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PostHeaderIcon FCA Almost Debt Free; Aims to Overtake Ford in Earnings!

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is having a record year. Lead by CEO Sergio Marchionne, the automaker is set to pay off all its debts and bank a projected $4.9 billion in cash by the end of 2018. The solid financial footing will put FCA in a stronger place to compete against General Motors and Ford, perhaps even surpassing them in earnings.

Marchionne told analysts in a recent earnings teleconference that, “There’s a very strong likelihood that we will outperform Ford in terms of operating earnings in 2018. That’s something that if I told any of us in the room here that would’ve been doable five years ago, nobody would have believed it.”

FCA’s very positive standing is surprising considering Marchionne was practically begging General Motors for a merger, with CEO Mary Berra reportedly declining multiple offers. Now, Marchionne has completely dropped the idea, saying, “The necessity to find a partner, to try and guarantee our survival, going forward, is put to bed. I mean we’re done.”

The automaker’s success is pinned on its truck and SUV sales lead by the Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Jeep Wrangler. Sales forecasts only show growth, too, thanks to an all-new Wrangler for 2018, an all-new Ram 1500 for 2019, a refreshed Jeep Cherokee for 2019, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s new halo model, the Hellcat-powered 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Add to that Jeep’s upcoming Scrambler pickup, three-row Jeep Wagoneer, and the luxury-minded Grand Wagoneer.

Continue reading for more information.

Sunny Outlooks for FCA


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“Another factor in FCA’s recent financial fortune is growing profit margins, which rose from 7.1 to 8.0 percent over the last year”

Another factor in FCA’s recent financial fortune is growing profit margins, which rose from 7.1 to 8.0 percent over the last year. Comparatively, Ford’s profit margins have fallen from 8.5 to 6.8 percent in the same time. That further substantiates Marchionne’s claim of surpassing Ford in earnings.

“The 2018 forecast is an indication of what this machine can produce,” Marchionne said in the teleconference. “We’re going to run our business, and we are going to run hard.”

Adding fuel to the fire, President Trump’s recent U.S. Tax Code revamp is forecasted to help FCA by $1 billion in 2018.

Marchionne is expected to deliver FCA’s next four-year strategic plan in June of 2018, taking the company out to 2022. It’s very possible new vehicles will be announced then, too, so we’ll certainly be paying attention to that. We fully expect FCA to continue and further its reliance on crossovers, SUVs, and pickups as fuel prices stay low. Simultaneously, the automaker is working on fuel-saving systems like the mild hybrid systems found in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and 2019 Ram 1500.

References


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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


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Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500.


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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Seeing the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Through Aftermarket Eyes

Here at TopSpeed.com, we’ve covered the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL seven ways to Sunday. From the first spy shots to our driven review out in Arizona, we’ve seen it all. But there is always more to learn. Denis Wood over at TeraFlex Suspensions took a detailed look at the Wrangler’s greasy bits in a view not even Jeep engineers discussed at the press event.

Of course, Wood’s views are from an aftermarket company’s standpoint. TeraFlex develops, builds, and sells suspension lifts and all the ancillary parts people love to bolt to their Jeeps. TeraFlex knows Wranglers and it knows their weak points. The outgoing Wrangler JK was a fantastic vehicle, but it has some drawbacks. The exhaust crossed under the front driveshaft and the two would collide during extreme off-roading. The fuel system’s evaporation canister hung low on the Jeep’s underbelly and was an easy target for rocks or sticks. Both problem areas have been completely eliminated in the new Wrangler JL, along with dozens more.

Wood’s is an interesting perspective not many get to see. Add to that his silky smooth voice and fatherly demeanor that wouldn’t be misplaced on a national news broadcast program covering feel-good stories.


References

Jeep Wrangler.


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Driving the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL


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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

PostHeaderIcon Someone Swapped A V-10 Into A 2005 Jeep Wrangler!

The venerable Jeep Wrangler is no stranger to engine swaps. Folks have been shoving bigger engines behind its grille ever since the U.S. Military defeated the Axis powers in 1945. The small-block Chevrolet V-8 is the standard go-to engine, but small block Fords and even other Mopar engines are a common sight. But, it’s a certifiable rarity to see a Wrangler with the 8.3-liter V-10 from the Viper and 2004 – 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 SRT10.

Nevertheless, that’s exactly what’s for sale right now on eBay.

The project started with a low-mileage 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. That generation is known as the TJ, but since it’s a long-wheelbase Unlimited version, it’s called the LJ. So, this LJ with 22,500 miles had its 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder, four-speed automatic transmission, and two-speed transfer case removed and replaced with, well, “beefier” components. The transmission is now a 48RE automatic from a Ram heavy-duty and the T-case is a modified RockTrac unit from a Wrangler Rubicon. The front axle is a good ole Ford nine-inch, while the rear axle is a stout Dana 60. Both have 35-spline axle shafts.

The suspension is a long-arm kit from Superlift that accompanies by a one-inch body lift that helps with clearance of the big V-10 under the hood. A set of 20-inch six-spoke, Pro Comp wheels and 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ all-terrain tires hide Viper-sized front brakes and upgraded rear disc brakes.

Continue reading for more information on this Jeep Wrangler.


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“The 8.3-liter V-10 is in stock condition and makes roughly 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque”

Inside the Jeep, the stock seats were replaced with two-tone suede sport seats and the plastic center console swapped for a lockable, metal unit. Naturally, the stock radio is swapped for an aftermarket head unit. In back, the cargo area features a large steel drawl that is also lockable. A premium soft top is augmented by a full-length roof rack that’s removable. The steel bumpers are from Warn, as are the rock sliders below the doors. Finally, LED taillights finish off the exterior upgrades.

