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New for 2018: Jeep

New for 2018: Jeep

By Christian Wardlaw, September 12, 2017

For the 2018 model year, Jeep makes two major changes to its lineup. First, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk debuts, equipped with a supercharged V-8 engine making 707 horsepower. Second, the Wrangler is redesigned, but it doesn’t go into production until the holiday season, so the automaker is extending the current Wrangler’s run and renaming it the Wrangler JK. Remaining news is primarily related to new infotainment systems, special editions, and other minor changes.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk front quarter left photoDetailed changes for each 2018 Jeep SUV model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.



2018 Jeep Cherokee

  • Sport trim level canceled, making Latitude the entry-level model
  • New Latitude Plus trim level debuts, including cloth seats with leather inserts, upgraded Uconnect infotainment system, and several other desirable features
  • Limited trim continues, adding a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, rear park-assist sensors, and a power liftgate as standard equipment
  • Altitude appearance packages are available for Latitude and Limited trims
  • Trailhawk also returns, supplying rugged off-roading capability and adding the same improvements listed for the Limited trim plus a dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Overland remains in the lineup


2018 Jeep Compass

  • Limited trim is now offered with front-wheel drive in addition to all-wheel drive


2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Grand Cherokee Trackhawk debuts, equipped with same 707-horsepower, supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine as Dodge Hellcat models
  • Jeep quotes acceleration to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph
  • Trackhawk looks like the SRT, but with minor differences
  • Trackhawk interior upgraded with super-premium Natura leather, open-pore wood trim, real metal trim, and other exclusive enhancements
  • All Grand Cherokees have next-generation Uconnect 4 technology with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Laredo trim gains a standard 7-in. infotainment display, new cloth upholstery selections, and new 17-in. aluminum wheels
  • Limited trim offered with new Sterling Edition package to commemorate model’s 25th anniversary
  • Laredo-based Altitude trim is joined by Overland-based High Altitude trim, combining a blacked-out appearance with upscale features and amenities
  • Overland trim offered with new Brown interior leather
  • Sterling Edition, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk trims gain real interior metal trim
  • SRT with Signature Leather Wrapped Interior package includes matte carbon fiber trim, black badges, and satin black “Spider Monkey” wheels


2018 Jeep Renegade

  • Reversing camera standard on all trims
  • Next-generation Uconnect 4 infotainment system standard for all versions except the base Sport trim, where it is an option
  • Uconnect 4 includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Interior is updated with new seat fabrics, interior colors, and trim elements
  • Revised Selec-Terrain controls, added storage areas for cabin
  • Sport trim now available with power MySky retractable roof


2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

  • A redesigned Jeep Wrangler is coming soon; production is expected to start in November 2017
  • In the meantime, the old Wrangler continues into 2018, now wearing a “JK” designation
  • New Golden Eagle, Freedom Edition, and Altitude special editions arrive
  • Premium tan soft top included for Golden Eagle, available for Freedom Edition and Rubicon Recon
  • Tru-Lok locking rear differential now available for Willys Wheeler and Freedom Edition trims

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