2018 Jeep Wrangler Redesign

2018 Jeep Wrangler Redesign

Last Updated July 21, 2021 | Alison Smith

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

2018 JL Wrangler Prices (12/18/2017)

Jeep has announced the pricing for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL! As expected, the 2018 JL Wrangler will be more expensive than the 2018 JK Wrangler. Here is the breakdown of the JL Wrangler prices that have been released so far, excluding a $1,195 destination and delivery charge.

2018 JL Wrangler Prices
Model JL Wrangler (2-door) JL Wrangler Unlimited (4-door)
Sport $26,995 $30,495
Sport S $30,195 $33,695
Sahara Not available $37,345
Rubicon $36,995 $40,495

Depending on which 2018 JL Wrangler model you are considering, the additional price in relation to the 2018 JK Wrangler will range from $2,600 to $3,350. The two-door JL Wrangler Sport is $3,000 more expensive than the JK Sport. The JL Wrangler Sport Unlimited is an additional $2,600 compared to the JK Sport Unlimited. The two-door JL Wrangler Sport S costs $3,200 more than the JK Sport S. For the JL Sport S Unlimited, the price is an additional $2,600 higher than the four-door JK Sport S. While the two-door Sahara is not available for the new JL Wrangler, the four-door JL Sahara will be $3,100 more expensive than the JK Sahara Unlimited. Regarding the JL Wrangler Rubicon, the price will increase $3,350 for the two-door model and $3,050 for the four-door model in comparison to the JK Wrangler Rubicon.

For owners of the 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler, we put together a handy reference identifying different components under the hood and undercarriage. Hopefully, this will be helpful for any modifications you may be making on your new Jeep JL.

2018 Jeep JL Under Hood

2018 Jeep JL Undercarriage

2018 JL Wrangler Unveiled at LA Auto Show! (11/29/2017)

After several months of eagerly awaiting, the official unveiling of the all-new 2018 JL Wrangler is finally here! At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep finally revealed the highly anticipated all-new Jeep Wrangler. The fourth-generation Wrangler has already been making waves in the Jeep community for some time now, with fans buzzing about the additional engine options, updated interior, and the newly designed front-end. While teasers have given us a taste of what the JL Wrangler is like, we can finally get a full, in-depth look at the JK’s successor.

While the JK Wrangler only had one engine choice, four engine options will be available to choose from for the JL Wrangler! Along with the well-loved 3.6L Pentastar V6, there are three new engine options available for the JL Wrangler. For those who prefer the popular 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, it now features start-stop technology to improve fuel economy, launch performance, and driver comfort. A turbocharged 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine that can put out 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque is a first for the Wrangler. As a mild hybrid system, the 2.0L will save fuel consumption by optimizing shift management and fuel flow. As if that’s not impressive enough, Jeep is offering a 3.0L Ecodiesel V6 engine that is also equipped with engine start-stop technology, which is expected to come available in 2019. Not only offering great fuel economy at over 30 miles per gallon, the 3.0L is a powerful engine that puts out a hefty 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. Expected in 2020, a full plug-in electric JL Wrangler will be available. Along with the engine options, two new transmissions are available for the JL Wrangler, including a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed manual transmission offers quick acceleration, smooth and precise shift quality, and an improved crawl ratio. The new class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission is designed to optimize engine output and improve highway fuel economy, as well as reduce noise, vibration, and harshness.

2018 Wrangler JL Engine Options

  • 3.6L Pentastar 6-Cylinder
  • 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
  • 3.0L Ecodiesel 6-Cylinder (expected 2019)
  • Full Plug-in Electric (expected 2020)

Leading up to the release, Road & Track revealed some key information regarding the fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler. The popular Sahara and Rubicon models have received some updates for the new generation Wrangler. With two-inch higher fender flares, the capability to fit a Warn winch, and steel bumpers, the Rubicon is even more off-road ready straight from the factory with 33-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, it was mentioned that the Rubicon will have a five-link suspension system that improves ride comfort and a hydro-electric power steering system that gives a shorter turning radius for improved maneuverability. Like previous Sahara models, body-colored fender flares are standard but now come with undersides in a matte black finish. Despite the JL Wrangler appearing smaller than its predecessor, the JL Wrangler is actually slightly longer and wider than the JK. The JL Wrangler is also a hefty 200 pounds lighter than the previous generation thanks to a new, stronger steel frame and an aluminum body. When it comes to off-road capability, two full-time 4x4 torque management systems are available, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac. There’s no doubt that the JL Wrangler has a more aggressive appearance with increased performance to match.

According to Road & Track, the new soft top has side curtains rather than zippers, which use “plastic tongue-in-groove sliders” to fasten the top securely to the roof and body. Since the soft top is spring loaded, this makes removing the top simpler and hassle-free. Not only is this a massive improvement to the previous top options, but will definitely make things a bit easier in the event of inclement weather when you’re hitting the trail. An all-new sky powertop, available for certain four-door models, fully retracts the canvas roof with the push of a button, even at speeds up to 60 miles per hour! If you’re a fan of removing the doors on your Wrangler, then prepare to be excited. The doors on the JL Wrangler are lightweight due to the new aluminum construction and include a place to put your hand while lifting them, making the removal process much easier. Less time struggling with doors is more time exploring the great outdoors! If you’d rather opt for the half doors, a nifty little porthole will give you more visibility while venturing off-road. Doors, half doors, or no doors, the off-roading experience with the JL Wrangler is better than ever!

