An all-new Jeep Wrangler is here, and it will sell like hotcakes.
The Wrangler is an automotive icon, so Jeep understandably made sure to keep its looks very similar to the previous-generation model. The slightly more bulbous front grille is more upright and is flanked by headlights that recess into the outer slots like those of the Jeep CJ-7.
The turn signals are on the fenders rather than in the grille, while air breathers on the front wheel wells reduce turbulence. The taillights stretch into the quarter panels, a first for the Wrangler.
Despite those changes, the is instantly recognizable as, well, a Wrangler. The rumors that it would go soft and lose its fold-down windshield and removable doors have been proven incorrect. You can also still choose between a two- or four-door Wranglers in both soft- or hard-top configurations.
The interior is a lot nicer, sprucing up the utilitarian and bland look of the old with the addition of more colors, higher quality materials and craftsmanship, and more tech.
Several engines will be available, including a naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 and — later on — a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder unit and possibly a diesel.
The V6 can be mated to either a manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the four-door Wrangler Unlimited (the heaviest model in the lineup) equipped with the manual delivering an EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating of 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined, and 18/23/20 mpg when fitted with the automatic.
That is slightly better fuel economy than the old car’s 16/21/18 with the manual and 16/20/18 with the five-speed automatic.
The 2018 Wrangler will be able to tow 3,500 lbs regardless of which engine is equipped.
So, there you have it – the all-new Jeep Wrangler. Sure, it looks the same, but you can bet that it’s a much better vehicle than its predecessor.
Are you happy with the way it turned out, and would you buy one?
Next Jeep Grand Cherokee Coming In 2021, Three-Row Jeep At End Of 2020
FCA is gearing up for a Jeep product blitz that includes the Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and an unnamed three-row SUV.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed plans to invest $4.5 billion in five of its Michigan plants to meet growing demand and introduce two new Jeep models.
Approximately $1.6 billion will go to converting the two plants that make up the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into an assembly site for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be based off the Alfa Romeo platform underpinning the Stelvio and is slated to arrive in the first half of 2020. It will also build an unnamed three-row full-size Jeep alongside the Grand Cheroke and several plug-in hybrid Jeep models.
Little is known about the new three-row full-size SUV, but it will be distinct from the Ram 1500–based Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer that start production in early 2021 and could very well be a longer wheelbase version of the Grand Cherokee.
FCA will introduce plug-in hybrid versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models first, followed by two more hybrid models. Fully electric Jeep battery electric vehicles are also planned.
Is Jeep Working On High-Performance Gladiator Truck?
The Wrangler-based pickup truck may be getting a high-octane makeover for adrenaline junkies.
Jeep is reportedly working on a high-performance Gladiator along the lines of a Ford Ranger Raptor.
According to inside information provided to the , the model will be dubbed the “Hercules” and one-off prototypes of it are currently undergoing testing.
The Gladiator Hercules would also do battle with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD, even though it will be a more powerful pickup. However, without a proper high-performance mid-size pickup on the market — Ford has ruled out the Ranger Raptor for North America — it could very well have a segment to its own.
Jeep has yet to give the green light, but considering that Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, previously hinted at the idea of a high-performance Gladiator and Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s reputation for making over-the-top high-performance models (Dodge Challenger Demon and the Ram 1500 Rebel, just to name a few), it’s easy to see why such a model is likely to see the light of day.
More power is never a bad thing, if you ask us.
Next Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Offer Three Rows Of Seats, Plugin Hybrid
Jeep’s popular midsize SUV will be smarter, more practical and more fuel efficient.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has traditionally been a two-row, five passenger vehicle, but that’s going to change.
Sources that spoke with have revealed that the fifth generation Grand Cherokee will be offered with three rows of seats for the first time in model history.
Jeep could retain the midsize proportions of the Grand Cherokee and squeeze the third seats behind the second row, which would make them ideal for small children but uncomfortable for normal-sized adults.
Alternatively, the company has at least considered providing two distinct versions of the SUV, a five passenger setup with midsize proportions and a seven passenger setup with a stretched wheelbase to better accommodate a third row.
As another first for the nameplate, the new Grand Cherokee will also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain and autonomous driving technology.
FCA will convert an idled engine in Detroit to assemble the SUV, as well as revive the Mack Avenue Engine II, which hasn’t been used since 2012.
The plant will create 400 new jobs.