2018 Jeep Wrangler: Everything We Know

A new version of everyone's favorite off-roader is upon us. Here's what we know about it.

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The current, JK-generation Jeep Wrangler has been on sale for over 10 years, and an all-new Wrangler is on its way for 2018. The new Wrangler, the JL, is easily one of the most anticipated trucks of the year, and thankfully we won't have to wait long to see it. But before it makes its official debut, here's everything we know about the 2018 Wrangler.

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Pictured above: Rendering of a 2018 Wrangler created by fan-forum .

It'll Debut at the LA Auto Show

The first 2018 Wranglers are expected to roll off the line at Jeep's Toledo, Ohio assembly plant in mid-November, with a public reveal scheduled not long after. It's understood that the Wrangler will debut at the LA Auto Show, which means we'll finally get to see it in the metal sometime in the last week of November.

Automotive News reports that given this launch timeline, the 2018 Wrangler should arrive in dealers early next year.

It'll Probably Look Like This

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The Wrangler is an icon, so Jeep is understandably keeping its looks very similar to the previous-generation model. The front grille is slightly more bulbous than before—likely to meet pedestrian crash safety standards—and the turn signals have moved to the front of the fenders. Otherwise, it'll be instantly recognizable as a Wrangler.

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You Can Have It With Two or Four Doors, and With a Hard or Soft Top

Spy photos we published recently show off both two- and four-door Wranglers in both soft- and hard-top configurations. Ever since the introduction of the four-door Wrangler with the JK model, this variety of configurations has contributed greatly to the 4x4's popularity.

Yes, You'll Be Able to Take the Doors Off

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Computer renderings of the 2018 Wrangler leaked earlier this year confirm that the off-roader will still offer its trademark removable doors. We've also seen pictures of camouflaged prototypes with exposed door hinges, a traditional Wrangler design element that seems to confirm the new model's doors will pop off as easily as ever.

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Interestingly, those same spy photos show hinges at the bottom of the windshield. It's unclear whether that means you'll be able to fold down the new Wrangler's windshield—as is the case with previous models—or if the hinges are just for decoration. The new Wrangler's windshield is much flatter than its predecessor's, so we're hoping that means it will fold down.

It'll Have a Hugely Improved Interior

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The JK Wrangler's interior is pretty utilitarian even in high-spec trucks, but spy photos indicate that the JL's will be a lot nicer. It looks like the Wrangler will get Fiat Chrysler's latest UConnect infotainment system, a welcome upgrade. Dual-zone climate control and a heated steering wheel appear to be options too.

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The Wrangler will also retain its dashboard-mounted window switches, further evidence that the removable doors might remain. That dashboard is rather shallow and upright, just like older Wranglers, and it appears portions will be color-matched to the exterior paint. We're not sure whether that'll be a high-end option or a standard feature.

A Pickup Version Is Coming, But Not Until Late 2019

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Yes, after years of teasing concepts, Jeep is finally building a Wrangler pickup, rumored to be called the Scrambler. You'll have to wait a little bit longer for the Wrangler pickup, however, as Jeep boss Mike Manley said earlier this year that production won't start until late 2019. Manley wants to be sure that production is going smoothly for the regular Wrangler before Jeep's Toledo, Ohio factory starts building a second body style.

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It'll Be a Lot Lighter Than the Previous Wrangler

The JL Wrangler will retain its classic body-on-frame construction, but it will reportedly use a lot more aluminum in its body. Embracing aluminum would likely bring weight savings, and with that, a much-needed gain in fuel economy.

It Will Probably Get Multiple Engine Options

We expect you'll still be able to buy a Wrangler with Fiat Chrysler's venerable Pentastar V6, but FCA is also reportedly developing a four-cylinder for this truck. Dubbed "Hurricane," it's a 2.0-liter likely to make 300 hp thanks to a twin-scroll turbocharger. The Hurricane will also have an aluminum block, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing.

There's a rumor that this four-cylinder will produce 368 horsepower, but a source familiar with the 2018 Wrangler's development told us this isn't the case. That's way more horsepower than an off-roader like the Wrangler needs, and it probably wouldn't be very fuel efficient.

The Wrangler could possibly get diesel and hybrid powertrains, too. Jeep currently sells a diesel Wrangler outside the US, but a hybrid model would be a first. seem to indicate that the diesel option will be a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6.

And no, there won't be a Hellcat version. If you need a 707-hp Jeep, get the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

You Can Have It With a Manual

Wrangler spy shots
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A Jeep representative that around 10 to 20 percent of Wrangler buyers opt for a stick shift. That fact, combined with what you can see in our interior spy photos, seems to confirm that Jeep will offer a manual JL Wrangler.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne previously hinted that automatic-equipped Wranglers would get an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This would surely help the new Wrangler post some efficiency gains over the current five-speed auto.

It Sounds Like This Starting Up

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The good people at Allpar captured video of a camouflaged JL Wrangler starting up recently. Unfortunately, we can't tell what engine this based on the audio in this clip, but maybe you can. Shoot us an email if you can figure it out.

We're As Excited For It as You Are

Everyone's been waiting for this truck for a long time, and we can't wait to get behind the wheel. It sounds like it'll be a big improvement over the old JK.

This story was originally published September 27th 2017, and is being continually updated with new information.



Here’s footage of some Euro-spec 2018 Wranglers spied earlier in September

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