After years of anticipation, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been officially revealed. And while every redesign is important for an automaker, FCA has a lot riding on the latest version of the venerable Jeep. Because it’s not just another vehicle, it’s an iconic piece of American history, and the fan base is some of most loyal—and vocal—in the automotive world. Fortunately, it looks like the engineers at Ma Mopar hit it out of the park.
One thing off-road enthusiasts have long desired is a diesel version, and for 2018, Jeep delivered. Buyers can now opt for a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, which pumps out 260 horsepower and a trail-conquering 442 pound-feet of torque. That’s sure to please plenty of weekend warriors, because unlike a lot of SUVs and crossovers, Jeep owners are known for testing their vehicle’s off-road chops, and that extra twist is sure to help when the going gets tough.
For the time being, the oil burner will only be available four-door models, but if it proves to be a hot seller, we can see Jeep making it available on two-door versions as well. After all, this is the company that’s been busy dropping its bonkers Hellcat engine into multiple models, and this is a far less insane proposition. So if a business case can be made, we think it’ll happen.
Along with the diesel, the well-received 3.0-liter Penastar V-6—which makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque—will remain an option, and for the first time, there will also be a turbocharged engine available right from the factory. The force-fed 2.0-liter is specced at 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and should provide some fun tuning potential for the do-it-yourself gearhead set.
When you’re driving on trails, the ability to squeeze through tight spaces is a life-saver, so overall dimensions haven’t changed dramatically, as the two-door is just 2.8 inches longer, and the four door comes in at just under four inches longer. Approach and departure angles have been improved, however, making the latest Jeep even more formidable than its predecessor. If you speak off-road, you know that a 44-degree approach and 37-degree decent is serious stuff!
Like the classic Jeeps of yore, the windshield will be able to fold down, and the doors will pop off, but there will also be a power-folding soft top available. And don’t even get us started on how cool the latest dash looks! That said? Jeeps are basically Tonka toys for grown ups, so if you’re in the market for one of these burly babies, head down to your local AutoNation Jeep dealer to explore all the ways you can configure your new ride!