Of course, the big news is under the hood. The 8.3-liter V-10 is in stock condition and makes roughly 500 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque. That was enough to accelerate the 5,130-pound regular cab Dodge Ram SRT 10 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. With a lower curb weight, the LJ should finish the run in less time – perhaps around 4.5 seconds.


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“The eBay classified listing has this 2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ prices at $52,000 and is located in Chicago”

While this SRT10 Wrangler might outrun ever LJ, it won’t pass every gas station. The EPA estimated the Ram SRT10 to get 9.0 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway.

The eBay classified listing has this 2005 Jeep Wrangler LJ prices at $52,000 and is located in Chicago. That’s a lot of scratch for a 13-year-old Jeep, but it’s not every day when such a clean V-10-powered Wrangler comes up for sale. The 8.3-liter V-10 might not be the most economical or power-dense engine swap ever seen in a Wrangler, but it’s certainly outside conventionality. Let’s just say this Jeep would attract quite a crowd at the local Cars & Coffee or Jeep meet. For some, that might be worth the buy-in price.

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Read our full review on the 2007 Jeep Wrangler.

PostHeaderIcon Jeep Wrangler JL – First Look

The time has finally come; we’ve gotten a chance to spend quality time behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Jeep flew us out to the deserts of Arizona for our first view of the Wrangler since it debuted the week prior at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

We’ve coved the new Wrangler to death with nearly a dozen articles focused on various aspects of the Jeep, and most recently, our driving impressions, pricing information, and fuel economy. We can say the new Wrangler is wholly improved and in no way less capable off-road. In fact, Jeep designers and engineers worked tirelessly to retain (and in many areas improve) the Wrangler’s capabilities. So without further ado, here’s our take on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

Exterior


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While we’ve got a full review of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler already online, here’s our thoughts now that we’ve seen it in person.

It’s clear Jeep designers sweated the details on the new Wrangler. It might look too similar to the outgoing Wrangler JK in photos, but in person, the new JL has a completely different persona. Every body panel is different and that is very apparent the second you get close.

The grille and optional LED headlights go a long way in making the Wrangler JL feel modern. The LED turn signals and daytime running lights in the front fenders also contribute. The longer, flatter hood brings better proportionality to the Wrangler Unlimited’s profile, while the newly lowered beltline and character line under the windows make it appear less top heavy.


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“Around back, the new taillights and bumper are quickly identifiable against the older Wrangler JK”

Around back, the new taillights and bumper are quickly identifiable against the older Wrangler JK. The license plate was moved from the body to the bumper, as well, helping with aerodynamics. It also keeps the license plate from getting ripped off on the trail – a common occurrence with the JK. The tailgate’s hinges are now exposed rather than being covered in plastic and the spare tire is mounted lower for better visibility out of the rear window.

Other noticeable improvements are the new pull-style door handles. They are much easier to operate than the JK’s and even include passive entry. Push-button starting is standard across the board, too.

And speaking of aerodynamics, the Wrangler JL’s new shape is far better at managing air. Sport models have a new air dam that fits between the bumper and front fenders. Hard top models now have a mild spoiler lip above the rear window. The new windshield is slightly more raked but is still far more vertical than anything seen on a crossover or car. Only the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon can compete with the Wrangler’s tall windshield.


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Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 2-door 96.8 (2,460)
4-door 118.4 (3,008)
Overhang Front: 29.2 (741.6)
Rear: 40.8 (1,036.3)
Track Front: 62.9 (1,598)
Rear: 62.9 (1,598)
Overall Length (includes spare tire) 166.8 (4,237) – 2-door
188.4 (4,785) – 4-door
Overall Width 73.8 (1,875)
Overall Height 73.6 (1,868.4)
Liftover Height 29.7 (756.4)
Cargo Width at Swing-Gate Opening 41.1 (1,052)
Cargo Height at Swing-Gate Opening 36 (942.3)
Load Floor Height 30 (762.1)

The Tops

The Wrangler JL has three tops to choose from. The soft top, the Freedom hard top, and the Powertop. There are actually two versions of the soft top: a vinyl top on the base model and a thicker, more insulated canvas top as an extra-cost option. The Freedom top is similar to the JK’s Freedom top, but Jeep eliminated the hand screws that took forever to undo. Now, only eight latches secure the two panels. The panels are now lighter, too, making removable and replacement super easy. The Powertop is available on the Sahara and Rubicon trims only and offers a one-touch power operate that opens the canvas panel. What remains is a massive sunroof from the A-pillars back past the C-pillars. What’s more, the side windows easily remove with two latches. The Powertop is the right choice for anyone not up for heavy lifting or getting wet when it starts raining.

Interior


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“In person, the JL’s interior feels nothing like the hard-plastic mess seen in the JK.”

We knew the Wrangler JL’s interior was miles better than the JK’s from the photos we’d seen, but that didn’t prepare us for reality. In person, the JL’s interior feels nothing like the hard-plastic mess seen in the JK. Everything is soft-touch or purposefully hard. If it looks like metal, it is. The screws on the dashboard are actually screws – even those around the HVAC system. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is a joy to hold and the gear shifters give a satisfying feedback. The seats are far more supportive and the driver seat now has an adjustable lumbar feature.

Still, the Wrangler isn’t too plush for its own good. The dash is still weather resistant and the carpet is still removable. Yep, the floor pan still has drain plugs and the seats are manually adjustable so there are no electric motors to fail. The seats in upper trims are heated, though, which is a big blessing on cold drives with the doors and top off.

Handy features in the interior include a bevy of USB and USB-C ports, a 110-volt household plug, longer and more padded armrests in the doors, more storage spots, a folding center armrest in four-door models, and a two-tier center console lid.


