2018 Jeep Wrangler Redesign

2018 Jeep Wrangler Redesign

Last Updated September 29, 2017 | Chris Cervenka
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Here at CJ’s, we aren’t just about the Ford Mustang. Other vehicles such as the Jeep Wrangler are of interest too! With a heritage that dates back to World War II, Jeep’s roots run deep and what better way to introduce the Jeep to CJ’s than to talk about what Fiat Chrysler has up their sleeves for the all new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, otherwise known as the next-generation JL Wrangler!

Winning the Hottest 4x4-SUV award at The SEMA Show 2016, the Jeep Wrangler is widely loved by enthusiasts both young and old. Due for release in late 2017, the all-new JL Wrangler is rumored to have a variety of exterior appearance changes along with the potential for a turbocharged four cylinder engine option that could push north of 300 horsepower!

New JL Wrangler Roof In Action

Freddy’s Insight on the JL Wrangler (9/8/2017)

FCA Dealer System Leaks 2018 Wrangler Features! (8/6/2017)

Well, the time has come! We’re finally seeing the all-new JL Wrangler without camouflage covering up every square inch of Jeep’s latest creation! A big thanks to our friends over at JLWranglerForums.com for sourcing this photo of the new 2018 Wrangler showing the off-road vehicle rolling off the assembly line.

Unfortunately, this picture isn’t the best, but it’s considerably better than what’s trickled down the pipeline up until now. Aside from the obvious small design changes on the body, we are able to see that the new JL Wrangler will still retain the ability to remove its doors like previous models.

We expect to see the new JL Wrangler make its official debut at the L.A. Auto Show in December this year.

JL Wrangler

FCA Dealer System Leaks 2018 Wrangler Features! (8/8/2017)

Thanks to our friends over at JLWranglerForums.com, we were able to get a few screenshots of the available options, packages and more when it comes to the all-new JL Wrangler!

Thanks to these screenshots, we are now able to confirm that there is a turbo-diesel option available on top of the base 2.0L Four Cylinder Turbo engine. And for those V6 fans out there, don’t worry -- the Pentastar 3.6L V6 isn’t going anywhere and will be available as an option for your 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

The biggest thing that popped out at us would be the new Selec-Trac full-time 4WD System. We’ve seen this in the past with previous Jeep models, but we’re sure that this is a new version for Jeep’s new Wrangler. So, we’ll have to wait for a full explanation on how this 4WD System will help you tackle the unpaved trail.

On top of that, we’re able to see a few new colors and packages that are moved around in comparison to the outgoing JK models. We’re excited to see some of these finally on the road soon enough!

JL Wrangler FCA Dealer Screenshot

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Blind Spot Monitoring System and Tail Lights Spotted! (7/18/2017)

As every month goes by, we are getting closer and closer to the ultimate unveiling of the new 2018 JL Wrangler! Thanks to our friends over at JL Wrangler Forums, we were able to get a further glimpse of what to expect on the new JL that everyone is sitting on the edge of their seat for.

By checking out these photos, we can see that there is now a blind spot indicator on the side mirror. This will definitely help drivers help see other vehicles that could potentially be in your blind spot. Additionally, there is a close-up photo of the JL Wrangler’s new taillight which looks rather cool! We’re excited to see the running lights at night as well - definitely a great addition for the Wrangler!

2018 Jeep Wrangler Blind Spot

2018 Jeep Wrangler Tail Lights

2018 Jeep Wrangler Brake Lights

2018 Jeep Wrangler Running Lights

2018 JL Wrangler Two-Door Spotted In Less Camouflage (6/23/2017)

Up until these spy shots, many of us Jeep enthusiasts have only been able to see the four-door variant of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Thanks to FourWheeler.com, we’re able to capture a glimpse of what the new JL Wrangler Two-Door will look like.

