The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is now in the Fiat-Chrysler America dealer system, according to several reports, giving Jeep and off-road enthusiasts our first look at the engines, trims, colors, and option packages available in this all-new, highly anticipated Wrangler.
For the first time in decades, Jeep is offering a Wrangler diesel engine option in North America with the new 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel package, which might be the same turbo-diesel engine powering Ram 1500 pickup trucks. Also an option will be the 3.6L V6 VVT engine that is similar or identical to what has been under the hood of the Wrangler JK and Jeep Grand Cherokee for the past five years. Additionally, Jeep is making a 2.0L I4 DOHC direct-injection turbo engine with a belt starter generator an option—surely intended to combat the Wrangler’s historically subpar fuel economy.
Other highlights of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will be the new power soft top (existing soft top options remain available), and the introduction of an all-new 2.72:1 Selec-Trac full-time 4WD system which will only be available in the 4-door Unlimited Sahara at launch.
The 8-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission options remain.
But all of this information is preliminary. Power numbers from these engines, changes to the suspension, gear ratio upgrades, and any details regarding possible enhancements made to the interior or electronics systems remain unavailable.
News and Notes About 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
2.0L Four-Cylinder Turbo Engine — This is the first time we’re seeing turbo technology under the Wrangler hood.
3.0L V6 Diesel — Jeep enthusiasts have been asking for a diesel option for decades, and it looks like FCA is going to deliver.
Heavy-Duty Electrical Group — Includes a 117-amp alternator and 600-amp battery, which we haven’t seen since the Wrangler TJ, perhaps to complement aftermarket parts like winches and light bars.
No Sahara Trim for 2-Door — The Sahara trim package was essentially a “luxury” option that included painted fenders and power windows/locks, a fancier stereo, and other amenities. Since Jeep is dropping it in the 2-door, it appears as the 2-door Wrangler will slant more “utilitarian” for off-roaders.
Power Soft Top — To our knowledge, there’s never been a power top on any Wrangler/CJ.
Trail Rail Management System — Jeep has never really offered a major exterior cargo management system for the Wrangler before now.
For more information, check out this thread in JLWranglerForums.com.
OnAllCylinders’ Paul Sakalas and Matt Griswold contributed to this report.