Utah’s Moab desert is holy ground for Jeep. It’s the site of the annual Easter Jeep Safari, which the company uses as an opportunity to roll out killer concepts, and its rugged terrain — like the famous Hell’s Revenge trail — are the inspiration for the famous “Trail Rated” badge found on Jeeps.
The Moab Edition is based on the upscale Sahara model, but borrows some bits from the hardcore Rubicon, including the hood, beefy steel bumpers with removable end caps, and matte-black 17-inch wheels. Along with the prominent Moab graphics on the hood, the matte-black tow hooks and headlight surrounds help distinguish it from the rest of the Jeep lineup.
Rock rails come standard, but buyers can choose to swap those out for the Sahara’s side steps if they don’t see bouldering in their rig’s future. For the record? We think folks should leave them, as they’re functional and look tough. The Moab Edition will also sport LED headlights and taillights, so even in the middle of the desert, it’ll be easy to see and be seen.
The interior features leather seats with contrasting stitching, a leather-wrapped dash, and a nine-speaker Alpine stereo system paired to a 8.7-inch touchscreen running FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system. Even if you don’t live in a particularly cold climate, we’d recommend springing for the Cold Weather package, which along with a remote start, adds a heated steering wheel and seats.
Because if you haven’t driven around on a chilly night with the top off and the heated seats going? You’re missing out.
One option you won’t be able to select on the Moab Edition is a manual transmission, as they’ll all be equipped with an eight-speed automatic mated to Jeep’s 3.6-liter V6 engine. A two-speed transfer case and a limited-slip rear differential round out the rest of the greasy bits. For the exterior, buyers will be able to choose from Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Punk’n Metallic, Mojito!, Black, Bright White, Sting Gray, Ocean Blue Metallic and Firecracker Red.
At this point, there’s been no official word on pricing. So if you’re interested in the putting a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Moab in your garage, head down to your local AutoNation Jeep dealer and see about configuring yours today!