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“The Wrangler comes with three Uconnect infotainment systems”

The Wrangler comes with three Uconnect infotainment systems: Uconnect 3 with a 5.0-inch display, Uconnect 4 with a 7.0-inch display, and Uconnect 4 with an 8.4-inch display with navigation. The 8.4 system comes standard in the four-door Sahara and Rubicon models.

Rear seat comfort is upgraded, too. Along with that center folding armrest on four-door models, every Wrangler JL has rear HVAC vents. The four-door offers an inch more legroom than before and more supportive seats with a more reclined seatback. More USB ports and that 110-volt household plug reside at the back of the center console.

Unlimited models can be had with Jeep’s new TrailRail system – an integrated aluminum rail with adjustable hooks for securing cargo. Another rail is integrated onto the tailgate. And in an effort to maximize utility, the tailgate even has a flat spot above the latch for holding a drink.


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Interior Dimensions

Seating Capacity (front/rear) 2/2 – 2-door, 2/3 – 4-door
SAE Total Interior Passenger Volume, (cu. ft. / cu. m) 103.7 (2.94)
Front: Headroom: 40.7 (1,036) hardtop / 42.6 (1,083) soft top
Legroom: 41.2 (1,038)
Shoulder Room: 55.7 (1,417)
Hip Room: 53.9 (1,370)
Seat Travel: 8.1 (206)
EPA Front Volume Index: 53.8 (1.52)
Rear: Headroom: 40.2 (1,023) hardtop, 41.7 (1,059) soft top
Legroom: 35.7 (904.2) – 2-door, 38.3 (974) – 4-door
Knee Clearance: 61.6 (1,565.9)
Shoulder Room: 57.7 (1,458) – 2-door, 55.7 (1,417) – 4-door
Hip Room: 45 (1,143) – 2-door, 56.7 (1,440) – 4-door
EPA Rear Seat Volume Index (cu. ft. / cu. m): 49.9 (1.40)
Liftover Height 29.7 (756.4)
Maximum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening 47.9 (1,218.7)
Minimum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening 41.1 (1,052)
Maximum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening 36.0 (942.3)
Minimum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening 35.7 (907.8)
Distance between Wheelhouse Interior Trim 45.0 (1143)
SAE Cargo Volume: Rear Seat Folded: 72.4 cu. ft. (2.05)
Rear Seat Upright: 31.7 cu. ft. (0.89)
Total Passenger plus Cargo Volume, (cu. ft. / cu. m): 150.4 cu. ft.

Drivetrain


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“The standard engine is the familiar but improved 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque”

For 2018, the Wrangler finally has more than one engine to choose from. Jeeps of the past have had at least two available engines, so the JL harks back to those bygone days. The engine choices a bit more modern, however.

The standard engine is the familiar but improved 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It’s improvement centers on the new automatic start/stop system it employs to save on fuel consumption. The V-6 is available with the new six-speed manual transmission and the new-to-the-Wrangler ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The optional engine is an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. it comes mated exclusively with the eight-speed automatic. Its impressive torque rating comes by way of a mild hybrid system. A belt-starter-generator uses electricity to help turn the engine’s crankshaft at lower revs. This helps with low-end torque and added smoothness when low-speed crawling. An automatic start/stop system is used here, too.

Three 4WD transfer cases are available: the standard Command-Trac for all but the Rubicon, the Rock-Trac that’s exclusive to the Rubicon, and the new Select-Trac transfer case with a full-time 4WD mode that’s an exclusive option on the Sahara. You can read all the details on these transfer case in our full review here.


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Drivetrain Specifications

ENGINE 3.6-­LITER PENTASTAR V-­6 2.0-LITER TURBO I-4
Availability Standard — all models Available — all models
Type and Description 60-­degree, V-­type, liquid-­cooled I-4 16-valve with direct injection, turbo charging, with throttled, cooled EGR
Displacement (cu. in. / cc) 220 cu. in. (3604 cu. cm) 121 cu. in. (1995 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96 x 83) 3.31 x 3.54 (84 x 90)
Valve System Chain-­driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-­pivot roller rockers Chain-driven DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless Direct Injection
Construction Aluminum deep-­skirt block, aluminum alloy heads Aluminum block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 10.2:1 10:01
Power 285 HP @ 6,400 RPM 270 HP @ 5,250 RPM
Torque 260 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM
Max. Engine Speed (rpm) 6,600 rpm (electronically limited) 5,800 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2 Minimum unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2, 91 octane or higher recommended for optimum fuel economy and performance
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) 22.5 18.5 (2-door), 21.5 (4-door)
Oil Capacity 6.0 quarts (5.7 liters) 5 quarts (4.7 liters)
Coolant Capacity 14 quarts (13.25 liters) 9.9 quarts (9.4 liters)
Emission Controls Dual three-­way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features GPEC4 engine-management system with close-coupled catalyst; and wide range O2 sensor
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy/combined) 18/23/20 (automatic); 17/23/19 (manual) TBD — automatic (2-door); TBD — automatic (4-door)

Final Thoughts


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Jeep has most definitely improved the Wrangler. From its appearance and interior refinement to its drivetrain and efficiency, everything is better than before. It takes sitting behind the wheel and getting up close to the new JL to really appreciate the changes. Thankfully, the new Wrangler JL’s improvements shouldn’t alienate Jeep’s loyal fan base of hard-core off-roaders. It might be more refined, but the Wrangler is still a Wrangler. Even better for Jeep’s pockets, the JL will be more appealing to the everyday customer whose only off-roading happens in the wet grass at the local soccer field complex.

Read here for our detailed driving impressions of both on-road and off-road conditions.

