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First Look: The 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the LA Auto Show
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
Last July, a member of JL Wrangler Forum caught a video of the Jeep testing. Read the Story