Jeep recently released teaser images of the highly awaited new generation Jeep Wrangler. This comes after the automaker showcased aftermarket parts of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler even before its scheduled public debut at the L.A. Motor Show later this month. The new model is named JL and will replace the current Wrangler named JK. The Jeep Wrangler is very popular in the market and the current JK model’s sales are actually increasing. According to Jeep, sales of the current model are higher this year despite the fact that sales of the 2018 model start later this year. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be available in 2-door, 4-door and pickup body styles. The automaker has only released three teaser images, careful not to leak much detail before its public exhibition at the L.A. Motor Show.
2018 Jeep Wrangler JL design
The design of the new Wrangler JL is easily recognizable. The Wrangler has in fact managed to retain its unique profile that dates back to World War I. This is one of the factors that attract buyers. The front end retains the 7-slot grille and round-shaped headlights; the rear, on the other hand, retains the usual square-shaped taillights. Like the outgoing model, the top, as well as the doors, can be removed to give you all the headroom as well as the free air you need as you navigate the rough countryside or desert terrain; in addition, the windshield can also be folded down, features you can only get on the Wrangler.
The 4-door Sahara version of the model has a new bumper which features a chrome surround around the model’s fog lights, new LED headlights, and fender-mounted DRLs and turn signals. The front fender comes with a heat extractor. The 2-door Rubicon version has a revised steel bumper, vented engine hood and a stronger beltline under the windows. The model also comes with new roll bars and firm A-pillar supports. The Wrangler JL also comes with a roll cage which is available even when the windshield is lowered and doors and roof removed. The Rubicon rides on BFGoodrich tires but this time round IT is fitted with All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires while the street-focused Sahara features street-oriented all-season tires sourced from Bridgestone.
The Sahara version comes with extra safety features and technologies such as blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, push-button ignition and rear cross-traffic alert. The model will feature an Uconnect7.0-inch infotainment screen with an option for an 8.4-inch unit.
Buyers will have numerous of rooftop, windshield and door combinations to customize the Jeep to suit every occasion. As said earlier, the automaker has already displayed the model’s accessories at the SEMA show even before its actual debut.
Engine and performance
Jeep did not say anything about the new Wrangler’s engine lineup. However, the model will likely retain the same mills as the current Wrangler JK. The JK features a turbocharged 2.0L, Hurricane inline-4, a 3.6 L, Pentastar and a 3.0 L, EcoDiesel mill. The engines come with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. The engines will likely be upgraded for more power output as well as for enhanced fuel economy. More details will be availed when the model is unveiled at the upcoming L.A. Motor Show.
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Price and release date
The automaker will likely communicate pricing details of the new 2018 Wrangler JL at the L.A. Motor Show. The Wrangler is scheduled to hit dealerships in mid-December. Jeep has however said that production of the outgoing Wrangler JK will continue for some few months of 2018. The automaker says that this strategy is aimed at ensuring that its dealerships meet demand before the JL production gain speed.