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Fast Breakdown of 2018 Jeep Wrangler Transmisison and Driveline

Fast Breakdown of 2018 Jeep Wrangler Transmisison and Driveline

The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL comes loaded with big updates – the most important of which happen under the steel and aluminum skin. The familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 returns mostly unchanged, but with an auto stop/start system. The big news, however, is the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the new eight-speed automatic, and the availability of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 in 2019. There’s also a new Auto4WD system available and strong Dana axles.

Staring with the 2.0-liter, it makes an impressive 270 horsepower and out-grunts the V-6 by 35 pound-feet of torque with a whopping 295 pound-feet. Some of that low-end twist comes via the new belt-starter-generator that helps turn the crankshaft at lower revs. Sadly, Jeep won’t let you pair the engine with the manual transmission. You can read our more detailed breakdown of the engine here.

As for the V-6, its specs remain unchanged at 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It can be mated to either the new six-speed manual or the new ZF eight-speed automatic. For the 2019 model year, the well-loved 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 will finally make its appearance in the Wrangler, though only in the four-door model and with the eight-speed auto. Power is improved, too, at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Expect this to be the fuel economy leader.

Three transfer cases are available: the standard Command-Trac, the Rubicon’s Rock-Trac, and the new Selec-Trac offered, which is optional on the Sahara trim. Unlike the other two, the Selec-Trac can operate as a full-time 4WD system. Just select “Auto4WD” and the T-case will automatically send power to the front wheels when traction out back becomes an issue. The Rubicon’s Rock-Trac T-case has its crawl ratio bumped from 73:1 to 84:1, making it even better at low-speed crawling.

Lastly, the new Dana axles are stronger than before despite their same names. The Sport and Sahara trims come with a new Dana 30 front and Dana 35 rear axle. Final drive ratios include 3.45 and the optional 3.73. The Rubicon get the new Dana 44 both front and rear and comes only with the beefy 4.10 ratio. The suspension remains familiar, though improvements were made. Both use multi-link arms and coil springs, though the rear axle’s shock absorbers are now mounted outboard of the fully boxed frame rails for better roll control in corners. The wheelbase is also lengthened slightly for better on-road comfort and off-road stability.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Can Tow as Much as 3,500 Pounds

2018 Jeep Wrangler Can Tow as Much as 3,500 Pounds

And that’s true for the 3.6-liter V-6 and 2.0-liter turbo-four

The Jeep Wrangler is basically the embodiment of a sport utility vehicle. After all, it did invent the category way back in 1941. Today, most SUVs are truck-based family haulers that don’t mind big loads on their trailer hitches. Crossovers, on the other hand, are generally limited in their towing capacities, with a few notable exceptions The Wrangler is a different beast altogether. Despite its body-on-frame construction, its off-road-biased suspension and relatively small footprint leave it with a compromised tow rating compared to say a mid-size pickup like the Chevrolet Colorado. Still, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler provides adequate towing capabilities for most active users.

The two-door Wrangler can tow up to 2,000 pounds via its optional two-inch receiver hitch. That’s the case with both the standard 3.6-liter V-6 and the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The longer, four-door Wrangler Unlimited has an increased tow rating of 3,500 pounds thanks to a heavier curb weight and its longer wheelbase. Again, both engines will do the job. The same is true for the manual and automatic transmissions.

Sadly, we don’t expect the 2019 Wrangler Unlimited with its optional 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 to boast any towing increases, either. It all comes down to what the chassis and suspension will handle. Thankfully, the upcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup will have an improved tow rating rumored at 6,500 pounds.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler 2.0-liter Turbo Specifications

2018 Jeep Wrangler 2.0-liter Turbo Specifications

The Wrangler goes hybrid – but it’s not what you think

Those new to the Jeep brand might gawk at a four-cylinder Wrangler, but the Jeep has a strong history with this cylinder count. In fact, the first Jeep, the 1941 Willys MB, came with a four-cylinder. Four-cylinders were offered through the years, with the most recent being in the 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ. In fact, the outgoing Wrangler JK is the only Wrangler/CJ not available with one. That makes the return of a four-cylinder sort of a retro move. Even the engine’s name (Hurricane) is a throwback to older days

The new engine shares nothing with the old Hurricane, of course. It’s a member of FCA’s Global Medium Engine family and is loosely related to Alfa Romeo’s 2.0-liter found in Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. In the Wrangler, the Hurricane makes an impressive 270 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at only 3,000 rpm. That torque number actually beats the output of the 3.6-liter V-6 by 35 pound-feet! Better still, the Hurricane makes its power lower in the rev range, likely making it a better choice for serious off-roading. Horsepower-wise, the Hurricane only gives up 15 ponies to the V-6.

The natural trade-off is fuel economy. Neither Jeep nor the EPA have announced official numbers, but expect to see upper 20s on the highway, lower 20s around town, and a combined mpg of around 25.

The Hurricane’s secret is its mild hybrid system. The engine uses a belt-starter-generator to help twist the engine’s crankshaft at lower revs. The system is also designed to provide better auto stop/start performance while also improving low-end throttle response before the turbo spools up.