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    • * More expensive
    • * Turbodiesel & hybrid not available at launch
    • * Still compromized on pavement

References

Jeep Wrangler.


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Driving the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL


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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler


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Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Powertop Top in Action


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Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Freedom Top in Action


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Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Soft Top & Windshield in Action


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A Detailed Look At the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Dashboard


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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Three Infotainment Systems


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The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Come With its Own Tool Kit


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What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims


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The 2018 Wrangler’s Cargo Area is Ready For Anything

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler Priced at $26,995

Jeep has announced pricing for the all-new, 2018 Wrangler JL. As expected, the costs have risen for each trim level. The base Sport two-door starts at $26,995 – a full $3,000 more than the equivalent outgoing Wrangler JK. The price hike continues throughout the lineup, with the two-door Wrangler JL Rubicon costing $3,350 more at $36,995. The four-door 2018 Wrangler JL Sahara starts at $37,345, which is $3,100 more than the JK version.

While the increase is steep, the hike can be explained by Jeep’s development costs, the Wrangler’s new aluminum components and strong steel frame, the new drivetrain options, the new hard and soft tops, and the vastly improved interior. Add to that Jeep’s need of relocating the Wrangler’s assembly to make room for the upcoming Wrangler-based pickup while continuing the Wrangler JK’s production into the first few months of 2018.

Continue reading for a full list of prices for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

Prices for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL


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“The base Sport two-door starts at $26,995 – a full $3,000 more than the equivalent outgoing Wrangler JK.”
2018 Jeep Wrangler Price
Wrangler Sport (two-door) $26,995
Wrangler Sport S (two-door) $30,195
Wrangler Rubicon (two-door) $36,995
Wrangler Unlimited Sport (four-door) $30,495
Wrangler Unlimited Sport S (four-door) $33,695
Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (four-door) $37,345
Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (four-door) $40,495

These prices do not include the $1,195 destination and delivery fee Jeep charges for transporting the vehicles from the Toledo, Ohio factory to dealerships nationwide. Of course, taxes, license tags, and other fees are not included either. Adding options increases the price as well.


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“Jeep expects the 2018 Wrangler JLs to begin arriving in showrooms sometime during the first quarter of 2018”

Jeep expects the 2018 Wrangler JLs to begin arriving in showrooms sometime during the first quarter of 2018. Four-door models will likely continue out-selling two-door models by a four-to-one ratio, just as with the outgoing Wrangler JK. And due to the big improvements, Jeep is hoping to improve the Wrangler’s global annual sales beyond the current figure of 250,000. Here in the U.S., Jeep sold nearly 203,000 Wrangler JKs in 2015, with another 20,880 going to Canada. The remainder is sold overseas.

References

Jeep Wrangler


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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon Driving the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Much hoopla has been made over the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Enthusiasts around the world and the massive aftermarket scene have been hanging on every word written about the first new Wrangler in a decade – and for good reason. The JL represents the first reworking of the Wrangler since it exploded in popularity thanks to the addition of four doors with the 2007 Wrangler Unlimited JK. Everybody from the hard-core rock crawler to the average soccer mom wants to know how this new Wrangler drives.

Thankfully, the wait is over.

Jeep flew us out to Tucson, Arizona in early December for the Wrangler JL’s first U.S.-based media event. The southwestern territory offers an interesting mix of smooth, flat roads through valleys and bumpy, twisty roads through the rock-strewn hills north of town. And of course, off the pavement lies nothing but inhospitable terrain filled with cactuses, scorpions, venomous snakes, and rocks after rocks with more rocks piled on top. It was the perfect place to test the new Wrangler’s mettle.

Continue reading for our driving impressions.

Behind The Wheel


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“The JL rides much better with more suspension soak on bumps while somehow feeling more planted.”

The Wrangler’s recipe hasn’t changed despite it being completely new. It rides on a ladder frame, uses solid axles, and rides on a multi-link coil spring suspension. As such, there was only so much Jeep engineers could do to improve the ride. However, it is certainly a marked improvement.

Having driven several JKs over the years, I can say the JL rides much better with more suspension soak on bumps while somehow feeling more planted. The 200-pound weight reduction achieved through a lighter body and stronger frame likely have something to do with that. Small bumps and high-frequency washboards don’t send near as much vibration into the cabin and road noise is dramatically reduced in both the Sahara with its all-season tires and especially on the Rubicon with its new all-terrain tires rather than the mud-terrains on the JK Rubicon. Around town, comfort is drastically better.


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“The rear spare tire has been moved down and the hard top’s wiper motor is moved to behind the spare – both of which increase rear vision”

Outward visibility is improved, too. Jeep increased the size of every pane of glass for a more open cabin. The rear spare tire has been moved down and the hard top’s wiper motor is moved to behind the spare – both of which increase rear vision. Better still, the Wrangler finally has a backup camera. It also comes standard, regardless of trim. The camera’s resolution, especially on the Uconnect 8.4-inch system, is very clear. That should come in very handy when backup up on the trail.

But the Wrangler JL won’t have too much backing up to do off-road. The steering has been improved for a tighter turning radius. Jeep engineers were telling stories of JKs needed to do three-point turns on tight trails while JL development mules were sailing right around the corner.


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“The Jeep development team decided early on that the JL would not lose any of its off-road capability, no matter what the cost.”

Of course, everybody wants to know how the Jeep Wrangler JL performs off-road. Not surprisingly, the thing is awe-inspiring. The Jeep development team decided early on that the JL would not lose any of its off-road capability, no matter what the cost. As such, the on-road feel is still more compromised than all other mid-size SUVs and crossovers. But point the Wrangler’s new seven-slotted grille toward the dirt, and prepare to be impressed.


