The entire Wranglers family will get annual refreshment and the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in specific will serve as hosts of changes. A reminiscent of Jeep’s early days, the Wrangler is one unique off-roader which boasts brawny SUV capabilities. With the addition of Unlimited line-up, the American automakers have brought in more versatility. Unlike the standard Wranglers, the Unlimited models boast 4 entry doors and heavy duty drivetrain.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Appearance and Technology
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is supposed to come with a heavy duty Dana 44 front axle. Besides adding ground clearance, this innovative axle also helps in reducing friction between the driveshaft’s joint angles. Tru-Lok® locking differentials will come standard of Rubicon. As far as styling goes, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will inherit the icon look while showcasing some new design elements. The iconic circular body-embedded headlights along with the fog lights will get LEDs.
The signature 7-slat grille will wear premium chrome inserts and feature inner mesh intake. The front bumper will grow, integrate rugged tow hooks and wear a matte-ish chrome finish. Revised 16-inch cast alloy wheels with Goodyear® will come standard and 17/18-inches variants will come as optional. The in-cab of 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is supposed to hold changes as well. Furthermore, the utility storage box will come as standard with the seats, center console, and a dedicated storage bin. The 6.5-inch infotainment display will come revised with Alpine® All-Weather premium surround sound system.
The dashboard will be organized into 2 sections for both functionality and styling. The driver-centric gauge cluster will receive metallic inserts and LED contrast lighting. Its vibration and harshness protection will be improved as well. Most importantly, vehicle safety will be of high concern. However, the technologies like Electronic Roll Mitigation, Electronic Stability Control, and Sentry Key® Theft Deterrent System will come standard.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Engine and Towing Capacity
The Jeep is fair with the entire Wrangler line-up as all the models (trims) are powered by a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will retain this powertrain while featuring new lightweight aluminum cylinder block heads. Net output figures are expected to reach 285 HP at 6,500 RPM and 264 lb-ft. torque at 4,900 RPM. FYI: the engine’s torque will be focused towards low-ends for hardcore off-roading.
Its fuel economy is suspected to stay around 19 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway/ 2 mpg combined. Likewise, the 0 to 60 mph run will take about 6.8 seconds and towing capacity is expected to top out at 3,800 lbs. All-wheel drive will come as standard along with a 5-speed manual transmission.
As performance-oriented vehicle Jeep Wrangler is, it integrates class-leading features like the sway bar disconnect system. When in 4WD, this system automatically disengages the front sway bar under 18 mph. This enhances acceleration and overall vehicle traction.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Price, Competitors and Release Date
Like the 2017 Wrangler Unlimited, the new-gen Wrangler Unlimited will come in different iterations including Sport, Sport S, Sahara, Rubicon and Willys Wheeler. The experts suggest that the base will come with a starting price of around $25,000 and the range-topping trims will cost as much as $38,000.
Finally, with a dozen of changes, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will compete against the likes of Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan Xterra, and Chevrolet Blazer. The Jeep might even schedule the launch date during Q1 of 2018.