Impressively, the turbo-four loses no ground in the towing department to the V-6. Jeep says the two-door Wrangler will tow 2,000 pounds and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited will lug 3,500 pounds – regardless of engine choice. Sadly for manual transmission fans, the Hurricane is only offered with the new eight-speed automatic.

The Hurricane will be available in all trim levels from the base Sport, to the luxury-minded Sahara, and even the rugged Rubicon. Pricing has not been announced, but the Hurricane will be an option over the standard 3.6-liter V-6.

Continue reading for detailed specs on the 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 Specifications

2018 Jeep Wrangler 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 Specifications

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL can certainly be described as “all-new,” but the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is largely carry-over from the outgoing Wrangler JK. Still, it’s got a new fuel-saving feature: Auto Start/Stop. The system automatically turns the engine off when stopped at traffic lights or other similar driving scenarios. Like other start/stop systems, the engine restarts automatically when the brake pedal is released, giving the engine time to rev back to idle before the driver has time to press the throttle. The result is less overall fuel consumption.

As for the rest of the Pentastar, the engine retains its 60-degree V shape; its aluminum, deep-skirt block; aluminum alloy heads; its chain-driven, dual-overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder; its 11.3:1 compression ratio; and its multiport fuel injection. The horsepower and torque specs also remain unchanged at 285 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm.

The V-6 can be paired with both the six-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed automatic – both of which are new to the Wrangler for 2018. Towing remains the same, too. The Wrangler two-door can pull 2,000 pounds while the Wrangler Unlimited, the four-door model, will pull 3,500 pounds.

As for that all-important fuel economy, Jeep says the V-6 will get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined with the automatic transmission and 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined with the manual gearbox. That’s a marked improvement over the 16/20 mpg with the manual-equipped JK and 16/21 mpg with the JK’s old five-speed automatic.

Continue reading for detailed specs of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

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The New Jeep Wrangler JL Has Made its L.A. Debut!!!!

The New Jeep Wrangler JL Has Made its L.A. Debut!!!!

It’s oh so sexy

It’s been a long time coming, but the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is finally here. It debuted in all of its two-door and four-door glory, sporting three different engines, two transmissions (including a new eight-speed auto,) fresh interior design with a new Uconnect infotainment system, body-on-frame design, and more than 75 available safety and security offerings. There’s already a host of performance parts from Mopar available and, with four different trims available (three for the two-door plus the Sahara trim on four-door models) there’s definitely an option for anyone with a hankering for a new off-road but road-capable machine.

According to Jeep, all models include a trail-rated badge due to the outstanding four-wheel drive system that includes a 2.72:1 crawl ratio on Sport and Sahara models, a 4LO ratio of 4:1 and locking differentials on Rubicon models, and the ability to ford up to 30-inches of water when properly equipped. Furthermore, the new JL Wrangler can haul as much as 3,500 pounds and can be had with 17-inch off-road wheels. Rubicon models get 33-inch tires as standard equipment while all models get a standard approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 27.8 degrees, departure angle of 37 degrees, and a minimum ground clearance of 10.9 inches.

When equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar, the Wrangler will offer 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The new 2.0-liter, hybridized, four-cylinder offers as much as 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and – for those of you who really want some serious torque – the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 will deliver 260 horsepower and an astonishing 442 pound-feet of torque on demand. That new eight-speed auto offers up decent economy and simple stop-and-go driving and can be equipped on any model. Real Jeep fanatics will surely go for the three-pedal-and-six-gears standard offering with a revised shift pattern, shorter throws, and a 4.41 ratio for better efficiency, higher speeds, and quick acceleration. All told it’s not bad, but we’ll let you decide for yourself once we update our full review. Until then, you can check out the debut video below, and check out the important specs below along with the full press release at the bottom.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Sheds Some Weight; Gains Capability

2018 Jeep Wrangler Sheds Some Weight; Gains Capability

The new generation Wrangler is the best Wrangler

It’s hard to improve on an icon; people simply expect too much. Yet somehow, Jeep has accomplished the impossible with the all-new 2018 Wrangler JL. Every nut and bolt has been improved for better on-road comfort, off-road performance, and even fuel economy. Much of this is credited to the 200-pound weight reduction thanks to aluminum doors, hood, windshield frame, and tailgate. The diet combines with Jeep’s new hybridized 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four and an eight-speed automatic for the best fuel economy ever in a Wrangler. Even the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 returns with fuel-sipping improvements. But those chasing the ultimate fuel efficiency will love the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 coming in 2019.

Want to know more? Keep reading for details

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Watch Live: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Debut

Watch Live: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Debut

The wait is finally over!

We’ve been speculating, reporting, and fantasizing about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL for more than two years. Thankfully, the wait is finally over as Jeep will debut the new SUV at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show. For those not there in person, we’ve got a live stream video for your viewing pleasure. Tune in as Jeep brass give away all the details and talk about how the new Wrangler came to be.

