Update, 12/13/17: We've finally driven the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and you can read everything we have to say about this icon. Jeep also announced pricing for the 2018 Wrangler. The two-door Wrangler Sport starts at $26,995 and a four-door Wrangler Rubicon starts at $40,495.
At this point, we know pretty much all there is to know about the 2018 Wrangler, so for more specs, details and photos, check out our dispatch from its debut at the LA Auto Show.
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.
It Looks Like This Inside
On November 8th, Jeep released pictures of the 2018 Wrangler's interior. With the latest version of Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, it looks like a huge improvement over the previous-generation Wrangler. The car pictured also shows off its six-speed manual transmission with pride.
It'll Probably Cost Around $2500 More Than Last Year's Model
Just a day after Jeep pulled a surprise move and released three pictures of the 2018 JL Wrangler, pricing . A user saw that the 2018 Wrangler Unlimited started at $30,445—$2550 more than the 2017 JK Unlimited. Pricing for other model variants hasn't been announced—intentionally or not—just yet.
Dealer Ordering Is Open
First uncovered by the JLWranglerForums, and confirmed to us by a knowledgeable insider, dealer ordering for the 2018 Wrangler has begun. That means that dealers can let Jeep know how many 2018 Wranglers they'd like to receive for the first shipment. You can head to a dealer and register your interest, which will hopefully get you an early-production example, but you can't custom order one yet. That'll come later.
It Begins Production Later This Year
Our friends at Roadshow discovered that confirms the 2018 Wrangler will begin production later this year. It also confirms that we'll finally see the truck next month. Hell yes.
It Can Tow Around 3500 Pounds
According to , the 2018 Wrangler will be able to tow 3500 lbs regardless of which engine is equipped. The Wrangler will also have between 1075 and 1310 lbs of payload capacity, depending on specification. Jalopnik also figured out that the lightest Wrangler, a 2.0-liter Sport will weigh around 3800 lbs while the heaviest, a 3.0-liter diesel Rubicon weighs around 4400 lbs.
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 Looks Like the Last-Gen Wrangler
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.
You Can Have It With Two or Four Doors, and With a Hard or Soft Top
Photos of the 2018 Wrangler released by Jeep 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
Jeep's first official photos 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.
Interestingly, those same spy photos show hinges at the bottom of the windshield. Jeep's official photos show the Wrangler's windshield folded down too.
It'll Have a Hugely Improved Interior
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.
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
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.
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.
Apparent order guides published on JLWranglerForums.com indicate that the 2018 Wrangler will launch initially with just the 3.6-liter V6. You'll be able to option this engine with a manual or an automatic from launch.
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. A document recently obtained by Jalopnik seems to confirm this diesel will come to the US market for 2018.
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
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
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.
Here’s footage of some Euro-spec 2018 Wranglers spied earlier in September