While the 2018 Jeep Wrangler hasn’t officially been unveiled yet, the car world is abuzz with conversation about it anyway. Some enterprising car enthusiasts have managed to come across some information about the 2018 Wrangler, with some even managing to snap a few pictures of camouflaged test versions of the new Wrangler undergoing driving tests.
Though we may only know a little, what we do know is plenty to get excited about. Want to find out more? Here’s our Indianapolis Jeep dealership team’s take on what we know about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
What’s New About the 2018 Jeep Wrangler?
Perhaps the biggest difference between the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and its immediate predecessor is its exterior appearance. The new model’s windshield features a more generous angle, fulfilling Jeep’s promise to give its signature 4×4 a sleeker appearance.
Though the shape appears very similar in other regards, there is one other big change that will make a big difference in the composition of the 2018 Wrangler, and that is that the increased use of aluminum in the vehicle’s frame. The use of aluminum has become increasingly popular with auto manufacturers because of its lighter weight, and the current buzz is that the hood and doors of the 2018 Wrangler will be made of aluminum, which should take a significant amount of weight off its total mass.
Other exterior features include a larger front bumper, a fold-down windshield, wrap-around taillights, and window corners that have a rounder shape than previous versions. While the exact details of what this will all look like aren’t yet known, the predictions that these elements will be included fall in line with Jeep’s recent design choices and its publicly stated mission, in terms of new vehicle designs.
Under the hood, the current expectation is that the 2018 Wrangler will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that has been given the codename “Hurricane,” paired with a brand new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Wrangler may also include a 3.0-liter diesel V6 (the kind used by the Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel), but this is more up in the air, as an investigation from the EPA into diesel engines may put a barrier on these plans. Additionally, the 2.0-liter turbo and Pentastar V6 engines are expected to also be available options.
When Will the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Be Available?
Seeing that we’re not even halfway through 2017, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s official debut is still some time away. That said, industry buzz says that the newly revamped Wrangler will likely make its first official public appearance at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show, which will take place in November of this year.
Until the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is unveiled, we’ll have to content ourselves with the little bits of information that leak out between then and now. If what we find out later is as exciting as what we know now, there’s still plenty to get excited about when it comes to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
Want to test drive a Jeep Wrangler? Contact Community Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Bloomington today at 812-331-3200 or come visit our dealership to speak with one of our sales team.