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Both The Excitement and Skepticism of The New 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The much anticipated new Jeep Wrangler is getting some changes for 2018 as well as a new badge identity. Now dubbed the JL this new Wrangler will include new designs both inside and out. And this Jeeper is more skeptical than excited.


The 2018 model will be the first Jeep Wrangler under new ownership of parent company Fiat and the buzz in my ear is that I am not the only one feeling a bit trepidatious. Jeep owners are a fickle bunch and not necessarily accepting of change when it comes to their beloved Jeep. Oh sure, half of them are ready for a diesel engine because who wouldn't want more torque (insert Tim Allen grunt). But other changes? Well that is a different story.

Pictures of the new Jeep flagship have been leaked online all year with car magazines and websites trying to outdo one another with who has scooped the first or best picture of the changes slotted on the new JL. A small indentation on the front fenders aft of the wheels, turn signals moving to the fenders, or a shorter more bulbous grill have peaked interest in Jeepers all around.

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Some of these are interesting tweaks to the design, but don't necessarily raise concern. However, looking at the pictures it appears the new windshield will be flatter as well as have a greater rake angle. I for one, am not real sure how I feel about this without getting behind the steering wheel but it raises concerns with me in regards to the depth of the dashboard, closeness to the windshield for increased vision while off-roading, especially when climbing over obstacles. Though, this too can be considered minor in the grand scheme of changes to the Jeep with the exception of aesthetics.

What's under the hood of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler?

I know a few Jeepers who have wondered about this very subject. What are they going to change? Will they keep the tried and tested Pentastar V6 couple with the six speed transmission? Well the answer to that question is, sort of. Fiat is going to be offering different engine choices and one will be the Pentastar. The other is a turbocharged 2 liter that will put out approximately 300 horsepower. And yes you read that correct. I did say "the other." So where is the diesel you ask? Well the answer is, "still not here yet." Ok Fiat, Jeep, Chrysler...what's the hold up? You offer the diesel in the Wrangler in foreign countries but not the country that founded it? The country where the majority of your sales come from,? What gives? Have you not been listening to the owners or the masses? Or did you think a four cylinder 2.0L would appease us? A recent article I read stated there is a chance that a diesel could be in the future but before that happens Jeep would introduce a hybrid version.

Hybrid Jeep Wrangler

Hybrid? Seriously? IT'S A JEEP!!! Ok, there are probably a few people out there that want this. A few. Like maybe three or four at the most. LOL. But seriously, if you are buying a Jeep it is not for the economy. It's because of what you can do with it. Which leads me to my next point.

I think the biggest question on the minds of Jeepers is, "Will I be able to modify it?"

When I look at a stock Jeep the first thing that starts going through my mind is lift kit, new wheels, bigger tires, bumpers, winch, etc. That and taking the top and doors off. Rumor has it Fiat has left the external hinges on so the doors do look to be removable. At least the look that way. The top, pictures have shown the new JL mules with both hard and soft top versions. But the rumors about the hard top and it's functionality are wide spread. Freedom tops? A removable second row?

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It all remains to be seen. But don't look for it any time soon like most new models of vehicles that come out several months before the new year. Fiat Chrysler Jeep is holding on to this one for a reveal in November and projected to hit the streets in January of 2018.

Until then, I anticipate its arrival with excitement and skepticism.


TristarAcme (not verified)    October 6, 2017 - 7:47AM

A few? I know from 6 people, without even asking, that they looking forward to the Hybrid Wrangler.
Jeepers love the nature. We want to protect the trails for our kids. Get over it. Hybrid is the near future. E is the not-so-far.

C.B. (not verified)    October 6, 2017 - 11:54AM

In reply to by TristarAcme (not verified)

Get over it? Ok, first off, protecting the trails has very little to do with the power plant in a Jeep and everything to do with the driver tearing things up. Second, of course Jeepers love nature. And third...Dude, you don't even know me. Wait, get over it? Hybrid and E are the future? So if I get over it does that mean I have to sell my Tesla Model S? Excuse me, E is the future. Hybrid is just a small stepping stone. I've been saying for several months since the purchase of my Tesla that it would be cool to have an electric version of a Jeep. BUT, it would also be impractical at this time with current range batteries and no charging facilities in the wild. Oh, and those friends of yours who want a hybrid Jeep, non-Jeeper pavement princesses. =)

A.C. (not verified)    October 10, 2017 - 2:30AM

In reply to by C.B. (not verified)

"Oh, and those friends of yours who want a hybrid Jeep, non-Jeeper pavement princesses. =)"

Did you really have to end your tirade sounding like a douche? Sometimes you Jeep "enthusiasts" come off as snarky. Chill out.

Pete (not verified)    November 13, 2017 - 6:01PM

In reply to by C.B. (not verified)

E? Sure, plug it in, to what?
Two days in the swamps or mountains?
Can I weld on it? To fix a cracked drive shaft or frame?
True Jeepers, are looking for torque or low and slow...
Low Gear or Low Low, Granny Low, will easily suck the juice from any E or Hybrid...
Give me something built like a military 6x6, but in a JEEP..

Joe (not verified)    October 18, 2017 - 12:44AM

In reply to by TristarAcme (not verified)

Its well established that electric cars do more damage to the environment than gas engines. Where do you think the energy comes from to charge those batteries? Coal in most cases. Also what do you think the effects will be on the environment from all those old car batteries? Then there’s the destructive manufacturing processes used to create electric cars. They have loads of rare earth metals which come from extremely environmentally destructive mines. Right now there’s absolutely no benefit to buying a hybrid car. Even the gas mileage argument is dubious when you factor in purchase and maintaining costs.