New model maintains throwback styling, drops 2.8-litre engine for 2.0-litre unit

The first official images of the new Jeep Wrangler's interior have been released ahead of the SUV's official launch at the Los Angeles motor show next month.

The official images confirm that Jeep has kept the throwback styling of the Wrangler, with subtle tweaks to the headlights, grille and indicator cluster, but maintains the upright dashboard and relatively button-heavy approach taken with the previous car, despite the addition of a larger touchscreen. 

At SEMA, Mopar also displayed its full range of accessories and performance parts – more than 200 in total – that will be available from launch for the new Wrangler. According to Mopar boss Pietro Gorlier, more than 98% of Wranglers sold feature some form of customisation options, with the most popular options sidesteps and a noise-reducing headliner. While Mopar is focused on the US market, Gorlier noted that all of the performance parts would be available for Wrangler customers worldwide as long as they meet local regulations.

The first exterior images of the Wrangler were shown during a presentation by Mopar, the FCA Group’s parts arm, at the SEMA show in Las VegasJeep did not reveal any further details about the Wrangler but a user manual leaked online earlier this month has revealed some details about the machine’s powertrain options. 

Under the bonnet, there’s either a 2.0-litre four-cylinder or 3.6-litre V6 engine; the 2.8-litre powerplant has been dropped, at least from the US-specification car. The 2.0 engine has a 907kg (2000lb) towing capacity, while the 3.6 can pull up to 1587kg. It also has a system designed to stop trailer-snaking. 

Inside, the 2018 Wrangler is also similar to the current-generation car, although there’s now a choice between 7.0in and 8.4in infotainment displays. Both systems have climate controls integrated, and the larger unit comes with sat-nav.

The screens can also display a host of off-road-focused information, including axle status, steering angle and the car’s altitude, longitude and latitude and pitch and roll angles. More advanced safety technology will also feature, but Jeep hasn't yet specified exactly what.

As well as adjustable electronic stability control, the new Wrangler will have automatic emergency braking and Rain Brake Support, which assists braking when wet weather is detected. Adaptive steering weighting is also available and to cater for different driving conditions. More hardcore off-roading Wrangler Rubicon models are more likely to get the advanced off-roading technology, however. 

As with the current-generation Wrangler, the 2018 car will be available in both three and five-door variants. For the new generation, the windscreen can be folded down.

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Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler is the classic all-American heavy-duty off-roader. It is brilliant off road, but compromised on the tarmac

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16 October 2017

Is the long awaited pickup coming out at last??? the 2:8 litre engine was a diesel is the new engine diesel as well?

16 October 2017
ianp55 wrote:

Is the long awaited pickup coming out at last??? the 2:8 litre engine was a diesel is the new engine diesel as well?

According to noise in the US it is. The 2.8 I am sure was euro only, and will of course be replaced for the euro Wrangler. The 2.0 is petrol, as is the V6. Expect a small less crap diesel than the VM in the previous, probably the 2.2 from the Stelvio. Looks good, and amazingly enough capable of passing crash and emissions testing and staying true to its style and purpose unlike JLR and their terrible management and relaunch of the last 90/110 / Defender. Why in 200 years they could not rebody the existing chassis with a cheaper to make body and decent interior is beyond me. Still, well done Jeep, looks a winner!

16 October 2017
Cheltenhamshire wrote:
ianp55 wrote:

Is the long awaited pickup coming out at last??? the 2:8 litre engine was a diesel is the new engine diesel as well?

According to noise in the US it is. The 2.8 I am sure was euro only, and will of course be replaced for the euro Wrangler. The 2.0 is petrol, as is the V6. Expect a small less crap diesel than the VM in the previous, probably the 2.2 from the Stelvio. Looks good, and amazingly enough capable of passing crash and emissions testing and staying true to its style and purpose unlike JLR and their terrible management and relaunch of the last 90/110 / Defender. Why in 200 years they could not rebody the existing chassis with a cheaper to make body and decent interior is beyond me. Still, well done Jeep, looks a winner!

