2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
In case you didn’t read our piece on the reveal of 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL at the Los Angeles Auto Show, don’t worry. Now that we have all the information from FCA, we have all the facts for what’s to come with the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. The pricing is still up in the air, but with only three trims to choose from, it can’t be that bad. Besides, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been improved upon sevenfold, making any trim an off-road warrior to contend with.
The next generation Jeep Wrangler JL has finally been revealed and the new models are headed to Miami Lakes Jeep. That means we’ll have both, the 2018 model year includes Jeep Wrangler JK models and Jeep Wrangler JL models, but there are a lot of differences between them. So here’s a detailed look at the new Jeep Wrangler JL and Wrangler Unlimited JL.
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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL lineup (Wrangler is the two-door model) consists of three trims - the Wrangler Sport, Wrangler Sport S, and Wrangler Rubicon. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JL (Wrangler Unlimited is the four-door model), is available in four trims, the Wrangler Unlimited Sport, Wrangler Unlimited Sport S, Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, and the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.
All Wrangler trims come standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which is able to generate 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. Tweaked a bit for the next generation Wrangler JL, the 3.6L V6 engine features an Engine Stop-Start (ESS) system that turns off the engine to conserve fuel when the engine is idling. The 3.6L engine can be paired to the standard six-speed manual transmission or the new class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission. The fuel economy of the Wrangler JL equipped with the 3.6-liter engine differs depending on which transmission is selected, but not by much. With manual transmission, the Wrangler JL with a 3.6L engine averages 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
If looking for a more powerful Wrangler JL, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine is an optional engine. Made with gasoline direct injection, the engine’s combustion cycle is faster, more efficient, and that leads to better performance. With a best-in-class horsepower of 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, the only thing better than its pairing with the eight-speed transmission is its integrated eTorque system. Yes, that “e” stands for electric. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is testing the waters with hybrid systems with the eTorque, able to perform the following hybrid functions - auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking.
Jeepers that want the new Wrangler JL with the most available torque will want to look for the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, capable of generating 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine, however, won’t make an appearance until 2019. Save up if a higher towing capacity is on the menu.
As noted, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has been redesigned to give every, every trim a chance to shine when going off-road. The standard specs for every trim are as follows: a ground clearance of 10.9 inches; the ability to traverse water 30 inches-deep; and a standard crawl ratio of 2.72:1. Rubicon trims have a crawl ratio of 84.2:1 and 77.2:1 (Wrangler Unlimited). If not looking to wait until 2019, a package can be purchased to offer a total towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
For going off-road, there’s a 4x4 system integrated into the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler Sport and Wrangler Unlimited Sahara trims come with a Command-Trac 4x4 system, and both Rubicon models come with a Rock-Trac 4x4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials, along with skid plates, and front and rear tow hooks. Front and rear steel heavy-duty off-road winch-ready bumpers with removable end caps are available. 17-inch off-road wheels are also available for the lineup. 33-inch tires are standard on Rubicon models.
The exterior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is pretty similar to its past configuration. It’s a bit bolder, has a wider stance, and the top of the keystone-shaped grille has been swept back for improved aerodynamics, but the real surprise is the drop in 200 pounds. That’s thanks to the guys behind Jeep design choosing a blend of steel and lightweight, heavy-strength aluminum to manufacture the doors, hood, and windshield frame, versus solid steel. On the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara trim and Rubicon models, consumers can find LED headlamps, LED forward turn signals on the front of the trapezoidal wheel flares, and LED taillamps. If looking for a raised profile, the Sahara trim and Rubicon models can also get black lower inserts in the fender flares. All 2018 Wrangler models will feature body-colored sport bars with grab handles welded to the body of the vehicle.
The Wrangler JL is available with three top options. The newest roof/top is a powered soft top, known as the Sky One-Touch powertop, able to be retracted the full-length of the roof with the push of a button (available mid-to-late 2018). A new convertible top has also been added, known as the all-new premium Sunrider, providing another easy open-air option for partial and fully open positions via integrated tracks for easier removal and retrieval. The classic hardtop is still there and it can be split into three parts, support roof racks, and has a new design for easier removal.
Jeep enthusiasts may be a bit surprised at first when entering the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The interior has been changed up a bit, and not just in looks. The cabin has a retro, yet, modern appeal, and many controls have been put in closer proximity to the driver for a more intuitive experience. The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara also includes a hand-wrapped surface with soft-touch materials. All 2018 models have been upgraded to a push-button start for the ignition.
As always, the standard upholstery for most trims is cloth, but leather-contoured seats are available on select trims. Comfort and convenient features consumers may look for are heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and passive entry with Keyless Go. The 7-inch LED display has been modified for vehicle diagnostics, offering over 100 configurations for what information to keep an eye on. Controls for audio, voice, and speed have been mounted onto the steering wheel for ease-of-use.
The basic Uconnect 5.0 on a 5.0-inch touchscreen is standard for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Sport trim (base trim). Select trims will have another standard infotainment system, Uconnect 8.4 with navigation. These trims may be able to upgrade to the standard infotainment system for high-tier trims, the next-generation Uconnect 4, designed with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capability on a 7.0-inch touchscreen. A premium sound system with a subwoofer will also be available on select trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
Over 70 safety features have been recorded thus far for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Consumers will find the standard multistage advanced airbags, traction and stability controls systems, and other active and passive safety systems. For 2018, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines have been added.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has a starting MSRP of $26,995 (plus destination fee). All Jeep vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.