2018 Jeep Wrangler preview

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Jeep on Wednesday unveiled the redesigned 2018 Wrangler at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

There’s no mistaking the new off-roader, known to fans as the JL series, for anything other than a Wrangler. However, there are also modern touches such as the LED lights and more aerodynamically shaped grille. The vehicle also has plenty of tech thrown in for good measure.

Jeep is calling the 2018 Wrangler the most capable yet. The unmatched capability is thanks to Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, next-generation Dana axles, new Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential and 33-inch off-road tires. Jeep boasts of 30-inch water fording and 3,500-pound towing.

Thanks to aluminum in its construction, for example in the doors, hinges, hood, fenders and windshield frame, Jeep engineers managed to get weight of the 2018 Wrangler down by 200 pounds compared to the outgoing JK series. The lower weight helps boost fuel economy more than 10 percent, Jeep says.

Also helping fuel economy are some new engines. Due for the 2019 model year will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 diesel. The 2018 Wrangler will be available exclusively with the outgoing model’s 3.0-liter V-6.

All engines are driven by 8-speed automatic transmissions, with the base V-6 paired to a 6-speed manual as standard.

Production of the 2018 Wrangler is taking place at FCA’s plant in Toledo, Ohio. However, instead of using the Toledo South plant where the outgoing Wrangler is built, the new Wrangler will be produced at the Toledo North plant due to its extra capacity. FCA will eventually use the Toledo South plant for a Wrangler-based pickup that could go by the name Scrambler. The pickup is expected to enter production in late 2019.

Sales of the 2018 Wrangler commence in January. The 2-door model is available in three different trim configurations: Sport, Sport S and Rubicon. Wrangler 4-door models are available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon.

For more on the Jeep Wrangler, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection. And for more from the L.A. Auto Show, head to our dedicated hub.

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