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“The Sahara’s suspension does a commendable job at soaking up large, low-speed bumps, but not as well as the Rubicon’s, which is also aided by larger tires with more flexible sidewalls.”

My first taste off the beaten path was in an Unlimited Sahara. That model comes with laughably street-biased Bridgestone Dueler H/T 685 all-season tires, yet with 4WD high engaged, the Sahara easily scaled steep inclines of lose dirt and rock, all without any wheel slip. Naturally, the Bridgestones do a great job on the street and produce zero road noise. The Sahara’s suspension does a commendable job at soaking up large, low-speed bumps, but not as well as the Rubicon’s, which is also aided by larger tires with more flexible sidewalls.

As for the Rubicon, the thing feels unstoppable. I sampled the Rubicon Unlimited with the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with the new six-speed manual transmission. Both engines provide plenty of low-end torque and the Rock-Trac transfer case and 4.10:1 axle ratios multiply that torque exponentially.

On the Rocks


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“Put the part-time transfer case into 4WD low range, and the Wrangler Rubicon crawls forward with unstoppable might.”

I piloted an Unlimited Rubicon with the 2.0-liter for my time on the rock course. Its 295 pound-feet of low-end torque comes at just 3,000 rpm, with some credit due to the new mild hybrid system. The belt-driven starter generator receives power from a battery bank in order to help turn the crankshaft.

Put the part-time transfer case into 4WD low range, and the Wrangler Rubicon crawls forward with unstoppable might. The eight-speed automatic transmission has plenty of ratios to allow for higher speeds in low range, though it’s definitely not indented for on-road use. The large boulders mixed with smaller rocks provided a challenging course, but the BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires (even at full pressure) provided outstanding levels of grip. At only one point did the tires struggle for traction, and that was at a nearly 45-degree incline over slick rocks.


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“The large boulders mixed with smaller rocks provided a challenging course, but the BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires provided outstanding levels of grip”

The Jeep’s tight turning radius came into play at the hillclimb’s peak. A nearly 90-degree right-hand turn awaited and the Wrangler Unlimited had only inches to spare for a three-point turn. The JK would have needed more than three points to make the turn.

Being a Rubicon, the underside comes with skid plates and the rocker panels are protected with steel sliders. These were certainly put to the test on the course, where large boulders would have dented the body and punctured the fuel tank.

Rubicons equipped with the automatic transmission have a respectable 77.2:1 crawl ratio, which proved more than enough for the course Jeep provided. However, Rubicons with the V-6 and six-speed manual combination have an ultra-low 84.2:1 crawl ratio – nearly double the torque multiplication on the automatic-equipped Sport and Sahara models. That means first gear and low range in the manual Rubicon is insanely powerful. At idle, the Jeep crawls at 1.0 mph and feels like it could bull the Eiffel Tower off its base. You’ll need to shift into third gear in order to go anywhere fast.


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“The gearbox is much more refined than the JK’s old six-speed.”

As speaking of the new six-speed manual, the gearbox is much more refined than the JK’s old six-speed. The throws are shorter and gates more pronounced, leading to a more satisfying driving experience. It’s no sports car, but the manual is far less truck-like. That’s thanks to the new cable connections that mate the shifter to the transmission.

The electronic locking front and rear differentials are much easier to use, too. The dash-mounted toggle switch allows for a straight-forward, one-touch engagement of either the rear locker or both front and rear lockers. A separate button turns the off. The same is true for the electronically disconnecting front sway bar. A single button turns the system off and on – all without any confusion. Indicators in the gauge cluster further help indicate what’s going on.

On-Road With The Rubicon


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“The softer suspension made for a more comfortable on-road experience and the gearbox was a joy to shift”

I was able to snag a few miles of on-road driving time with an Unlimited Rubicon with the V-6 and six-speed manual. The softer suspension made for a more comfortable on-road experience and the gearbox was a joy to shift. The clutch is light and has an early pick-up, making the upper half of its travel useless. The steering feels better than the outgoing Wrangler JK, but still has some on-center vagueness. The same is true for the Sahara model I drove, as well. Still, the driving dynamics are far improved and easily recognizable.

On-Road With The Sahara


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“Bumps are handled with more composure and road noise is almost eliminated”

Most of my time with the new 2018 Wrangler JL was inside an Unlimited model with the V-6. It’s clear Jeep engineers sweated over improving the ride and overall quality of the experience. Bumps are handled with more composure and road noise is almost eliminated. The power-retractable top shows no signs of flapping in the wind, but there is some wind noise generated at the top of the windshield. It’s not bad, though, and certainly better than the JK.

Perhaps the best improvement in my book is the improved throttle response with the V-6. Even though the 3.6-liter is basically unchanged from its time in the Wrangler JK – power specs and all – the throttle is more responsive on the road. Before, the JK required what felt like three-quarter throttle just to get moving. Now, a light touch is all that’s needed. Slip the transfer case into 4WD low range, and the throttle response gets less touchy, which is exactly what’s needed when bumping down some rock-strewn road.

Observed Fuel Economy


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“The EPA estimates the Unlimited V-6 automatic to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined”

My on-road driving time in the Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with the part-time Command-Trac transfer case, V-6, and automatic transmission saw an impressive 25.9 mpg combined over a 25-mile highway and short city trek. That’s much improved over the JK thanks to the eight-speed automatic having three more gears than the JK’s slushbox and the JL’s new, more aerodynamic design.

The EPA estimates the Unlimited V-6 automatic to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. With the manual transmission, those numbers drop to 17/23/19, respectively. Sadly, estimates for the 2.0-liter turbo-four are still unpublished, though I suspect an improvement over the V-6.

