2018 Jeep Wrangler unveiled 30 | 11 | 2017

    THIS IS OUR first glimpse of the all-new fourth-generation Jeep Wrangler, which will go on-sale in Scottish dealerships in summer 2018. (Related: New Jeep Compass on-sale)

    Though pricing and spec for the UK has still to be confirmed, we do know that both two-door and four-door Wrangler models are available.

    Launched at the LA Motor Show — the car goes on-sale in the US in January — it’s the most advanced version of the SUV in the Wrangler’s 30-year history.

    The iconic design from 1987 hasn’t changed much, but the body now incorporates aluminium throughout to help reduce weight, and includes such goodies as LED headlamps and fog lamps.


    The 2018 Jeep Wrangler also incorporates more than 75 advanced safety and security features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, rear view camera and electronic stability control along with electronic roll mitigation.

    Buyers in the States get the choice from three different engines. the entry-level is the 266bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, producing 400Nm of torque. The existing 3.6-litre V6 petrol powertrain, with 281bhp and 353Nm of torque, has been carried over into the new range.


    The range now also includes a new 256bhp, 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel has been added and producing 600Nm.

    Standard fit across the range is a six-speed manual gearbox, with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox available as an option across the range.


    The Wrangler, of course, has its DNA firmly entrenched in its off-road ability. So it’s no surprise the new model will continue that trend. For the first time in a Wrangler, it’s offered with a two-speed transfer case, and a low-range gear ratio. There’s also a Command-Trac 4x4 system fitted as standard. Off-road grip is further enhanced by five-link coil suspension and steel track bars.


    In the US the line-up includes Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon models.

    The range-topping Rubicon models get the most off-road tech as standard, including an electronic sway bar and locking differentials, plus four-wheel-drive system with ‘heavy duty’ front and rear axles.


    Buyers can have a limited slip differential — providing extra grip in slippery conditions — fitted to the rear as an option.

    Capable of wading through 30 inches of water, the Wrangler can also tow up to 1588kg. A  set of 17-inch off-road tyres can be fitted for dedicated off-roaders.


    Inside the cabin, fixtures and fittings have moved noticeably upmarket, boasting a more premium look and feel.

    While buyers can opt for cloth or leather upholstery with vinyl-wrapped door trim panels, the standard analogue instrument cluster can also be specced with a larger seven-inch LED information display.


    Jeep has also upgraded the Wrangler’s infotainment by introducing  its latest Uconnect system. This is accessed via seven-inch or 8.4-inch display, and the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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    Jim McGill


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