2018 Jeep Wrangler Reveal
The fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler has been unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, as Jeep showcase their refined and advanced model.
The Jeep Wrangler has a long-standing model history spanning 30 years, however over that period of time there has been very few refreshes made to the iconic vehicle. Head of Design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Ralph Gears was quoted saying that ‘redoing the Wrangler, it’s like Halley’s Comet. It only comes around once in a while.”
Whilst the design is very much rooted in the models traditional roots, new changes have been made around the vehicle resulting in a much more refined vehicle. Aluminium and lightweight materials have been used for many body panels including the hood, doors and windshield fame all resulting in a Wrangler that sheds 200 pounds when compared to the previous model.
High-grade steel does remain throughout the vehicle, especially in vital places where damage is most likely to be caused, i.e the rear fenders. The track bars are obviously also made from steel, providing the off-road grip drivers have come to expect from the Wrangler.
There are also several tweaks made to the 2018 model year variant to make it a more modern looking vehicle. As per our preview, a lot of changes have been made to the front edge with a more sleek bonnet shape, revised grille and round LED headlights, whilst daytime running lights and turn signals are moved to the fenders. In terms of practicality, driver visibility has also been improved thanks to a 1.5 inch taller windshield.
Jeep have made great strides with the interior quality, with a much more premium cabin featuring the latest technology. Material quality has been improved with a choice between leather upholstery or cloth. In terms of technology the Wrangler receives a huge upgrade in the latest Uconnect System featured in recent Jeep vehicles, a system that also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
The car also features some of the more advanced safety features including a rear view camera, rear cross path detection, blind spot motoring, electronic stability control and more. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is an incredibly safe vehicle with over 75 of these latest safety and security features.
A wide selection of models are available in the US including Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon models. The Rubicon specification sits at the top of the line-up with four-wheel drive, heavy duty axis, an electronic sway bar and locking differentials.
In terms of engines there are three options. A new entry-level 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol producing 266bhp, another new engine sits in the middle ground 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 256bhp, whilst the 3.6-litre V6 producing 281bhp offering retains the top-spec powertrain.
As for the UK, we can expect for an arrival of the new Jeep Wrangler later on in the 2018 year. If you are looking to lease a Jeep Wrangler or any other model in their line up, take a look at our lease offers. For full coverage of the Los Angeles Auto Show and to see more reveals, take a look at our complete guide.