As many off-roaders become softer, Jeep continues to keep its Wrangler true to its heritage. Unveiled at the recent LA Auto Show, the latest generation Jeep Wrangler is just as capable as before, but the boxy, utilitarian workhorse is definitely a more modern, efficient, and refined.
Although the basic silhouette remains unchanged, the new Wrangler boasts larger windows for better visibility. Even the iconic seven-slot grille bas been angled slightly to improve aerodynamics. However, Jeep has retained the Wrangler’s removable doors, top, and even the fold-down windshield, ensuring you can get even closer to the great outdoors.
Powering the new Wrangler is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder that produces 270-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque or a 3.6L V6 with 285-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Further out in 2019 models, Wrangler will be available with a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual will be standard on all 3.6L V6 models and the eight-speed auto will be available on all engines.
Despite modern enhancements and greater efficiency, the new Wrangler hasn’t lost its go-anywhere capabilities. It features plenty of off-roading gear including Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, next-gen Dana axles, a Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case, improved crawl ratios, best-in-class approach/departure/breakover angles, and can ford up to 30-inches of water.
Soft-touch materials, chrome and metal-plated accents, and cloth or leather seating with adjustable bolsters and lumbar support, add more comfort to the Wrangler’s cabin. Despite its utilitarian looks, techies will appreciate the availability of three infotainment options including Uconnect, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, along with an available 8.4-inch touchscreen.
The all-new Jeep Wrangler goes on sale in the first quarter of 2018. Prices start at $26,995.