The event starts at 3:50 pm Eastern.

Until then, read our initial coverage of the 2018 Wrangler on our homepage, TopSpeed.com.

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Jeep Drops Official Images of 2018 Wrangler Interior

Jeep Drops Official Images of 2018 Wrangler Interior

Vast improvements in every detail

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.

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Mopar Floods SEMA With 200+ Parts For The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Mopar Floods SEMA With 200+ Parts For The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

FCA wants a piece of the Wrangler’s aftermarket pie.

Anybody not living under a rock knows Jeep Wrangler owners love customizing their rigs. The aftermarket industry for the Jeep has exploded in the last decade and Jeep has made moves to finally get into the action. But now Jeep is getting ahead of the curve with its new 2018 Wrangler JL by offering more than 200 parts and accessories right from the start, long before third-party aftermarket companies can even begin developing items for the all-new off-roader. Under the Mopar brand, Jeep and its Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) division have teased these accessories at the 2017 SEMA Show.

Of course, SEMA is the natural place to debut parts and accessories. But, in order to debut these new Mopar and JPP parts, Jeep needed to show the actual 2018 Wrangler. That’s why Jeep did a soft launch on Halloween with only three photos of its new model. As for the parts and accessories, they range from graphics to lift kits and everything in between. And, because of the 2018 Wrangler’s new roll bar design, Jeep can now offer a range of roof racks. The list also includes off-roading items like a Warn recovery winch, rock sliders, and beadlock wheels. There is plenty of others, so keep reading for everything Jeep has announced so far.

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This Is It! The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

This Is It! The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Jeep releases photos of next-gen Wrangler ahead of L.A. debut

The wait is finally over! Jeep has released photos of the next-generation Wrangler. Unfortunately, Jeep only dropped three photos with zero information, but the soft debut confirms much of the speculation, rumors, and spy shots we’ve been pouring over the last year. Yes, the 2018 Wrangler JL’s windshield folds down. Yes, the doors come off. And Yes, the top is removable. Yet beyond these carryover features that have come to define the Wrangler, this new Jeep is heavily updated in all the right ways.

Every square inch of the Wrangler has been reworked; from the new grille to the new taillights, the Wrangler JL is wholly different from the outgoing Wrangler JK. The four-door Sahara model wears a new bumper design with chrome around the fog lights, the new LED headlights, and those fender-mounted daytime running lights and turn signals. The front fender has that much-debated heat extractor. The two-door Rubicon comes with a vented hood, too. The doors now have a strong beltline under the windows, as well. Overall, the Jeep’s exterior is completely new, yet still instantly recognizable.

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

You won’t believe what sports car it keeps up with!

The 840-horspower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon stole the show at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk certainly garnered a ton of attention. The highly anticipated an long-rumored Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is everything we hoped for and more, including that 707-horspower 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8, beefed-up TorqFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and reinforced full-time 4WD system. The Jeep even gets the Demon’s Torque Reserve system, helping launch five-passenger SUV to 60 mph in an astonishing 3.5 seconds!

Yeah, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk isn’t the most practical vehicle debuting at New York this year, but it’s by far the most practical Hellcat ever produced. Sure, the Charger Hellcat is a usable sedan with little draw-backs, but the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers 68.3 cubic feet of cargo volume and a respectable 7,200 pounds of towing capacity. Not to mention, this Jeep will likely do well in wintertime conditions with a set of proper tires, especially since its drive modes include a setting for snow.

Jeep engineers didn’t just shoehorn a Hellcat V-8 under the hood of an ordinary Grand Cherokee, however. The Trackhawk is heavily modified, sharing nearly no common powertrain parts with the standard Grand Cherokees. Even the 6.4-liter V-8-powered Grand Cherokee SRT version comes with less whiz-bang engineering.

Update 08/08/2017: Jeep has announced pricing for the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It will start at $86,995, including the destination fee. Read more in the Pricing section below.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler To Debut At LA Auto Show

2018 Jeep Wrangler To Debut At LA Auto Show

Jeep boss Mike Manley spills the details

The upcoming and highly anticipated 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. That’s the official word from Jeep CEO Mike Manley, originating from an interview with Auto Express. What’s more, Manley confirmed the Wrangler will have a hybrid powertrain option, the details of which will be announced before the end of 2017. Thankfully, the Wrangler will still have the rugged looks and off-road capability of the current Wrangler JK we’ve come to love, but with healthy updates to both styling details and interior NVH.

“It’s definitely going to move the game along but you will absolutely know it’s a Wrangler – for sure! If we did anything that departed from the Wrangler formula I don’t think I’d be able to get out of the States,” said Manley, a native of Great Britain. It’s clear the next-generation Wrangler will have a familiar shape thanks to numerous spy shots of prototype vehicles seen scurrying around Detroit. However, improvements to the Wrangler’s everyday livability will be a welcomed addition. “You’ll be really surprised how far we’ve been able to move things in terms of capability, fuel economy, ride comfort, noise and all of those things, said Mike Manley. “I’m very pleased with where it is.”

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