Getting a better look at the new 2-Door JL Wrangler is due in part to the noticeably less camouflage used along with some high-quality spy shots that can surely make your mind wander. Unfortunately, the front fascia is still well-covered, which certainly leaves a lot to the imagination. However, you can notice other things, like the raised hood and steeper windshield profile.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Two-Door Front

2018 Jeep Wrangler Two-Door Side

2018 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door Side

2018 Jeep Wrangler 2-Door Passenger Side

2018 JL Wrangler Diesel Spotted In Full Camo (5/9/2017)

Thanks to tflcar.com, we were able to catch a glimpse of what the JL Wrangler Diesel prototype looks like in full camoflauge. Although, you can’t see much through all of Jeep’s added camo, you can see new style wheels, headlights and a couple other styling cues that make this 2018 Wrangler stand out from the rest. A very special Jacob S. sent in these photos to tflcar.com, stating that he said he saw “a bit of dark smoke” come out of the exhaust under hard acceleration - noting it could be the new EcoDiesel Wrangler!.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Diesel Rear

2018 Jeep Wrangler Diesel Front

2018 Jeep Wrangler Price & MySky Roof (4/25/2017)

In recent news, according to JLWranglerForums, we’ll be seeing the MySky roof hanging over your head as you drive down the road in the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. This kind of option will be offered with a 3-piece hardtop which can be interchangeable between hard and soft top options. They’re even saying that a glass insert option will be available so be able to enjoy what’s outside without having it potentially intrude your interior.

As for pricing, we’re still rather in the dark. It would make sense that the all-new JL Wrangler will likely be higher in MSRP than the outgoing JK Wrangler. That’s just how it goes when a manufacturer launches a new body style. However, nothing confirms this. Our guess is that the new 2018 Wrangler will see a small bump in price over the 2017 model year.

MySky Roof Panels

2018 Jeep Wrangler Off Road

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Drawings (3/30/2017)

Thanks to FS90 on JLWranglerForums.com for some seriously cool shots of these all-new 2018 JL Wrangler renderings. According to one of the Admins on JLWranglerForums, they have verified with sources that these are actual photos of the new JL Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Being one of the top-of-the-line trim levels for the Jeep, you can see some of the new premium features.

2018 JL Wrangler Unlimited Features:

  • Removeable Roof & Doors
  • Additional Turn Signals Located on Side Mirrors
  • Larger, More Aggressive Front Bumper Design
  • Front Fenders Contain New LED Strips
  • Fog Lights Moved To Edges Of Front Bumper
  • Hood Is Slightly Longer And Appears Less Angular Than JK
  • New Pull Door Handles Without Button
  • Lack Of Push Button Style Door Handle Hints At Keyless Entry
  • Full Length Drip Rails That Span Entire Length Of JL
  • Taillights Now Are A Wrap-Around Design
  • Slightly Larger Trunk/Cargo Area

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2018 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

2018 Jeep Wrangler Spotted! (3/14/2017)

Similar to the leaked rolling footage of the 2018 Mustang nearly 24 hours before it was officially released, Jeep may have screwed up just as bad in letting this news slip through the cracks.

Apparently after breaking down on a test drive, this heavily camouflaged 2018 Jeep Wrangler prototype was caught by Chris Doane Automotive being loaded on a rollback after suffering mechanical failure. You can tell that the new Wrangler is close to actually being debuted since these prototypes are out actually roaming public roads.

Supposedly, the new 2018 Wrangler is set to be publicly debuted later this year, but in lieu of these events, it wouldn’t surprise us if it is sooner since these spy photos tend to push things along. It’s going to be interesting to see what comes of these unplanned photos.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Spotted

New 2018 Jeep Spotted

2018 Jeep Wrangler Engine & Transmission

"boost power to over 300 horsepower"

First off, you purists out there need not worry -- JLWranglerForums.com reports that the manual transmission that we know and love for the Jeep Wrangler is going nowhere! There were initial rumors that no manual transmission would be offered, but it has been confirmed that this is not the case.

On top of that, Jeep seems to be moving in a similar direction as Ford when it comes to offering an engine option that offers both power and efficiency. Just like the EcoBoost options on many Ford vehicles, it seems Jeep is planning a turbocharged four-cylinder option for the Wrangler. This will not only increase the satisfactory 19 MPG average out of the Pentastar 3.6L V6, but also potentially boost power to over 300 horsepower. Now, most Jeep owners won’t be used to a turbocharged engine, but there’s no question they’ll get used to it quick just as Mustang fans did with the new 2.3L EcoBoost option offered in 2015.

