Jeep is getting ready to roll out an all-new Wrangler (JL/JLU) for 2018, and according to website JLWranglerForums.com, we can look forward to its official unveiling in late-November, just ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Shortly thereafter, by mid- or late-December, the first examples should start going out to Jeep dealers across the country.
Fiat Chrysler held a meeting with a select few dealers recently, revealing some new details about the forthcoming Jeep Wrangler, including its powertrain options. JLWranglerForums.com confirms that there will be three engines available: an updated 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, paired with either an automatic or a manual transmission; a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC “Hurricane” four-cylinder, paired exclusively with an automatic; and a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. The latter of these is reportedly pending EPA certification, and isn’t expected to become available until well into the 2019 model year.
The available automatic transmission is reportedly an 8-speed ZF unit.
In addition, the availability of a power-sliding hard top (or “PSHT”, after the sound it makes as it closes) has been confirmed, although it won’t appear until late in the 2018 model year. On top of that, push-button start and electronic start/stop will inhabit the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, adding a bit of sophistication and, hopefully, efficiency to the rugged off-roader.
For more on the forthcoming, 2018 Jeep Wrangler, visit JLWranglerForums.com.