There will be no more spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL until the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show debut.Why? Well, the carmaker decided to release first official photos before the introduction, but they haven’t backed up the shots with anything specific, so officially, we still don’t know what the all-new model is bringing.
Our first impression…well, we are not surprised at all, because the iconic nameplate still looks recognizable, so to say. The front end and hood appear to be smoother, but the grille sports the usual shape. As for the headlights, they are still rounded, yet with new LED elements. This is the complete redesign, of course. However, it’s also the most striking evidence that the amazing off-roader can’t jump out from its usual, distinctive exterior design. Some of us may live long to see flying cars, but even then, we expect from the flying Wrangler to look exactly like Wrangler.
Of course, the 2018 Wrangler will be offered in every possible combination you can think of. Jeep will offer both two- and four-door models, as well as a dozen of roofs and windshields. Do we need to mention hard- and soft-top options? No, because this goes with Wrangler always.
Real changes happened inside. The carmaker wasn’t too moody to show the cab this day, still, we know what’s cooking. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will finally host proper technologies, including the newest version of Uconnect infotainment system. The SUV will also feature better and soft-touch materials but don’t expect from the new Wrangler to be, well too modern, simply because it’s the Wrangler.
Jeep is still hiding engine and transmission options, but we know pretty much everything about the matter already. Well, okay, the output figures are still in the fog. However, unofficially, the new generation Wrangler will use an updated version of the iconic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which is reportedly featuring new turbocharger, and thus more power and better fuel economy. The optional mill is Jeep’s all-new 2.0-liter turbo four. The unit is rumored to produce more than 300 horsepower, but we will see what the actual truth is in the coming days. In any case, the engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Still, that’s not going to be the only option, so the manual fans have nothing to worry about because the redesigned off-roader is also featuring a six-speed manual. Let’s don’t forget on diesel and hybrid model, though, they won’t appear right away. What’s going to happen right away are two different transfer cases. Yes, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will offer a four-position unit with and low ranges and a five-position unit, which hosts both 4H Auto and 4H P-T.
The all-new Wrangler will make the debut on November 29. The production has started already, so the potential buyers can expect to see the amazing SUV in dealerships right after the official introduction.