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A Look At The New Jeep JL Wrangler


The brand new 2018 ‘JL’ generation Jeep Wrangler is here. The company has revamped the most iconic and recognizable 4×4 it has ever produced. The current ‘JK’ generation four-door Jeep Wrangler had remained largely unchanged for 11 years. Jeep debuted the new model at the LA Auto Show this year.

To please Wrangler fans, the 2018 Jeep version retains the rugged, somewhat boxy look of the previous generation Wrangler. However, the new two-door Wrangler is 2.8 inches longer while the four-door model is longer than its predecessor by 3.8 inches. The new Wrangler also has an aluminum body that’s 200 pounds lighter.

The new Wrangler has larger headlights, with LED beams as an option. The fender flares are smaller and have LED daytime running light integrated into them. There’s also a new CJ-inspired grille, as well as new bumpers on the front and rear. The Rubicon models now have 33-inch tires, fenders painted in the body-color, plus a hood with a vented power dome. The 2018 Wrangler has a manual soft-top roof with a new spring mechanism, allowing one person to raise or fold it. The Wrangler also has a power-folding soft-top option. A Freedom Top hardtop with lighter removable panels is also available. No matter what version you want, you can check out any Jeep Wrangler at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

The changes to the new Jeep Wrangler are more noticeable in the interior. The new upscale cabin has push-button ignition, a 7-inch driver display located between analog gauges, 7-inch UConnect infotainment system with the option to upgrade to an 8.4-inch display featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and other technological advances. Plus, the four-door models have more rear legroom, more comfortable seating positions and larger windows for improved visibility.

Three new engine options and two updated transmissions power the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Chrysler’s Pentastar V6, 285 horsepower engine which delivers 260 pound-feet of torque is the base motor. It can be mated with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Drivers can choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged, e-assisted, 270 horsepower four-cylinder engine which provide 295 pound-feet of torque and a 260 horsepower, 3.0-liter turbodiesel which kicks 442 pound-feet of torque. Those engines are exclusively mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A plug-in hybrid Wrangler will be available in 2020.

The new Wrangler Sport, Sport S as well as the Sahara models have the four-wheel drive Command-Trac NV241 transfer case which has a 2.72:1 low range and a Dana 30 front axle and a Dana 35 rear axle as standard equipment. A Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential is also available. The Wrangler Sahara models can now have the Selec-Trac transfer case which has permanent 4WD. Rubicons get serious off-road hardware. It includes front and rear Dana 44 axles with 4.10 gearing, along with a Rock-Trac transfer case which has 4:1 low-range gearing, as well as Tru-Lok electronic locking differentials. The vehicle also has front sway bars with an electronic disconnect.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler appears to have improved on the JK significantly, but still offers the great look and superior capability Jeep lovers expect.

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