Jeep has just revealed the seventh generation Wrangler at the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS), and with it comes full details of the new off-road machine.
With a bigger wheelbase, the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is bigger overall, and will come in three flavours for the two door – Sport, Overland, and Rubicon – while the four-door Unlimited comes in Sport, Sport S, Sahara or Rubicon.
Three engines are on offer, as we heard previously – a revised 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder, and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel four.
Both eight speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions are on offer.
Retaining the body on frame construction of its predecessor, the Wrangler has no panels in common with the outgoing car.
The platform is 60mm longer for the four-door model, while the two door gains a 35mm increase in length to accomodate the larger automatic.
Rubicon versions, which have the ability to be fitted with 33-inch tyres have both higher fenders and narrower bumper, and there is an optional, removable steel bumper and Rubicon-specific vented bonnet for better airflow at lower speeds off-road.
The rear spare tyre is now mounted lower but has a reversing camera mounted in the centre.
In higher specced models, the head- and tail-lights can now have LED systems as well as DRLs.
Six new wheel designs in 17-inch or 18-inch are available, while the soft top has done away with zips, instead running with latches for the side panels.
Don’t worry, you can still remove the doors with just two bolts, the roof can be removed and the windscreen still folds down.
Inside, there’s proper metal plating, but there are four blanks auxiliary switches that your local 4WD shop can hook up to accessories.
The instruments and infotainment system come different sizes depending on the car, with 3.5- to 7-inches for the instrumentation and 5.0, 7.0 or 8.4-inches for the the uConnect system. USB points are plentiful, too.
Off-road ability is a priority, clearly, which is why the new Wrangler is between 45 and 91kg lighter depending on the model.
The new Wrangler has an approach angle of 44 degrees, break-over angle of 27.8 degrees, departure angle of 37 degrees and a ground clearance of 276.8mm.
The turning circle is 0.15m shorter and it will wade up to 762mm of water. Underneath, the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan are protected by four skid plates and bars on all models.
The Rubicon is the exception which gets heavy-gauge tubular-steel rock rails.
In the North American markets, the Command-Trac 4×4 system has a 2.72:1 crawl ratio on Sport and Overland models, while the Rock-Trac system its 4LO ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok differentials are offered standard on Rubicons.
International markets get a Selec-Trac has a full-time two-speed transfer case that gets low range and axle ratio as the Rock-Trac system.
Once we have pricing and more details, we’ll keep you up to date.