Essentially every detail of the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been updated in its most extensive refresh to date. It's taller, has a longer wheelbase and features a new more powerful turbo engine choice. Given the depth of updates to nearly all functional components the Wrangler offers a much better ride when negotiating normal everyday city streets without sacrificing any of its off-road capabilities. The soft top design allows for easy removal of windows and paneling while doors and the front windscreen have never been easier to remove.
Wrangler will continue to be available in two- and 4-door models. Two-door versions come in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon spec, while the 4-doors add Sahara and Altitude trim levels between Sport S and Rubicon.
The base model Wrangler comes standard with the popular FCA Pentastar V6 engine making 285 horsepower and 260 lb-feet of torque mated to either a manual 6-speed transmission or 8-speed automatic. A new 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is being introduced for all trim levels in 2018 producing 268 horsepower and a whopping 295 ft lbs of torque. The 2.0L is only available in conjunction with the 8-speed automatic.
Jeep's Command Trac Four-wheel drive system, push-button start and backup camera are standard across the lineup, fog lamps, skid plates for the transfer case and fuel tank, cruise control, five USB outlets, side airbags, hill-start assist and more. Electronic trailer-sway control is standard, and the optional towing package brings a Class II hitch receiver, 4-pin and 7-pin adapters, a 240-amp alternator, a 700-amp battery and auxiliary switches. Maximum tow rating is 2000 pounds for the 2-door and 3500 for the 4-door.
The Sport S adds power windows, air conditioning and keyless entry and the 4-door's Sahara model adds upgraded trim and allows buyers to select the more advanced Selec-Trac full-time transfer case. Rubicon models are the most off-road ready, with tubular rock rails and an even more advanced 4-wheel-drive system. Option packages include different hardtop configurations, an 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system and blind-spot sensors.
Safety features include Electronic Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Advanced multi-stage airbags and Sentry Key theft deterrent System.