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2018 Jeep Wrangler Keeps Off-Road Profile at Los Angeles Auto Show

2018 Jeep Wrangler Keeps Off-Road Profile at Los Angeles Auto Show

By Philly Murtha, November 29, 2017
The Jeep brand holds to the traditional rugged attitude with the debut of a revised 2018 Jeep Wrangler compact SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Modern updates include: more fuel-efficient powertrains and more available open-air configuration options for off-road fun along with a host of 75 optional and standard advanced safety and driver assistance features. The latest 2018 Jeep Wrangler is slated to arrive in U.S. dealerships early next year.

Fourth-generation modern touches to the iconic 4x4 utility include a backup camera located between the rear spare tire. Inside the cockpit, the console has been refined and there’s a push-button starter. Lift-assist handles are added to make it easier to remove doors and lots of mesh pockets for storage are arranged throughout. Seats are also updated with lumbar support and a heat option for front seats and steering wheel. Since the Wrangler is meant to be an open-air sport vehicle, the windshield can be folded down without removing the rearview mirror that stays in place.

The new Jeep Wrangler is recognizable with keystone-shaped grille, round headlamps and square tail lights. Two hardtops and a premium soft top are optional. The newest generation Wrangler also has lightweight aluminum doors, hinges, hood, fenders and windshield frame to configure for open-air off-roading. Suspension has been enhanced for better on- and off-road capability.

Off-road equipment includes several 4x4 systems, next-generation Dana axles, a new full-time 2-speed transfer case, locking electric front and rear axles, a Trac-Lok limited slip differential and 33-in. off-road tires. Ground clearance is exceptional, according to the Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) brand, which claims the Wrangler has unmatched crawl ratios and up to 30 inches of clearance for water fording.

Standard power comes from a new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, with optional 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 with an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. There are four trim levels and a number of two-tone color options for the new Wrangler. Pricing will likely begin at about $30,445 for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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