Jeep Wrangler Hottest 4x4-SUV
Hottest 4x4-SUV At SEMA 2016

As for the transmission, we know the manual isn’t going anywhere, but the automatic seems to be getting an update as well. According to Car & Driver, the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is said to feature a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. What does this mean? Well, first off, better gas mileage. In the most basic terms, with more gears means the longer time the vehicle can stay at a lower RPM which means less fuel consumption. Another plus to this is that with more gears, there are more options to be in the sweet spot for the most torque over a regular 6-speed automatic transmission. This means that an 8-speed automatic will be better for both power and MPGs; see a pattern here? Jeep seems to really be putting an emphasis on designing a Wrangler for those that want to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to both performance and efficiency.

An all-new transmission for the JL Wrangler and turbocharged engine are definitely two aspects of the 2018 model year to be excited for, but what about a diesel engine? That’s right. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is potentially also going to be offered with a 3.0L EcoDiesel engine. With a lightened chassis and natural low-RPM of a diesel engine, there is potential for over 30 MPG out of this combination for the Wrangler. Something that has never been seen out of the Wrangler -- very exciting to see for 2018!

2018 Jeep Wrangler Changes

2018 Jeep Wrangler Front

Jeep also seems to be jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to aluminum on their vehicles. Offering a lighter version of the Wrangler will not only increase efficiency, but will also help with crawling those off-road trails when it comes to the power-to-weight ratio. Lighter is almost always better!

On top of that Jeep is rumored to have been strengthening some parts of the drivetrain as well, including the rear axle. Jeep’s focus for the all-new Wrangler, especially when it comes to the drivetrain and chassis, seems to be removing weight while preserving the strength and rigidity we know and love from this off-road beast.

In terms of interior, there obviously isn’t much we can gather other than photos that FCA releases or from spy shots. With such little information, it’s hard to infer what kind of the changes the 2018 Jeep Wrangler interior will see. But, as with any body style change, there will likely be subtle to moderate interior changes for the JL Wrangler. Even so, CJ's offers a variety of Jeep Lighting options to upgrade the interior and exterior LED lighting on your new Wrangler.

Another aspect that Jeep is rumored to have changed with the Wrangler is the top options. As we’re all familiar with, the Wrangler always had a few options depending on your style: topless, canvas, hardtop and colored top. Now, for the JL Wrangler, you’ll have removable panels that offer the beautiful sights and fresh air of going topless with the option to quickly go back to a completely covered top!

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup

You read that correctly! Jeep is looking to reveal the JT Wrangler, a Jeep Wrangler Pickup in the near future. This option will allow owners to have the best of both worlds when it comes to both passenger capacity and utility.

Not to mention that this JT Wrangler will allow Jeep to enter another class - the compact pickup truck. With other competitors like the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and even the Ford F-150, this new addition to the Wrangler lineup will prove to be a fitting segment for Jeep to grow into. With this in mind, the Jeep JT Pickup will surely have a healthy aftermarket following between the immense popularity of the regular Wrangler and the following behind other trucks in this segment.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Updates

Just as we do with the Ford Mustang and the 2018 Refresh, CJ’s will be sure to keep you up-to-date when it comes to the latest rumors and releases on the all-new JL & JT Jeep Wranglers for the 2018 model year! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the CJ’s Resource Center and social channels for further updates on the new Wrangler and the latest Wrangler parts!

Image Credits: JLWranglerForums.com, TheSEMAShow.com, Chris Doane Automotive, Car Buzz, TFLCar.com

2018 Jeep Wrangler Redesign

Learn about all the ins and outs of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. From rumors to spy photos and more, the new JL Wrangler is the topic of conversation among many off-road enthusiasts across the world. Featuring many aesthetic and potential engine changes, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler leaves nothing to be desired!

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