There aren’t many vehicles — at any price point — which can go toe-toe with a Jeep when the pavement ends. And now we have some more details on what we can expect when the 2018 Jeep Wrangler arrives at your local AutoNation dealer.
Folks who’ve been following the development know that the forthcoming redesign is going to be the biggest overhaul the venerable platform has ever seen. And that’s a good thing. As we’ve mentioned in a previous post, the top-of-the-line engine will be a turbocharged four-cylinder good for a trail-conquering 368 horsepower. And while it likely won’t be available until 2019, a diesel engine is also on the menu — which is something the Jeep faithful have been wanting for years. In recent news, our friends over at JL Wrangler Forums have posted what appears to be a complete 2018 owner’s manual.
So if you’re looking for a little light reading, there are a few hundred pages of Jeep content ready for you to dig into over there. One of the details we’re most intrigued about is the power-sliding roof, which will be a first for the Jeep family. Speaking of roofs, the Just Enough Essential Parts crowd will be pleased to know they’ll still be able to remove the doors, and that the windshield will fold down on to the hood. Of course, even the most ardent Jeep defenders will acknowledge that the rugged 4x4s don’t have the best road manners, so the company is adding driver aids like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and rear parking assist for the new model year. There will also be a host of trail-focused systems which will report data like tilt angle, suspension articulation, and altitude.
We’ll get our first look at the 2018 Jeep Wrangler at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, so expect a full report soon after the debut.