Hmmm but this can't touch a Toyota Land Cruiser for all round ability plus acceptable modern day all round refinement. 

I suspect that is Land Rovers target not this. Also if the market for the Defender was there in its outgoing form they would have sold more of then

16 October 2017
TStag wrote:

Hmmm but this can't touch a Toyota Land Cruiser for all round ability plus acceptable modern day all round refinement. 

I suspect that is Land Rovers target not this. Also if the market for the Defender was there in its outgoing form they would have sold more of then

What is your basis for this argument?

The land crusier is a very capable vehicle but ultimately, makes sacrifices for improved on road behaviour.

In terms of actual off road ability though, the Wranger aces the Landcrusier on virtually every metric.

Whilst theres alot more to consider, the basic starting point off road figures speak volumes:

Land Cruiser: 9.1 inches of ground clearance, 32 degree approach angle, 24 degree departure angle

 

Wrangler: 10 Inch Ground Clearance, 42.2 degree approach angle, a 32.3 degree departure angle

 

With some experience of these things, I think the Wrangler is probably the most credible off roader you can buy if you want a solid dedicated off roader.

It will sit with a Defender without braking a sweat, yet is actually a much more pleasurable vehicle to drive than a defender in terms of refinement, ease of driving, and in car tech and comfort.

As long as you are willing enough to open your mind enough to actually drive one of these.

289

1 November 2017

I agree that a Wrangler will 'ace'  a Land Cruiser in extreme rock climbing and off road challenges......thing is, this is only of interest to the extreme sports brigade and ot the average driver who may actually want an SUV with real world off road ability (often involving towing as well), large internal space, & NOT built by JLR - rather than a bunch of rock sliders who fixate on ramp-over angles etc. It is unlikely that a potential Land Cruiser buyer would consider a Wrangler to travel up and down the country with.

I really like this update of the Wrangler by the way, and for those of a diseasal persuision truly hope they can find a different diesel engine supplier rather than VM with their god awful product.....of course I would always choose a petrol V6 Rubicon, being a diseasel hater.

A Wrangler isnt a good long distance partner, but from a UK perspective, for local lane scurrying in the countryside, occaisional beach forays etc a truly great tool.  It is also quite old fashioned in its narrowness compared to modern vehicles (even with the wheel arch extensions), and therefore makes it much more useful in the countryside where road widths havent changed much in the last 100 years!.....West country country lanes spring to mind here.

289

1 November 2017

....just noticed on Jeeps website, that the existing swb Rubicon Wrangler is £40,505 list price!

Good though the car maybe, the build quality is usual Stateside shit and no way is it worth this much, its ridiculous....and this is before the new model, shown here, arrives!

How much is this in the states?....£25k starting price for a Rubicon V6.....thats more like it.

Once again, an American manufacturer taking the p*ss.

1 November 2017
289 wrote:

 It is unlikely that a potential Land Cruiser buyer would consider a Wrangler to travel up and down the country with.

 

Potentially not, But I imagine Jeep would say if you want to travel up and down the country whilst still retaining off road capability then the Grand Cherokee is the model that fills that market segment.

 

The wrangler I would argue isn't a landcruiser competitor but more in a segment of its own, previously joined by the Defender, and to some extent the Mercedes G-Class for those that have seriously deep wallets.

16 October 2017
What a brilliant looking vehicle. I'll eat my hat if it's off road ability is anything less than superlative.

1 November 2017

According to US forums the Wrangler will become available in the US with the same engine as fitted to the Ram Ecodiesel and Ram Promaster van, the V6 3.0 litre VM based engine. The Ford 150 truck will be available fitted with a diesel based upon the V6 3.0 litre Lion engine as currently used by JLR in the USA. There are conversion kits for the current Wrangler using a Cummins Diesel engine in the USA.

1 November 2017

looks hardly any different from the previous version - from what has been said it is supposed to be a huge step forward - deffintely not in the looks dept it isnt

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