More and more rumors have been surfacing about a 2018 Jeep Wrangler release. The designers have hit a stage where they are supposed to make a new generation model. And although they are certainly not forced to make a whole lot of changes, the current contemporary market demands it. The premise here is that they will have to keep the heritage and the tone of the original legendary truck but at the same time offer a more modernistic approach to the design of the car.
The story of the Jeep Wrangler started in 1941with the original Willys models which were built for the U.S. Government by Ford. They have served the military for years already and have been the most reliable vehicle used in various kinds of terrains. Now in 2016, the current Wrangler is the JK edition which originated back in 2007. The last major changes done to this version were an exterior refresh in 2012 and an engine overhaul made in 2013. But now people are waiting for something completely new to happen for the next generation of Wrangler models.
Although the sales numbers of the Jeep Wrangler have been growing steadily from 2011, with the 2015 numbers surpassing the 2014 numbers by a landslide, there is still so much that the Wrangler can become. They are now at a point where they have to think more about the future of the brand based on the current market needs. So we are here at the cross point and we have gathered the recent information and studied the picture of the offered rendering to see what they might prepared for the future and the potential release date of the car.
When will the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Get its Release Date?
For now this seems like a long way off and we cannot hope for a 2018 Jeep Wrangler really soon. The model is undergoing its biggest changes yet and will probably take some more time for it to appear on the market. But if they do manage to make changes accordingly to their plans, we still might get to see the newest Wrangler by the end of 2018.
What is the Price Going to be?
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is going to be pricier compared to the current models. With the sales steadily and constantly growing and with the fact that the new Wrangler is preparing to become more of an upmarket model, we can only expect for its price to become bigger. The current model is priced at $26,000 in its base form but we expect that the entry model will increase to around $32,000, with the max price reaching $50,000 for the top of the range ones.
The exterior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is supposed to offer us a mixture of the old and the new. The model will first and foremost have to keep their iconic pieces and parts but at the same time it has to provide us with some innovations and build up the looks a bit.
We predict the seven-slot grille returning for the car but it will be modified to be more aerodynamic. The windshield is still going to be short and square while the front glass will add a more slipperier shape. The same kind of bumper will be placed out front but will change the design for better aerodynamics as well the back end of the car will receive some Renegade-like taillights.
Some controversial changes which might be introduced include ditching the removable hard top or canvas soft top and using a roll-over protection integrated into the non-removable roof structure. This means that the B-pillar and C-pillar will create hoops over the passenger compartment and they will have bracing between them and it will connect the windshield and the B-pillars as well. Also if doors get to be removed, the mirrors might be moved to the body of the car and that way save the owners from buying aftermarket mirrors. All in all, some of the changes will not be welcomed with praise, particularly from the hardcore Wrangler enthusiasts.
There are less rumors about the interior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler than about its outside. The things that are already confirmed include using the rotary shift knob for the ZF eight-speed automatic, but we predict that the inside will also incorporate a much larger offer of technology and that it will still be manageable to wash it with a garden hose.
Some technological additions may include a FCA’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, which is optional, while the base version might get a 5.0 Uconnect system. Of course, we also expect Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation and some third-party applications
The carpet is going to be easily removable so an easier cleanup is made which also means removable rubber grommets that act as drain holes. The seats will be standard with tight-weave cloth for easier cleaning but you can get leather ones optionally.
What are the Engadin Options for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler?
We might say that the powertrain choice for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is another question which needs to be answered. But there are a lot of rumors which might even offer us the correct answer when it comes to making the right choice. The obvious choice for now is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which is likely to make 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and is able to combine with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, which will replace the five-speed automatic.
The second choice has to be 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbodiesel V-6 engine. This one will probably provide 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque and also make better fuel economy rates compared to the ones seen now.
0-60 mph Acceleration
Depending on the choice made for the powertrain of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, we might get to see an improvement made in terms of acceleration. The current model is able to reach 0-60 mph 8.4 seconds and develop a top speed of 110 mph and it is highly possible that the new version might offer more pep than that.
Fuel Economy Ratings
The new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is also supposed to offer better fuel economy ratings. But it has not been announced what they aim to make it, but we can certainly say that they want to make an improvement on the EPA ratings from the last model. The current version makes 16 mpg city drive and 20 mpg highway. The new modern version will probably want to improve upon this as much as they can and give the contemporary crowds a much better fuel efficiency rating.
The current dimensions might change for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. With the implemented changes of this being a modern car, some dimension aspects of the car might also be changed. It might just so happen that the makers decide to make it a bit longer or wider, just for stability. But there is an equal possibility that they decide to take it in a complete different direction and shorten it a bit. We can only stick to the news and see what happens in the end.
The new 2018 Jeep Wrangler has already announced some aims for their model. One of them is making the car more modern and they aim to do it by making it more aerodynamic, but they are also going to concentrate on pedestrian safety a bit. While the passenger safety has always been on a high level with the Wrangler, we see them retaining those kinds of specs and characteristics and are just going to add some new and expanded equipment when it comes to the people around it. The news will drop as this car gets closer to its release date.
The newest version of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will have a healthy dose of competition to face. Although some of the old ones have not changed with the times and it still depends on how much the Wrangler is going to change. The competition will be affected in that way. Some say that the Wrangler is in a class of its own and that it should not be compared with anyone else. But the model that we have to point out here is the Ford Bronco model which in a way might offer a similar kind of a setup as the 2018 Ford Wrangler might.
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