For those wanting all-out fuel economy, the upcoming Plug-In Hybrid will be availing in 2020. Those who love torque and the smell of diesel fuel will love the addition of FCA’s lovely 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Fuel economy stats on those two are still unknown, of course.

Final Thoughts


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“The new Jeep Wrangler JL is miles better than the outgoing JK in every measure, especially behind the wheel”

The new Jeep Wrangler JL is miles better than the outgoing JK in every measure, especially behind the wheel. It’s easier to live with on a daily basis, which most Wrangler JK owners will love to hear. It’s quieter, the seats are more comfortable, it’s easier to see out of, the V-6 feels more powerful thanks to an improved throttle response, and the fuel economy is certainly better.

The 2007-2017 JK moved the Wrangler from being an off-road toy and utility vehicle to something people could daily drive through the week and still have fun on the weekends with. The new 2018 JL keeps that spirit alive while improving the ease of daily living and maintaining the Jeep’s iconic off-road reputation.

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What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims


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The 2018 Wrangler’s Cargo Area is Ready For Anything

PostHeaderIcon Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Powertop Top in Action

Jeeps have always been open-air vehicles, but with the proliferation of the hardtop option, getting a breeze inside has become a bit more challenging. Yeah, Jeep now has the revised three-piece Freedom Top option that’s easier to work, but it doesn’t compare to the absolute breeze of the new Sky One-Touch Powertop.

It’s basically a hard top with its center section cut open and sealed with a power-retractable canvas cover. A single button transforms the Wrangler Unlimited from weatherproof to completely open. The operation can happen up to 60 mph and takes about 18 seconds in both directions.

Better still, the side windows are now removable – something the standard Freedom Top doesn’t do. Simply twist two L-brackets at the top of each window, and the entire piece comes out. Both windows will store in the cargo area. With both the canvas top pulled back and the windows removed, the Sky top offers just about as much open-air freedom as a bare Wrangler. The rear glass is the only remaining hindrance to that. Remove the aluminum doors, drop the windshield, and boom – the Wrangler Unlimited is about as open as a typical owner would ever want. Jeep does say the Sky top isn’t designed to be removed, so those selecting that factory option are married to that choice.

Jeep hasn’t announced the price for the Sky One-Touch Powertop, but it will be an option on the Sahara and four-door Rubicon models.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Freedom Top in Action

Jeep introduced the three-piece Freedom Top with the then-new 2007 Wrangler JK. It proved to be an instant hit thanks to its combination of security and weatherproof coverage with removable panels over the front seats. Now with the introduction of the all-new 2018 Wrangler JL, Jeep has reworked the Freedom Top to make it even easier and quicker to remove the panels.

First, jeep made the panels lighter. They weren’t overly heavy to begin with, but every ounce counts when lifting car parts overhead, espeaiclly in the rain as we’ve personally discovered. What’s more, the hand screws that secured the Freedom panels to the B-pillar horizontal bar are gone. Now the top just uses six L-brackets and the two main latches at the windshield header. No tools are required and forearms remain unsure. From there, the panels are easily lifted off and can be stored in the cargo area. Mopar and several aftermarket companies offer storage bags and even bracketry that secure the panels when stored.

And for those wanting the full open-air experience, the entire Freedom Top is still removable just like before. Its removal is still best done with at least two people since it’s rather bulky.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Soft Top & Windshield in Action

The brand new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has plenty of improvements throughout, not the least of which are its updated Sunrider soft top and redesigned folding windshield. Unlike before, the new soft top uses no zippers or fussy Velcro to attach its side windows. An innovative sliding plastic channel allows the side window panels to easily slip into place. Securing the bottom and end pieces are still done by snapping the top into channels on the Wrangler’s body and cage. It’s the most simple soft top in the Wrangler’s history.

Likewise, the windshield has been made much easier to operate, though it’s not as easy as the two hand-nuts that held the Wrangler YJ’s windshield in place. Here, only four bolts hold the windshield frame and glass to the now-permanent A-pillars and horizontal support. Jeep supplies a ratchet and T40 Torx bit to remove the bolts, along with the socket to remove the windshield wiper arms from their shafts. The whole process takes less than four minutes.

The windshield is held down by brackets that loop through the rubber bump stops on the hood, or the entire windshield can be removed by undoing the hinge nuts with the supplied T50 Torx bit – the same driver used for the door hinges.

How cool is that?

Stay tuned to [TopSpeed.com} for more videos on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s different tops.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon A Detailed Look At the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Dashboard

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is finally here and its new interior is one of its best selling points. The seats are more comfortable, there is more storage room, the materials are all nicer, and the dash has way more functionality baked in. From the buttons on the steering wheel to the dual-zone climate controls, the JL’s dashboard makes for a much better user experience over the outgoing Wrangler JK.

We’re going to take a quick look at Jeep’s improvements to see exactly what has changed. Of course, the Wrangler JL still comes in several trim levels, so not every feature will be available on all models.

Continue reading for more information.

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“Real metal accents add a touch of class while the center section’s Y-shaped outline recalls the CJ’s steering wheel”

Let’s start with the steering wheel. Jeep wrapped it in soft-touch leather held together by contrast stitching. Real metal accents add a touch of class while the center section’s Y-shaped outline recalls the CJ’s steering wheel. Buttons operate the driver information screen, the phone controls, and the cruise control.

Left of the steering wheel are the headlight controls and dimmer switches. They are incredibly easy and intuitive to operate, and the two dimmer switches separate the dome light controls from the brightness of the dashboard’s backlighting. That’s handy.


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“As for the gauge cluster, the Wrangler has two versions”

As for the gauge cluster, the Wrangler has two versions. The base model comes with a smaller driver information screen and analog gauges for the fuel and coolant temperature. Upper trims get a larger screen with digital fuel and coolant temperature readouts. The screen displays several menu pages and vehicle information like transmission and oil temperature, oil pressure, individual tire pressure, and even off-road information like angle and pitch, steering position, and transfer case gearing.

