The current, JK-generation Jeep Wrangler has been on sale for over 10 years, and an all-new Wrangler is on its way for 2018. The new Wrangler, the JL, is easily one of the most anticipated trucks of the year, and thankfully we won't have to wait long to see it.
On November 8th, Jeep released pictures of the 2018 Wrangler's interior. With the latest version of Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, it looks like a huge improvement over the previous-generation Wrangler. The car pictured also shows off its six-speed manual transmission with pride.
It'll Probably Cost Around $2500 More Than Last Year's Model
Just a day after Jeep pulled a surprise move and released three pictures of the 2018 JL Wrangler, pricing briefly showed up on the automaker's homepage. A JLWranglerforums.com user saw that the 2018 Wrangler Unlimited started at $30,445—$2550 more than the 2017 JK Unlimited. Pricing for other model variants hasn't been announced—intentionally or not—just yet.
Dealer Ordering Is Open
First uncovered by the JLWranglerForums, and confirmed to us by a knowledgeable insider, dealer ordering for the 2018 Wrangler has begun. That means that dealers can let Jeep know how many 2018 Wranglers they'd like to receive for the first shipment. You can head to a dealer and register your interest, which will hopefully get you an early-production example, but you can't custom order one yet. That'll come later.
It Can Tow Around 3500 Pounds
According to apparently leaked documents acquired by Jalopink, the 2018 Wrangler will be able to tow 3500 lbs regardless of which engine is equipped. The Wrangler will also have between 1075 and 1310 lbs of payload capacity, depending on specification. Jalopnik also figured out that the lightest Wrangler, a 2.0-liter Sport will weigh around 3800 lbs while the heaviest, a 3.0-liter diesel Rubicon weighs around 4400 lbs.
It'll Debut at the LA Auto Show
The first 2018 Wranglers are expected to roll off the line at Jeep's Toledo, Ohio assembly plant in mid-November, with a public reveal scheduled not long after. It's understood that the Wrangler will debut at the LA Auto Show, which means we'll finally get to see it in the metal sometime in the last week of November.
The Wrangler is an icon, so Jeep is understandably keeping its looks very similar to the previous-generation model. The front grille is slightly more bulbous than before—likely to meet pedestrian crash safety standards—and the turn signals have moved to the front of the fenders. Otherwise, it'll be instantly recognizable as a Wrangler.
The JK Wrangler's interior is pretty utilitarian even in high-spec trucks, but spy photos indicate that the JL's will be a lot nicer. It looks like the Wrangler will get Fiat Chrysler's latest UConnect infotainment system, a welcome upgrade. Dual-zone climate control and a heated steering wheel appear to be options too.
The Wrangler will also retain its dashboard-mounted window switches, further evidence that the removable doors might remain. That dashboard is rather shallow and upright, just like older Wranglers, and it appears portions will be color-matched to the exterior paint. We're not sure whether that'll be a high-end option or a standard feature.