If you’ve been waiting anxiously for the new Jeep JL Wrangler to arrive, good news! The wait is over and according to the reviews, it was well worth the wait. The 2018 JL Wrangler is a beautifully modernized version of the old one and ready to hit the trails. Best of all, the new JL Wrangler includes some creative surprises and improvements that should please all of Wrangler lovers out there.
Models and Features
The 2018 JL Wrangler is available in a 2-door Sport, SportS, and Rubicon model. There are also 4-door SportS, Sahara, and Rubicon models. All models and trim packages include push-button start/stop, back-up cameras, halogen headlamps, lamps, cruise control, 5 USB ports, hill start assist, and side airbags.
Also standard with all of these new Jeep models are transfer case and fuel tank skid plates, two front and one rear tow hooks, electronic trailer sway control, and an optional towing package. Rubicon models now include rock sliders and the ends of front and rear bumpers come off to easily accommodate bigger tires.
Notable Design Improvements
While Jeep did stick to the iconic Wrangler appearance, they did make some impressive design improvements that give the JL some modern flair and better functionality:
- Windshield - It has been angled back slightly to improve aerodynamics, the windshield maintains the characteristic Wrangler look. It still folds flat and has added a straight header bar that connects the A-pillars.
- Hood Prop - The prop has been placed on the hood as opposed to its prior placement on the body.
- Removable Doors - The classic removable doors still remain and have been improved so the hinges can be easily removed with only a T50 Torx bit tool. The frames are even stamped with T50 in case the included tool is ever lost.
- Soft and Hard Tops - The Sunrider soft top has been improved with its own framework and the elimination of zippers for faster removal. The rear and quarter windows can be removed separately while the top is in place. For Sahara and Rubicon models, there is also an electric power-top option and a 3-piece hard top option.
- Frame and Suspension - The steel frame is entirely redesigned and has 5 boxed crossmembers, new Dana front and rear solid axles, and coil spring suspension.
- Wheelbase and Vehicle Length - The wheelbase of the 2-door JL has been increased by 1.4 inches and the 4-door by 2.4 inches with their overall lengths increased by 2.5 and 3.5 inches, respectively. These slight increases have paved the way for larger glass and better visibility all around.
- Reduced Weight - Going back to previous Wrangler versions, the JL once again includes an aluminum hood along with newly added aluminum fenders, doors, hinges, windshield frame, tailgate skin, engine mounts, brake master cylinder, steering gear, and hollow anti-roll and track bars as well as other aluminum parts. These have all been added to reduce overall vehicle weight.
Gas, Diesel, and Hybrid - Hooray!
This new Jeep JL Wrangler arrived with a standard 285 horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter, V-6 engine; two new options are planned for the near future. In 2019, a 260 horsepower 8-speed 3.0-liter V-6 automatic diesel option will be available for 4-door Wranglers. A 268 horsepower 8-speed 2.0 liter turbocharged automatic hybrid engine with eTorque assist will be available shortly after that. The 6-speed manual/8-speed automatic Pentastar V-6 base engine offers standard stop/start function that can be deactivated.
The Jeep 2018 JL Wrangler offers a lot more drivetrain options for today’s Wrangler owner. Sport, SportS, and Sahara packages include the Command-Trac 2-speed transfer case with Dana axles, 2.72:1 low and 3.45:1 gears, and an optional Trak-Lol limited slip rear differential. There is also an optional Selec-Trac 2-speed transfer case for the Sahara model. Rubicon models have a Rock-Trac system with 4.00:1 low-gear ratio and Tru-Lok locking 4.10:1 Dana axles.
This 2018 Jeep JL Wrangles has been redesigned to include many improvements to make it more fun and capable on the trails. This has been done without losing the classic Jeep look of the old Wrangler. Overall, they seem to have done a remarkable job. The new JL is everything a Jeep Wrangler should be only with the addition of the design and mechanical upgrades necessary to give you more stock power on the trails!