Coined by Jeep CEO Mike Manley at the Los Angeles Auto Show as “the most-capable SUV currently on the market” with 4 million miles of testing, the JL Wrangler has 75 active and passive safety features including blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and a rear-view backup camera. The rear of the vehicle also features a lightweight magnesium swing gate for easy cargo loading. Bigger windows offer better visibility, which comes in handy both on and off the road. For the interior, everything is designed for intuitive use. From the new steering wheel to the redesigned center console, the fourth-gen Wrangler has definitely received some much-needed tech updates. In modern society, connectivity is more important than ever, especially when off-roading. The JL Wrangler will be compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sporting fourth-generation UConnect technology that has a faster startup time, enhanced processing power, and a high-resolution touchscreen, available as a 7-inch or 8.4-inch screen. Created “by the people, for the people” as Manley states, the JL Wrangler incorporates the history of the Jeep brand with new and improved technology that makes the well-loved Wrangler better than ever.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL 2 Door 4 Door

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Headlights

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Water

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL 4 Door

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL No Doors No Top

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Capabilities

2018 JL Wrangler Colors (11/14/2017)

Additional colors have been added to the 2018 JL Wrangler lineup! Along with the classic favorites, five more colors were added to the list. Since these are considered late availability as of now, they cannot be ordered yet. JL Wrangler Forums has some great renderings of what these colors might look like based partly on Mopar’s JL Wrangler parts showcased at SEMA 2017.

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Firecracker Red Clear Coat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Nacho Clear Coat
  • Mojito! Clear Coat
  • Punk'n Metallic Clear Coat
  • Ocean Blue Metallic Clear Coat
  • Sting-Gray Clear Coat

2018 JL Wrangler Colors

JL Wrangler Interior & Exterior Photos (11/14/2017)

As we get closer and closer to the November 29th unveiling of the highly anticipated 2018 JL Wrangler, Jeep continues to tease us by releasing some interior photos of the new Wrangler. While Jeep has only released a few official images of the inside of the JL Wrangler Rubicon, we like what we see so far. With red accents to match the exterior, the inside of the Wrangler has a fresh, new look while still maintaining its ruggedness. The splash of color is a nice change from the previous black interior of past Wrangler models.

2018 JL Wrangler Rubicon Interior

Jeep JL Wrangler 2018 Interior

Even though we only got a sampling of the 2018 JL Wrangler interior from Jeep, JL Wrangler Forums has a few more sneak peeks of the sweet inner cabin. With vents in the rear of the vehicle, it looks like dual-zone climate control will be available for the JL Wrangler. The transfer case lever and six-speed shifter look sleeker than ever! The window controls remain front and center, along with the locker and sway bar buttons that were previously near the steering wheel. Along with four auxiliary buttons, there is a media panel cover that hopefully contains some much-needed USB ports hidden underneath.

2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Interior Controls

2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Inner Cabin

It looks like there may be different color options for the interior, as you can see from this Road and Track photo.

2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Tan Interior

So the interior looks pretty great, but are you ready for some more exterior shots? Check out this side shot of a JL Wrangler Rubicon with the top down.

2018 JL Wrangler Rubicon Side View

How about some photos of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Lineup? Trucks.com captured some spy shots of uncovered prototypes of the new Wrangler.

Jeep Wrangler Lineup

JL Wrangler Sahara Unlimited

2018 JL Wrangler Sahara Unlimited

JL Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

2018 JL Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

JL Wrangler Rubicon

2018 JL Wrangler Rubicon Two-Door

JL Wrangler Sport Unlimited

2018 JL Wrangler Sport Unlimited

2018 JL Wrangler Photos Revealed! (11/1/2017)

Halloween came with an extra sweet surprise from Jeep! On October 31st, Jeep released photos of the 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon and the JL Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. With a focus on “open-air freedom”, Jeep created a new fold-down windshield that makes it easy to experience the great outdoors. While it is possible to remove the windshield in a JK Wrangler, the process certainly isn’t an easy one. The new Jeep Wrangler will feature an updated roll bar that provides a safer ride by utilizing A-Pillar tubes, which allow the Wrangler to have a complete cage at all times, even with the windshield down.

2018 JL Wrangler Rubicon Side

2018 JL Wrangler Rubicon Top

The JL Wrangler also features a redesigned grille and headlights, with new LED daytime running lights and turn signals embedded in the fenders. A new vent can be found right behind each of the front fenders, giving the Jeep a more aggressive appearance. From what we can tell so far, the Jeep Wrangler has a fresh, new look that still pays tribute to the classic Jeep aesthetic we all know and love. More details will be released at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29, so make sure to check back then for the newest information on the 2018 JL Wrangler!

2018 JL Wrangler Sahara

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


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 camouflage. Although you can’t see much through all of Jeep’s added camo, you can see new style wheels, headlights and a couple of 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 to 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.

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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!