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First Look: The 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show

November 29, 2017 Cars By Photo by Eric Adams

We drove the new Wrangler in New Zealand last month, and will have that report to you in mid-December (the photos here are from that drive). But we’re now finally able to reveal some of the technical details of Jeep’s newest generation off-roader. Debuting today in Los Angeles, the truck’s design echoes its predecessor, but with a variety of tweaks to the grill and the newly aluminized body panels that give it a bit more character. There are functional vents, a lowered spare tire out back to improve rear visibility and a generally more balanced look, thanks to a slightly longer and wider frame.

The convertible model has a newly simplified retraction system for the soft top, and the front windshield can be folded forward for that wind-in-your-face experience. Inside, the digital display and infotainment systems have been suitably modernized, while up front there’s a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine in addition to the 3.6-liter V6, which has a new six-speed manual transmission. Ground clearance is slightly higher for all models, approach-and-departure angles are better and there are a slew of concessions to Jeep enthusiasts and modders, which we’ll hit in the full review next month.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Specs:
Engine: 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder; 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6
Transmission: 8-speed automatic; 6-speed manual (V6)
Horsepower: 268; 285
Torque: 295 lb-ft; 260 lb-ft
Price: TBA
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