The 2018 Jeep Wrangler model year bridges the gap between two generations of the beloved crawler. An American icon since Willys began production of the original military jeeps in 1941, the Wrangler wears the coat. Remove the covers and doors and fold down the windshields of the Jeep Willys 1941 and two generations of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and the resemblance is undeniable.
Jeep has only released three exterior images of the 2018 Wrangler, but they are all revealing. The top shows a Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, while the two below show a two-door Rubicon, with the doors and roof removed, and the windshield lowered. The truck looks a lot like the previous Wranglers, with lots of subtle design touches added for a more modern feel. Wrangler fans will love what they see here, and they will certainly be happy that the doors and roof panels can be removed, and that the windshield can be lowered.
In fact, it seems that lowering the windshield on the Wrangler will be easier than before. Jeep has designed a new safety bar for the Wrangler that features A-pillar tubes, essentially creating a full cage. The bars running along the front doors had to be removed to lower the windshield, but for the JL, no disassembly is necessary. Interestingly, there is also no foam padding on the 2018 Wrangler Protection Cage, a first for this model.
We’ve seen spy photos of the next generation of Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, the next Wrangler truck, and a possible new engine for the next generation of SUVs. The current generation is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine producing 285 horsepower and paired with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The ubiquitous Pentastar V-6 in the new generation with a possible I-4 turbocharged 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, and even a hybrid powertrain in a few years. The six-speed manual is likely to come back and we hope to see the five-speed automatic dated replaced by the eight-speed automatic transmission of Jeep. Updated versions of the available Command-Trac and Rock-Trac transfer cases are likely to find their place in the Wrangler lineup.
The various models, trims and editions of Wrangler JK can be upgraded with many options and accessories to customize the ride. However, in all JK variants, four-door models cost about $ 4,000 more than two-door models ($ 3,800 to $ 4,100). An automatic transmission adds $ 1,400 to the base price. Thus, even without the comfort, convenience, and off-road performance options, the difference between a two-door JK with a four-door JK and an automatic gear lever is approximately $ 5,400.