Jeep enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the release of the newest generation Jeep Wrangler and this week additional insights were provided by an inside source who was present at a recent Jeep Dealers meeting.
The 2018 Wrangler, referenced as the JL/JLU (2 door/4 door models), is expected to be debuted at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Thanks to the inside source, expect a few new options when it is revealed. Per the source’s disclosure to JL Wrangler Forums, a well-trusted Jeep enthusiast site, the newest generation Wrangler will offer push-to-start and electronic start-stop functions.
The source also mentioned that the JL/JLU will have an optional power sliding hard top (PSHT) for the first time in the Wrangler’s storied history. While much has been made of potential engine options, it looks as though the traditional package will update the current 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (maxing out at 285 horsepower) with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, code-named the Hurricane (maxing out at over 300 horsepower). Insider photos have shown factory work on a diesel version and, based on the inside source, that engine is expected to be available in the 2019 model year.
The source also confirmed additional details for the JL/JLU, including that the Rubicon model will run 33″ tires (slightly larger than the current Rubicon models), a redesigned transfer case handle, manual lumbar support adjustment, and a longer wheelbase. The lug tool will also now be metric.
One other mostly overlooked revelation from this source is that most current aftermarket parts (styled to fit the JK/JKU models) are expected to fit the 2018 Wrangler which will be very exciting news to current Wrangler owners looking to upgrade to the newest generation without having to sacrifice many of the aftermarket products already outfitting the JK/JKU.
While seemingly already confirmed by spy photos captured from forum enthusiasts, the newest generation Wrangler will continue to offer a manual transmission option in addition to it’s automatic transmission and while not all colors have been fully confirmed, it looks as though initial offerings will at least include white, black, granite crystal, billet silver, blue, orange, red, and baja yellow.
These disclosures continue to provide more insights into the newest Wrangler, on top of already-confirmed items such as LED headlights, a newly styled front grille, and updated tail lights and hopefully enthusiasts can focus on these updates as they patiently await the unveiling of the much-anticipated Jeep Wrangler Pickup in 2019.