Three infotainment systems are available. They all now run FCA’s well-loved Uconnect system. The base has a 5.0-inch screen with the basic Uconnect 3 software. The mid-level option has a 7.0-inch screen with the new Uconnect 4 software. Available on the Sahara and Rubicon models is the 8.4-inch screen, again with Uconnect 4, but with navigation and obviously the larger screen.


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“All but the base Sport trim gets dual-zone climate controls – something not offered at all on the Wrangler JK”

All but the base Sport trim gets dual-zone climate controls – something not offered at all on the Wrangler JK. Available creature comforts include three-position seat heaters for the front seats and (for the first time) a steering wheel heater. Other buttons control defrost and vent location controls, while the three knobs control radio volume, fan speed, and radio tuning. Thankfully, Jeep also includes a button for temporarily disabling the automatic start/stop feature that comes standard with all three engine options. There’s also a handy mute button for the radio and controls for the traction control, ParkSense system, and downhill descent control. For those nights driving down dark roads, there’s also a button to completely turn the screen off.

Like the Wrangler JK before it, the new JL positions its power window controls in the center stack. This eliminates the controls on the removable doors, helping keep them light. The window lock button returns in the center but is now a roller switch. Adjacent is a 12-volt power plug and a “media” center with a dust cover. Inside is a USB port, a USB-C port, and an AUX input jack.


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“Adjacent is a 12-volt power plug and a “media” center with a dust cover. Inside is a USB port, a USB-C port, and an AUX input jack.”

Down below is a shallow cubbyhole designed for small items. Unfortunately, Plus-sized cell phones are too wide for the space, though the cup holder area is specifically designed to hold larger deceives. Optional in this cubby space are the four auxiliary switches. These allow customers to control aftermarket equipment like off-road lights without having to install an aftermarket control panel. The switches come with an easy electrical tie-in point under the hood. Rubicon models have their main off-road controls placed in this space, too. A toggle switch turns on the front and rear electronic locking differentials and a button to the left turns them off. A separate button disconnects the front sway bar, just like on the previous Wrangler JK Rubicon.


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“And speaking of those cup holders, their center divider now has a spot specifically for the Jeep’s key fob”

And speaking of those cup holders, their center divider now has a spot specifically for the Jeep’s key fob, so there’s no more losing the key under the seat for those not keeping the fob in their pocket. Better still, the doors now have longer, more thickly padded armrests that are actually comfortable to use. A secret handle is embedded on the underside of the armrests, helping ease the task of carrying the doors once they’re removed. Thankfully, the doors are also lighter, too, due to their aluminum construction.


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“A secret handle is embedded on the underside of the armrests, helping ease the task of carrying the doors once they’re removed”

All told, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL’s interior is far better and more comfortable than the JK’s ever was. There are more controls, more creature comforts, better ergonomics, far better infotainment and info screens, and an overall more upscale feel thanks to better materials and fitments. Those turned off by the previous Wrangler JK’s dull cabin should be more than happy with Jeep’s progress.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Three Infotainment Systems

Perhaps the most obvious improvement to the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is its new infotainment systems. Gone is the old and outdated radio and optional Uconnect 420N system found in the outgoing Wrangler JK. Now, the JL comes with three systems – all of which are far better and more user-friendly.

Regardless of the head unit, the Wrangler comes with eight speakers. An optional nine-speaker Alpine system with a subwoofer is available on the Sahara and Rubicon trims. The Wrangler Unlimited with the Alpine system now has its subwoofer located in the side panel of the cargo area, freeing up the floor space. The two-door Wrangler still has its sub in the floor. No worries, though, it’s weatherproof and has a strong metal grille protecting it from harm.

Continue reading for more on the Wrangler’s infotainment systems.

Uconnect 3 with 5.0-Inch Display


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The standard radio is similar to the base system found in other Fiat Chrysler products like the Ram pickups, Dodge cars, and other Jeep models. It uses a 5.0-inch touch screen with physical buttons lining each side of the screen. It offers AM/FM/SiriusXM/Bluetooth/AUX capability, along with phone connectivity. Even though it’s the base radio, it’s far prettier than the old Uconnect 420N found at the premium option in the JK.

Uconnect 4 with 7.0-inch Display


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This optional system brings upgraded technology wrapped in a prettier package with a larger screen. The interface looks more like the premium 8.4-inch system but doesn’t offer navigation. It does make Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, though, something the 5.0-inch system doesn’t offer.

The 7.0-inch system also relocates the volume and tuning knobs near the climate controls system. This also means the 7.0-inch system makes dual-zone HVAC standard. The system also includes phone connectivity and all the usual radio bands and media connectivity. It’s certainly worth the extra coin if you can spring for it.

Uconnect 4 with 8.4-inch Display


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Not only does the 8.4-inch system has the largest display of the bunch, it also looks the best, making use of the entire area dedicated to the infotainment system. Graphic buttons are larger, more information is displayed, and the backup camera is downright crystal clear. The 8.4-inch system also brings navigation on board, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from the 7.0-inch system. UConnect 4 is FCA’s latest software, and it continues to be a leader in the automotive industry. Its intuitive menus, resolution, and user-friendliness are right up there with Chevrolet’s MyLink system.

Sound quality from the Alpine system we sampled was pretty good, even with the doors and top off running down the highway. That’s a great thing, since that’s the time with good music is best enjoyed.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Come With its Own Tool Kit

The Jeep brand’s foundation is based on utility and preparedness, so it comes as no surprise that the 2018 Wrangler JL comes with its own toolkit. The kit comes with a socket wrench and the drivers needed to remove the doors and fold the windshield – two very important aspects of Wrangler ownership.

