2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
The next-generation 2018 Jeep® Wrangler JL showed up at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and off-road enthusiasts lost their minds. Icon of the Jeep brand, the Jeep Wrangler has always been shown off as an off-road warrior, and now, whether going straight for the trim for off-road capability or not, the Jeep Wrangler JL has some of the best-in-class off-roading features as a standard. This year, the Wrangler has been advanced into something better than ever before.
Available 4×4 System
Avail. Engine Type
Available Infotainment System
For the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, the lineup for the two-door model has been reduced to three trims – Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon. The four-door model (Wrangler Unlimited) has one extra trim, the Wrangler Sahara.
The standard engine for the lineup is the Pentastar V6 engine, returning for the 2018 model year with some changes. Able to generate 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft, the Pentastar V6 can now conserve fuel economy when idle via its Engine Stop-Start (ESS) system. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual transmission, and with this, the fuel economy of the Wrangler JL when powered by the V6 is 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. An available class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission can also be paired to the engine, increasing the city fuel economy by 1 mpg.
Available on select trims is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine. Rated a best-in-class 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, and paired to the eight-speed transmission, this engine also has a special system designed for it. Known as the eTorque system, this engine will act much like a hybrid system, offering functions such as auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking. The fuel delivery system is set to direct gasoline injection for more efficient combustion and increased performance.
Available in 2019 will be a third engine option for the four-door model, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine. Rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, that’s the most torque delivered in the lineup. An Engine Stop-Start (ESS) system is also integrated into this engine, and it is also paired to the new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has been designed to be off-road capable no matter the trim. Standard specs for every trim include a ground clearance of 10.9 inches, the ability to traverse a body of water 30 inches high, and has a standard crawl ratio of 2.72:1. If looking for towing power, a package can be purchased for a total towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
If really looking to go off-road, then the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is perfect. Alongside the above specs, the following equipment is available for going off-road – Command-Trac 4×4 system with 2.72:1 crawl ratio standard on Sport and Sahara models, Rock-Trac 4×4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials standard on Rubicon models, skid plates, and front and rear tow hooks. Front and rear steel heavy-duty off-road winch-ready bumpers with removable end caps are available. 17-inch off-road wheels are also available, with Rubicon models getting 33-inch tires as the standard.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL was brought forward to the modern era of technology, but the authentic Jeep Wrangler design and heritage style was kept in tact. Bold and rugged with a wide stance, the top of the keystone-shaped grille has been swept back for improved aerodynamics, and the overall weight of the Jeep has been reduced by 200 pounds by making the doors, hood, and windshield frame out of a lightweight, heavy-strength aluminum and steel blend. All 2018 Wrangler models will feature body-colored sport bars with grab handles welded to the body of the vehicle. LED headlamps, LED forward turn signals on the front of the trapezoidal wheel flares, and LED taillamps are available on Sahara and Rubicon models. A raised profile can also be achieved on Sahara and Rubicon models with a black lower insert into the fender flares.
Three tops are available on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL – a powered soft top, a convertible soft top, and the basic hardtop. The powered soft top is known as the Sky One-Touch powertop, able to be retracted the full-length of the roof with the push of a button, and will be available in mid-to-late 2018. The convertible top is the all-new premium Sunrider, providing another easy open-air option for partial and fully open positions via integrated tracks for easier removal and retrieval. The basic hardtop offers a unique appearance and comes in three pieces; now, with improved latches, the hardtop can be removed quicker than before. Thank the Jeep Gods for that one!
Inside the cabin of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is a combination of authentic style, comfort, and high-quality materials. The dashboard has been changed up with a new center stack, and functional features such as climate and volume control knobs, media charging and connectivity ports, and Engine Stop Start (ESS) are all designed for quick recognition and can be found within reach of front-seat passengers. A hand-wrapped surface with soft-touch materials can be found in Wrangler Sahara models. A push-button start ignition start makes its debut in the 2018 model year for the Jeep Wrangler.
Cloth trimming is the standard upholstery for the cabin, but leather-contoured seats are available, along with comfort features such as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. For convenience, passive entry with Keyless Go has been added, and drivers now have various ways to keep an eye on vehicle diagnostics and health. A 7-inch LED display allows drivers to configure information in more than 100 ways, and controls for audio, voice, and speed have been mounted onto the steering wheel for ease-of-use.
Standard on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler sport is Uconnect 5.0 on a 5.0-inch touchscreen. Select trims will have the next-generation Uconnect 4, designed with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capability on a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Some trims may have this as an upgradeable option, and their standard infotainment system will be Uconnect 8.4 with navigation. A premium sound system with a subwoofer will be available on select trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL claims to have over 75 available advanced safety features. Alongside standard features such as multistage advanced airbags, traction and stability controls systems, several active and passive safety systems have been mentioned. These include Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.