The Jeep Wrangler is a compact and mid-size 4WDoff-road and sport utility vehicle (SUV), manufactured by Jeep, and is currently in its third generation. The Wrangler is not a direct descendant of the World War II Willys MB or civilian Jeeps (Jeep CJ), as it is often thought. It is a vehicle that is based on a new set of design parameters, which means that it uses a separate body and frame, rigid live axles-front and rear, a fold-flat windshield. But its suspension, drivetrain, and interior were borrowed from the new Cherokee (XJ) model. Now we bring you information about 2018 Jeep Wrangler that is thought to be a “more modern mountain goat” with current 3.6 L DOHC V6 engine that is still without competition in its segment, although a new Land Rover Defender might invade its space but at twice the price of Wrangler. But that’s just an intro, keep reading it gets better.
2018 Jeep Wrangler engine and specs
Powerplant of the 2018 Wrangler is probably the most important part of it. As for now it will probably keep the existing updated 3.6L DOHC V6 Pentastar engine from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which was used in ongoing model. It will, according to speculations, give a little better output, closely to 300 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque. This has been enough for its predecessor to successfully crawl where no vehicle has crawled before and we believe that updated engine for 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be even better. There are also some predictions that there is a possibility of turbo-diesel alternative in the near term for the US market and customers. It is expected that it will be in a form of 3.0L Eco Diesel offering 240 HP and a gut wrenching 420 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for rock crawling, off roading and pulling whatever tickles your imagination. Both engines will be put to good use by the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. 4WD will be standard across the board, as well as a traditional manually operated transfer case. The two-speed unit will have positions for 2WD, 4WD high-range, 4WD low-range, and neutral. As far as it sounds a whole lot of fun just waiting to happen, and hopefully we won’t be waiting for too long.
2018 Wrangler changes in exterior
The Exterior of the 2018 Wrangler will stay true to its roots, meaning that rugged body-on-frame construction to serve the off-roading aspirations of its faithful and multiplying worshipers won’t change. With that in mind the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected to use modern materials so it can cut weight and boost mileage. We can expect a hydro-formed steel ladder frame carrying a body made of high-strength steel, aluminum, and plastic. A four-door pickup will join the line-up of two and four-door models with hard and soft-tops. Most of the iconic Jeep features will in its base stay the same, maybe slightly updated, and others such as modifications in front of the windshield leading down to the side skirts suggest extensions to the wheelbase and hood.
The extended wheelbase in particular should make the vehicle easier to handle in addition to being more spacious. The rear bumper will utilize the standard center step and license plate holder, while offering room for a trailer hitch receiver and tow hooks down low. Jeep is also considering of including the Dana 44 as standard equipment for the rear axle, while making the Dana 30 standard in the front. Suspension wise, the Jeep will likely utilize an updated version of the multi-link coil suspension from the JK, giving it plenty of flex off road, while becoming better mannered on-road.
Inside of the vehicle is still a little bit unknown. We expect that the Jeep will keep its drain plugs in the floorboards and removable carpet, but the seats and dashboard should offer a little bit more comfort and style with updated and refined interior. The in-dash infotainment system will have the latest version of Chrysler’s 8.4 Uconnect system, offering plenty of control for audio, navigation, and vehicle settings. We have also stumbled to some speculations that Jeep might partner up with Garmin or Magellan and will provide Uconnect system paired with off-road GPS navigation. We also expect that they will bring TFT screen inside of the gauge cluster into this era, because the old one looks hideous and outdated, with which they could provide more info regarding the overall status of the vehicle.
Release date and price of 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Production is expected to start sometime in 2017, possibly in the second half of it, in Toledo, Ohio and is expected that the new off-roader should arrive as a 2018 model. Price is expected to start at $28.000 for the base trims and the pickup is expected to start at around $30.000 and up, depending on the equipment of our choice.
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