2018 Jeep Wrangler: Redesign, Aluminum Elements, Engines

Jeep has recently revealed 2017 Jeep Wrangler. This iconic,
military-inspired, all-terrain SUV comes with no mayor
upgrades. It brings optional LED headlights and foglights while
it also offers new Cold Weather package. However, much more
attention occupies the 2018 model year and expected all-new
2018 Jeep Wrangler.

What should be new?

Well, more than decade passed since this model’s last redesign
and according to strong indications the production of
new-generation Wrangler should start sometime in  2017 in
Toledo plant, Ohio. What’s more alongside with the new Wrangler
model the brand should build long-rumored Wrangler-based truck.

However, based on what we know so far, the Jeep will focus to
deliver more comfortable and fuel efficient Wrangler as well as
improved safety aspect. Of course the company will try to
achieve mentioned but ensuring in the same time its proven and
may be improved off-road capabilities.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler: New-generation Design

When it comes to the design of the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler so
far available information doesn’t provide clear picture.
However, some sources claim that in terms of exterior design
the model won’t be large departure from the current design
philosophy. In some regard it isn’t strange because the company
wants to continue its heritage and save its unique identity.

So, we will likely see familiar probably slightly tweaked seven
slot grille, exterior exposed door hinges, chunky fenders,
circular headlights, fold-down windshield and so on.

Lighter is better!

On the other hand, under the skin the Jeep will work to improve
fuel economy and at least to keep its proven capability. In
that context, aluminum will get its role in some components. It
will likely be used for hang-on elements like doors, inner
section of the hood and may be for windshield. Other
construction parts should stick with conventional steel.

What we should also expect, the Wrangler will likely continue
with ladder frame chassis and solid axles. We believe that Jeep
would try to take off some pounds from this area as well but
will also try to improve strength and durability. It would be
interesting to see how much pounds this model will shed with
mentioned improvements.

Interior features:

About interior we said that Jeep will try to ensure better
comfort and next-lever tech features. However, at this moment
we don’t know how it will execute that.

It is natural to expect higher level materials and finishes and
more soft-touch surfaces. We of course should not expect Jeep
to spoil us with high level luxury yet at some extent it will
keep the rugged identity of this model inside as well.

However, we should get UConnect infotainment system and its
benefits like larger center screen, smartphone compatibility,
navigation, strong sound system and more. Also next-lever of
safety features should include some advanced aids which will
improve model’s safety ratings.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Performance

On the performance front, as we said, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler
should benefit from the reduced weight and improved
underpinning. But, the model should introduce new engine
options as well.

Some sources claim that new-generation Wrangler will get new
turbocharged inline-4 engine and new 8-speed automatic
transmission. We don’t know what power and torque figures this
engine will be capable for but it definitely promises better
fuel economy.

On the other hand, a 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 should stay
standard engine and we bet six-speed manual transmission as
well. We also hope for improved power output of this engine at
around 300 hp.

However, the most fuel efficient engine version should be a new
turbodiesel V-6. A candidate is a 3.0 liter EcoDiesel engine
from the Ram 1500. In the Ram’s truck this engine produces 240
hp and torque of 420 lb-ft.

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Arrival, Price

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler should debut late this year or in early
2017. The sale will start later in the year. About the price,
we expect to start from around $25, 000.