturally aspirated Pentastar V6 will still be the base one. This should provide over 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and it should be mated to Jeep’s 8 speed automatic. An all new 2 liter turbocharged inline 4, nicknamed the Hurricane, should also be available. While not official just yet, this engine has been seen under the hood of the Wrangler. It seems that it might be capable of over 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque and it should be marketed as the fuel efficient model.
This will be mated to the same 8 speed automatic as the V6. It still is unclear if a manual will be offered but it seems that it just might, even though not official for now. The rumored 2.8 liters in-line 4 diesel won’t be offered. Instead, it seems that the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be offered with the 3 liters turbocharged V6 from the Ram. This engine is known to make over 240 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque so it should be a very interesting choice. Like the others, it will be mated to an eight-speed heavier-duty automatic.