The recent update about that we have managed to receive is that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is happening. We are still at least two years from this model actually hitting the streets but the newest announcement that came straight from the top of the Jeep states that the model is on its way. There are going to be some significant changes which are going to address the biggest issue the Wrangler has been having since eats early days.
Since the beginning, even a long time ago in WWII when the first Willys MBs were produced and all the way to the last and recent 2014 Jeep Wrangler, this model has had an issue wiht fuel efficiency. No matter what the design was the vehicle was always thirsty and consumed fuel like no other vehicle on the market. The modern advancements in technology that came in recent years which were used to help the vehicle did not do much in the end. The Wrangler has received electronic fuel injection, gone from using a five-speed gearbox to a six-speed one, added emission controls and various other things that could make the fuel consumption a little more sustainable. But in the end the car still has an EPA rating of 17 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway.
Despite the fact that the recent setup is actually not all bad, given the fact that two solid axles turning short ring gears, a flat windshield and knobby tires. But it appears that this issue has been understood and will be addressed with the announced 2018 model. At the latest press conference, the boss of Jeep made it clear that all future models are going to go through a staggering weight loss system that will use the weight reduction technology in order to enhance the fuel savings capability of the car, but at the same time retain and save the legendary off-road capability that this model has always been capable of doing.
There are two things that need to be considered for the future of the Wrangler. One is that the new CAFE standards are coming and are harshly judging every vehicle on the market which may also threaten for some older models to be discontinued as a last cause, but also the growing competition which has already gone through their issues and is ready to put out their own vehicle. Land Rover is the greats competition that Jeep has so they are carefully waiting inside their yard as well and considering what they are ready to come up with.
They have made it clear from Jeep that they are going to do everything which is humanly possible to get the Wrangler back on its feet and keep the legendary brand going. Their plans is to stay innovative and make sure that the car has a future and this is something which is going to be vital for the brand and something that will keep it going a while longer.
As many people wonder how would this feat of making the car fuel efficient yet retaining its capacity to be as off-road capable as it ever was. There are some people that think that we might end up with another 2014 JK Wrangler which did not managed to do what they initially promised. Jeep did not mentioned any specify about what is their big secret in making this possible but there have been some instigations that say it might be the fully independent suspension system which is going to be combined with extremely lightweight materials like aluminum and a great possibility if a diesel engine entering the mix as well. But whatever happens, we are looking forward to seeing a 2018 Jeep Wrangler that will not take too much of a tool on our wallets.
2018 Jeep Wrangler engine setup
There have been a number of rumors regarding the engine that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is going to utilize and a lot of those news were aimed at making a diesel variant available. Although this is an option it is still not a confirmed one. We are waiting for the news to be released about this but will most likely receive it when the release dates nears. The current model still uses the 3.6-liter Pentastar option which is a good one but could do with a little bit of improvement on its part. Some solutions might be downsizing and turbocharging or even adding direct injection to the current powerplant to make it more efficient.
2018 Jeep Wrangler design news
The best information that concerns the design of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is that they are going to keep it true to itself. It is going to use its own underpinnings and there are not going to be borrowed from any sort of a crossover coming from Europe. They are keeping this one as American it can get. We get the same type of an American off-roader with drain plugs in the floor and removable doors as all of the hard core fans are used to.
Aluminum body panels are certainly going to be used in order to reduce the weight of the vehicle. This especially makes a lot more sense now when this has already been tested and proved to be successful on a mass-market vehicle as the 2015 Ford F-150 is the perfect example. Dumping the steel body can reduce up to 700 pounds for the Wrangler and is just what the designers from jeep are looking for.
An independent suspension system is also something that is going to be used as well. This sort of a setup is very known for being able to reduce weight over solid axels and it also allows for a smoother and a controlled ride which is going to be necessary if the car plans to do the things that they have announced it would.
Price and release date
So far there are not many information to go on about the price and release date of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. We are still two years away from the car making it to the market so any further prediction is not known at this point, but we feel happy to know that the vehicle is going to be made and the confirmation on its production is already made. The same goes for the price as a light is going to be shun on this when the release date gets closer.