After releasing several exterior and interior photos of the all-new 4x4 a few weeks ago, Jeep has fully revealed the new-generation Wrangler at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Lighter, more rigid and equipped with new technologies, the 2018 Wrangler aims to continue walking the fine line between on- and off-road.
Like all previous Wranglers, the 2018 model is available in either Limited (3-door) or Unlimited (5-door) body styles. Its design remains relatively the same as with the previous generations but now adopts a more modern front and rear fascia. Starting with the former, new LED headlights are now available while the signature front grill now has a 'keystone' design. There's even a new front bumper that gives the Wrangler a sleeker finish than before.
The latter, on the other hand, gets a new of taillights, a redesigned tailgate and reshaped rear bumper. Also curious to see is the re-positioned rear wiper and the factory-installed reverse camera that is cleverly installed within the mounting hole of the spare tire.
Also apparent on the 2018 Wrangler is its more rakish windshield. This was done to improve the 4x4's aerodynamic properties. Beyond that, it is now also easier to fold down the windshield as Jeep made its design simpler. Compared to the older model which needed to remove 28 bolts, the newer models only needs four bolts to be removed.
As mentioned earlier, the new Wrangler is now 90 kg lighter thanks to extensive use of aluminum and high-strength steel. Its hood, doors, tailgate and windshield frame are now made from lightweight aluminum. Meanwhile, the newly-designed frame now comes with high-strength steel which is durable and lighter than standard steel.
Over to its interior, Jeep claimed that the new Wrangler remains true to its simple layout but has been refined for the modern era. New-style gauges and multi-info display, along with an updated Uconnect infotainment system brings the Wrangler to the modern age. In addition, the center console is capable of holding up to five smartphones and comes with a built-in USB port.
The familiar centrally-mounted window switches have been kept while the transmission and 4x4 system levers have been redesigned. Other new additions made available in the 2018 Wrangler include engine start/stop button, new automatic climate control system and revised dashboard.
Under the hood, two engine choices are available for the 2018 Wrangler. First up is the carried-over 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which produces 290 PS and 353 Nm of torque. It can then be mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Lastly, there's the 2.0-liter turbo gasoline inline-four which puts out 264 PS and nearly 400 Nm of torque. It is only available with the new eight-speed automatic as it uses a mild hybrid system. It comes with a belt starter-generator and even a 48-volt battery which can power most of the car's electrical systems.
A new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel will also be introduced at a later time though no other details have been disclosed about it. It will be made available not only in foreign markets, but in the US as well.
Rounding up the available equipment list on the 2018 Wrangler include: upgraded Dana axles, 33-inch off-road tires, electric locks for the front and rear differentials, electronically-disengaging anti-roll bars, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision alert with automatic braking.
Like the previous JK Wrangler, the 4x4 will be available in Sport, Sahara and range-topping Rubicon variants.