• The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show

Jeep investing big time into the aftermarket parts segment

Everyone knows Jeep Wranglers are extremely customizable and a vast majority of Jeep owners have done at least one upgrade or added some type of aftermarket part to their Wrangler. Jeep knows this and has really ramped up its offerings for the all-new 2018 model. The parts are hosted under the relatively new Jeep Performance Parts and the iconic Mopar brands. They will be available directly through local Jeep dealerships once the 2018 Wrangler reaches showrooms.

In an effort to demonstrate the vastness of Mopar and JPP’s parts lineup, Jeep brought two highly customized 2018 Wranglers to the L.A. Auto Show, debuting along size the production Wrangler. The four-door model is an all-out off-roader based on the Rubicon, while the two-door is a bit milder and based on the Sport. Both show the range of possibilities owners will have.

Continue reading for a detailed look at both Mopar-modified Wranglers.

Mopar-modified four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show
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Up front, the stock Rubicon steel bumper features a Warn winch and low-rise grille guard with LED light pods

Jeep started this concept build with a production 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon coated in Mojito Green. A two-inch suspension lift and 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires on Mopar’s 17-inch aluminum Beadlock wheels. Up front, the stock Rubicon steel bumper features a Warn winch and low-rise grille guard with LED light pods. For the first time, Mopar is now offering an engine snorkel. It raises the air intake point so no water gets into the engine during deep crossings.

Protecting the rocker panels is Mopar’s upgraded rock sliders. They are wider than before and now have a truck-bed coating for better grip when climbing in and out. Speaking of getting in, Mopar tube doors keep passengers in while giving that open-air feel. The front doors also have mounts for side mirrors – since mirrors are a legal requirement in most states.

Inside, the Wrangler’s standard Molle straps on the seatbacks provide mounting points for tons of accessories. Here, Mopar included trail bags for extra storage. Roll bar-mounted grab handles help with entry and for those harrowing, butt-puckering off-road moments. Katzkin leather seat covers have Tungsten stitching and boast the Jeep grille emblem. And since the Wrangler is meant to be used and abused, a screen protector offers protection for the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen.

Mopar-modified 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport

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This Wrangler Sport concept is way more realistic as to what most Jeep owners would be doing, though it’s hardly a bare-bones rig

This Wrangler Sport concept is way more realistic as to what most Jeep owners would be doing, though it’s hardly a bare-bones rig. The biggest upgrades are the two-inch suspension lift and 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires on Mopar’s 17-inch “Gear” wheels.

Another useful feature includes the roof basket. It mounts to the new hard top’s gutter rail designed to just such accessories. Two-inch round side steps help with loading stuff up top while giving some protection to the body, but not nearly as much as the purpose-built rock sliders on the other Wrangler. Jeep also offers bicycle, ski, and snowboard racks.

The exterior is giving a cool graphics package with a Moab-themed design on the door and a stylized American flag on the hood. The grille is also blacked out for an added touch. LED light pods on the bumper and on the A-pillars help light the way. The interior is reworked with Katzkin leather seats featuring the seven-slot grille logo. Yeah, it’s clear Jeep is proud of its logo.

Ready for A-pillar Accessories

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show
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An interesting design feature baked into the new 2018 Wrangler is its A-pillar base. The exposed bolt heads offer a structural mounting point for accessories like the light pods seen here and whatever the aftermarket can dream up. Remove the bolts and the painted body panel is removable for access to more mounting points. Jeep definitely understands its customers use the A-pillars for adding extra equipment. Hopefully, those LED light pods don’t interfere with the fold-down windshield. Even so, some aftermarket company will develop a solution. That’s the beauty of the Wrangler and its fiercely loyal community.


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Press release

Mopar is showcasing a selection of its 200-plus product portfolio for the all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler with a pair of personalized vehicles on display during press days at the LA Auto Show. The FCA US display at the Los Angeles Convention Center includes a four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and a two-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport uniquely customized with a selection of Jeep Performance Parts and accessories from Mopar.

The Mopar brand’s new lineup for the all-new Jeep Wrangler, first teased in late October during the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, was created after more than 100,000 hours of development, validation and testing. Most of the 200-plus new Jeep Performance Parts and accessories from Mopar for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be available when the vehicle arrives in dealerships.

“The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most versatile and customized vehicles in the industry,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “A total of 98 percent of Jeep Wrangler vehicles are typically outfitted with at least one of our products. We worked with the Jeep brand, engineers and designers to create an exclusive line of parts and accessories that perfectly match the new Jeep Wrangler, delivering unique functionality, style and factory-backed quality. The two customized vehicles at LA showcase our new product portfolio and empower owners to personalize the new Jeep Wrangler for extreme off-roading or for all-purpose lifestyle adventures.”

