Jeep Drops Official Images of 2018 Wrangler Interior
Vast improvements in every detailby Mark McNabb, on
Jeep is slowly debuting the all-new 2018 Wrangler bit by bit before its official debut at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show on November 29. The latest piece is a pair of photos showing the Wrangler’s brand new interior – and boy; the improvements are awesome. Not one screw or plastic bit carries over from the outgoing Wrangler JK. That’s definitely a good thing. The new Wrangler JL is vastly more technologically advanced and fitted with way more creature comforts.
Though we’ve seen teases of the new interior before, this is the first time Jeep has shown the full monty. Both shots are of the same loaded-out Rubicon model, which gives us the complete scope of what’s available. The model features the latest Uconnect system, a large driver information screen with digital auxiliary gauges, dual-zone climate control, the standard assortment of steering wheel controls, dash-mounted window switches, a bank of four auxiliary switches for aftermarket components, and a toggle switch to control the Rubicon’s front and rear locking differentials. A separate button controls the disconnecting from sway bar.
There is plenty more to look at, so keep reading for more information.
Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL’s interior.
The driver information screen offers a configurable display
This Rubicon model is fitted with the six-speed manual transmission and the two-speed transfer case. Jeep will offer a 4WD system with an auto mode in addition to the standard 2WD, 4WD high, neutral, and 4WD low positions. Jeep hasn’t said if this 4WD Auto system is available on the Rubicon, but it’s clear it does not come standard.
Looking at the gauge cluster, we see the driver information screen offers a configurable display which includes roll and pitch diagrams, digital gauges for the fuel level and coolant temperature, a digital speedometer, a comprehensive trip computer, and a digital readout for the transfer case gear position. That last item gets its own display nestled within the tachometer. Other handy features include a 12-volt power plug and several USB ports and an AUX input jack under the “media” cover.
The photo also shows the Rubicon model will come with Automatic Start/Stop on its engine. Again, Jeep hasn’t specified what engine(s) will be offered in this hard-core, off-road trim level, or whether the Star/Stop system will be standard across the engine lineup. As a refresher, the Wrangler will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Transmission choices include the six-speed manual and the ZF eight-speed automatic.
Fit and finish are vastly improved, not that it was hard to improve over the outgoing Wrangler JK
On the cosmetic front, it appears the colored dash accent will match the body color, however, we’ve seen photos surfacing showing that’s not always the case. It seems Jeep will let you customize the color scheme nearly any way you’d want. Fit and finish are vastly improved, not that it was hard to improve over the outgoing Wrangler JK. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and accented with contrast stitching and satin chrome. The contrast stitching continues onto the dash, center console, shifter boots, and seats. And those shift knobs look milled from a solid piece of billet aluminum and capped with leather. That’s probably not the case, but the look sure is impressive.
The front passenger gets a grab handle with WRANGLER spelled out. There is a small storage shelf on the top-center section of the dash. Other leaked images we’ve seen around the web show the Wrangler unlimited will have HVAC vents for its rear passengers.
And like on later models of the Wrangler JK, Jeep should include all the necessary tools needed to remove the doors, windshield, and tops.
Other notable “Jeep” features include that easy-fold windshield and stationary A-pillars with grab handles. The doors are also easily removable, just as before. An interesting Easter egg can be seen on the door hinge. It says “T-50” with an arrow pointing at the Torx-head bolt that secures the door pin to the body-mounted hinges. And like on later models of the Wrangler JK, Jeep should include all the necessary tools needed to remove the doors, windshield, and tops.
Needless to say, we’re excited to finally see the 2018 Wrangler’s dash. It’s been a long time coming and yet there’s still information we’re waiting on. Thankfully, Jeep should release all the nitty-gritty details on November 29 at the L.A. Auto Show, so stick around for that.
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