LA Auto Show: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Boasts More Safety Features And Advanced Technology Than Ever [Video]
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has officially introduced its 2018 Jeep Wrangler, redesigned for the modern age with more advanced technology and safety features than ever before.
Unveiled just before the Los Angeles Auto Show, which takes place on Dec. 1-10 at the LA Convention Center, FCA's 2018 Jeep Wrangler retains its rugged essence but adds key modern touches to take the whole experience to the next level.
"The most capable SUV ever delivers even more legendary Jeep® 4x4 capability, a modern design that stays true to the original, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, more open-air options, and is loaded with more safety features and advanced technology than ever before," reads the description on the LA Auto Show official website.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Features
The new Jeep Wrangler now features a push-button starter with a weatherproof surround, a backup camera in the center of the rear-mounted spare tire, lumbar support seats, heated steering wheel and front seats, plenty of mesh pockets for storage, and more.
The windshield has a four-bolt frame and it's more aerodynamic than previous editions. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler also has a new header bar to connect the front pillars, which allows the rearview mirror to stay right where it is even when the windshield is folded down.
The center console has also been redesigned, and since Jeep Wranglers are meant to be opened up, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler also comes with lift-assist handles that make the doors easier to remove. The new vehicle will also list what provided tool would be necessary to unbolt the door, so users should find it easier to open things up.
A 7-inch or 8.4-inch touch screen placed right on the center stack will allow users to access the new Uconnect system. When it comes to safety, the new Jeep Wrangler comes with 75 safety features, both active and passive, including the aforementioned backup camera, rear cross path detection, or available blind-spot monitoring.
The Jeep Wrangler is not exactly a niche vehicle, but it's not a car for everyone either. The 2018 model stays true to its design and one can't mistake it for anything else other than a Jeep, but its ruggedness now also offers more comfort, fuel efficiency, safety, and more advanced technology.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Models And Specs
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler was one of the most hotly-anticipated reveals at the LA auto show and it will be ready to hit dealerships come January. It will come in Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon trims with two doors, or in Sport, Sport S, Rubicon, and Sahara trims with four doors.
Since it's designed to play nice off-road, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler comes with two 4x4 systems. On Sahara trims, it will also have a two-speed transfer case with four-wheel drive at all times, and a low-range gear ratio of 2.72:1. This transfer case enables drivers to set it and just enjoy four-wheel drive full time.
The two 4x4 systems, meanwhile, will deliver full-time torque management, which should come in handy on slippery roads. When it comes to the engine, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will offer several options.
An upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine will ramp up 285 horsepower and torque of 260 pound-feet and will have Engine Stop-Start as standard. The other option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder inline engine with 270 horsepower.
The Jeep Wrangler will also boast an EcoDiesel V-6 engine with 270 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, but that won't be until 2019.
Only the 3.6-liter engine has mileage ratings available for now, which are 20 and 23 mpg in the city and on the highway, respectively.