Mopar-modified four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
An array of new Jeep Performance Parts and accessories pulled from the Mopar brand’s menu enhances the already legendary off-road capability of the four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

A set of 2-inch-round steel tube doors adds to the open-air freedom of the all-new Wrangler. The four-door’s eye-catching Mojito Green exterior, a production option, is protected by new Jeep Performance Parts rock rails that are thicker and wider than previous offerings and augmented with a new, grippier coating similar to that used on Ram Truck bedliners.

The production Rubicon front “Stubby” bumper assembly defends the Mopar satin black keystone-shaped grille from trail obstacles and features a water-resistant Mopar Warn winch kit with die cast construction and includes synthetic rope, a wired remote control and hawse fairlead.

The 2-inch lift kit raises the Rubicon for off-road clearance and works in conjunction with production high-top fender flares. BFGoodrich KM2 35-inch tires wrap around new Jeep Performance Parts beadlock-equipped 17-inch aluminum wheels that feature a 12 mm offset to accommodate oversize tires and help tackle off-road conditions.

New LED off-road lights, available in 5- and 7-inch applications, pump out a maximum of 8,000 lumens, putting commercial and military grade illumination into the hands of hard-core off-roaders. The off-road lights mount to the frame rails or windshield via new Jeep Performance Parts off-road light brackets. A new auxiliary switch bank, standard on the Rubicon and an available option for other trim levels, features its own power distribution center and offers an organized central area for operating accessories such as the off-road lights, winch and other electrical-powered items.

A Jeep Performance Parts snorkel embellished with the all-new Jeep Performance Parts badge attaches using a hood cutout kit and works in concert with a Mopar cold-air intake to feed cool air to the 3.6-liter engine and keep water out during deep-water crossings. The all-new Jeep Performance Parts badge is also a unique Mopar accessory that can be applied to toolboxes, Jeep exteriors and more.

The new spare tire tailgate hinge reinforcement is also stamped with the all-new Jeep Performance Parts badge and provides a rock-solid foundation for a spare tire carrier that mounts to the tailgate with strength enough to handle 37-inch tires. The new Mopar Center High-Mount Stop Light (CHMSL) light relocation kit keeps the brake light visible when using the spare tire carrier, without interfering in use of the rearview camera.

Interior customizations include redesigned Mopar Roadside Assistance and First Aid kits. Molle bags on the rear seatbacks allow for extra storage and new Mopar grab handles are now hard-secured with fasteners to the sport bars, offering increased grip.

Durable, all-weather floor mats fit like a glove and feature a new topographic design inspired by the rugged Moab trails. An integrated plug allows accumulated water and debris captured in the high-walled mats to be drained without removal. Katzkin leather seats are embroidered with the distinctive Jeep grille logo in Tungsten stitching. A screen protector, another first-ever Mopar product, protects and even enhances visibility of the 8.4-inch Uconnect system display.

Mopar-modified 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport
Mopar accessories and Jeep Performance Parts work together to deliver go-anywhere, adventure-ready personality and fun utility for the two-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport.

The Mopar roof rack — the first-ever for a Wrangler vehicle — is mounted to the hardtop and is accessorized with a cargo carrier that is added for transport of gear and equipment to fit any active lifestyle. Bicycle, ski and snowboard carriers are also available options.

The newly redesigned Mopar hardtop headliner enhances and insulates the interior while providing a quieter ride. The exterior of the white Wrangler stands out with new American-flag-themed hood graphics and silhouette bodyside graphics that mirror the famed Moab trails.

BFGoodrich KO2 35-inch tires feature Mopar 17-inch “Gear” rims inspired by the shape and design of the all-new Jeep Performance Parts logo. Jeep Performance Parts tube steps and a 2-inch lift kit add off-road touches, and like its four-door counterpart, the two-door all-new Wrangler is also customized with the new spare tire tailgate hinge reinforcement, CHMSL light relocation kit and off-road LED lights.

A first-ever Mopar tailgate table that can be mounted with or without the new production Trailrail system conveniently flips out to create a utility space and beverage holder and folds up for storage. Katzkin leather seats are embroidered with the distinctive Jeep grille logo.

The black fuel door, new from Mopar, has been redesigned to incorporate styling cues of the all-new Wrangler. Mopar doorsill guards, grab handles and all-weather floormats round out the Mopar accessories

The Mopar line of Jeep Performance Parts and accessories for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be available for purchase when the Wrangler arrives in dealerships. For more information, visit www.Mopar.com/jpp.

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