Last May the first spyshots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler surfaced. This car has been anticipated for years. In 2014 the rumour mill started with Jeep’s statement that they aspired to increase the new Wrangler’s fuel efficiency. Now bear in mind that the Jeep Wrangler is an iconic vehicle, known for its off-road capabilities. Better fuel efficiency usually means less off-road quality, because these things do not go well with each other. As a result, this statement created a feeling of skepticism among the public. Now we are a couple of years further on and more information drips in occasionally. We have a few spyshots, taken at different moments, which show us some parts that got work done or are getting work done. Read the full preview to find out what that is.
So, the Wrangler is a real iconic piece of driveable metal. That means revamping the vehicle can be tricky. A complete redesign is virtually impossible, since the car has built up a loyal fanbase who would not be pleased. However, it’s also expected of a new vehicle to be up to date with automotive technology. Can Jeep compromise between these two ostensibly opposing ideas?
What we know of the Wrangler is that it is a best selling model. Taking into account the strong fanbase it has, Jeep would be mad to make any big changes to the exterior. Things we expect differently is the outer metal. Aluminium has been gaining ground for a few years now and we expect much of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s body metal to be aluminium. This will make the car much lighter, so maybe a heavier engine will be able to be put in. Also, aluminium doesn’t rust, which is a great asset for a car that is known for its off-road (and through water) capacities.
A lovely design feature that will be put on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler are the gastank taillights from the Jeep Renegade 2016. These taillights look like the original gastank that army vehicles used to have attached to the rear.
Big change is the ditching of the foldable windshield. It will be replaced by a fixed one. Also, the soft-top roof will either be replaced or joined by a solid roof.
Something else that Jeep has been toying with is the coming of a Wrangler based pick-up truck. Now we know that Jeep has retracted from producing pick-ups years ago, but the call for good off-road capable trucks has been getting louder and louder. In the sign of the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari Jeep built the Crew Chief 715 Concept, which we consider to be a big hint towards their intention to bring a Wrangler pick-up on the market. This also complies with Jeep aspiration to hit two million sales in the upcoming years.
Frankly, the same can be expected for the interior design as for the outer design. Sources have even claimed there will be absolutely no changes at all from the current Wrangler interior design. The recently taken spyshots confirm this claim, but we find it hard to believe nothing will be altered.
So we expect no revolutionary changes for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Handy features like the lockable center console, easily cleanable flooring material and power outlets will all be available.
We expect Jeep to offer the Alpine Premium Sound System with nine speakers and all weather subwoofer.
Now on to the good part, the engine. What has excited many people is that Jeep already confirmed the coming of a diesel engine. For the US we expect it to be the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel from the Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. This engine currently makes 240 horse power and will be paired with an eight-speed automatic. Europe will probably get the same or a regular diesel engine with a manual transmission.
The regular gasoline engine will be available with an eight speed automatic transmission in both the US and Europe, while Europe will also get a manual for this engine.
Standard on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is all wheel drive, obviously.
Another piece of exciting news is the appearing of the Wrangler as a hybrid. However, we are not sure yet of the time of release, it may not be as soon as 2018 unfortunately. Currently there are not discloseable specifications yet, we will have to wait for those for a while.
We expect basically the same tech options for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler as the current Wrangler has. We expect Jeep to renew the lease with SiriusXM and offer multiple satellite radio subscriptions. Also, UConnect voice command with Bluetooth is optional on higher trims and Hill Start Assist is standard on all Wranglers.
We are not sure about other tech features the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will sport. It has been a couple of years since the arrival of things like Lane Departure Warning, but we don’t expect them on the Wrangler here. The price is going to be quite friendly and we suspect it has been based on the absence of these features rather than on their presence.
Price, reveal and sale date
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be presented to the public at the end of 2016, probably at the Detroit Auto Show.
The car will go on sale in the second half of 2017 and will have a starting price tag of around $25,000, which is about the same price that it has now.