The toolkit trend started a few years ago with the Wrangler JK, but Jeep is keeping the idea alive. The kit comes in a snazzy nylon pouch with a Velcro latch. Inside are elastic bands that hold the tools in place. The kit includes a min socket, a T40 and T50 Torx bits and an M15 socket. The T40 is used for the various parts of the soft top, while the T50’s main job is removing the bolts holding the door hinges in place. The T50 is also used to remove the track system of the Sunrider soft top.

Folding the windshield requires removing the windshield wipers. That takes the M15 socket. Simply pop off the caps at the wiper hubs and remove the nut. Use the T40 to remove the four bolts holding the windshield header bar to the Sports Bar support and boom – the windshield easily folds down. Two more T40 bolts on the windshields two hinges will have the entire windshield assembly removed from the Jeep.

Best of all, the Wrangler offers a custom-fit storage holder for all this hardware. Lift up the cargo floor, and holes are pre-made and labeled in the plastic tray found underneath.

Jeep also includes a handy instruction guide with photos and labels. The instructions are on thick, laminated paper that should last a while, especially when kept in the clear plastic pocket inside the took kit pouch.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Come With its Own Tool Kit

The Jeep brand’s foundation is based on utility and preparedness, so it comes as no surprise that the 2018 Wrangler JL comes with its own toolkit. The kit comes with a socket wrench and the drivers needed to remove the doors and fold the windshield – two very important aspects of Wrangler ownership.

The toolkit trend started a few years ago with the Wrangler JK, but Jeep is keeping the idea alive. The kit comes in a snazzy nylon pouch with a Velcro latch. Inside are elastic bands that hold the tools in place. The kit includes a min socket, a T40 and T50 Torx bits and an M15 socket. The T40 is used for the various parts of the soft top, while the T50’s main job is removing the bolts holding the door hinges in place. The T50 is also used to remove the track system of the Sunrider soft top.

Folding the windshield requires removing the windshield wipers. That takes the M15 socket. Simply pop off the caps at the wiper hubs and remove the nut. Use the T40 to remove the four bolts holding the windshield header bar to the Sports Bar support and boom – the windshield easily folds down. Two more T40 bolts on the windshields two hinges will have the entire windshield assembly removed from the Jeep.

Best of all, the Wrangler offers a custom-fit storage holder for all this hardware. Lift up the cargo floor, and holes are pre-made and labeled in the plastic tray found underneath.

Jeep also includes a handy instruction guide with photos and labels. The instructions are on thick, laminated paper that should last a while, especially when kept in the clear plastic pocket inside the took kit pouch.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

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Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims

The Rubicon model has become synonymous with the Jeep Wrangler for hard-core off-roading, despite its relatively recent introduction on the 2002 Wrangler TJ. The Rubicon trim has remained a part of Wrangler history since, including the jump to Jeep’s all-new 2018 Wrangler. The Rubi is now more capable than ever thanks to an improved suspension system, use of the 2018 Wrangler’s stronger frame, improved skid plates, and lower gearing thanks to the new transmissions choices.

But the Rubicon isn’t just about mechanical advantages. There are aesthetics advantages, too.

Most notably, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with steel rock sliders that protect the vulnerable rocker panels under the doors; there’s an available steel bumper that easily holds an electric winch; and new for 2018, the front fenders are taller so owners can run 35-inch tires without having to modify a thing. Let’s get into the details below.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What makes the Rubicon different from other Wranglers


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“The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood.”

Let’s start with the visual stuff. The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood. The aluminum hood is also vented on Rubicon models. The next most obvious change on a stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the unique wheel and tire combinations. Two styles of 17-inch wheels are available and both come exclusively with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Next are the red tow hooks. They come standard with the Rubicon. Most Rubicon models will likely come with the optional metal front winch bumper. It’s very similar to the metal front bumper seen on the JK, but its styling has been updated. The end caps still come off and an electric winch fits perfectly behind the center. Mopar sells a grille guard that bolts right to the exposed fasteners, too.


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“The Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models”

Last but certainly not least, the Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models. This not only gives more clearance for front suspension articulation but allows the fitment of 35-inch tires with zero modifications to the fenders or suspension. Jeep knows its customers will upgrade their Wranglers, so the design and engineering teams made things as easy as possible.

As far as tops go, the Wrangler Rubicon is available with all the offerings. It comes standard with the Sunrider folding soft top and the Premium Sunrider soft top is optional. The same is true for the Freedom Top, the body-colored Freedom Top, and the new Powertop.

Of course, the Rubicon’s biggest attributes are hidden under the skin. The front and rear axles are now the newest generation of Dana 44 axles. They have larger diameter tubes and thicker tube walls for added strength. Front and rear electronic locking differentials return, but with an improved toggle switch on the dashboard. The same is true for the electronically disconnecting front sway bar.


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“The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling”

Gear ratios are another big part of the Rubicon story. The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling.
When combined with the automatic transmission, the Rubicon offers a 77.2:1 crawl ratio and an impressively low 84.2:1 with the new six-speed manual transmission’s first gear.

The Rubicon can be had with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder. The V-6 can be paired with either the automatic or manual transmissions, while the 2.0-liter only comes with the eight-speed automatic.

While we’d love to tell you how the Rubicon handled the challenging rock course jeep set up for the driving event, our impressions are embargoed until December 13th. Check back with TopSpeed.com for our thoughts then.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims

The Rubicon model has become synonymous with the Jeep Wrangler for hard-core off-roading, despite its relatively recent introduction on the 2002 Wrangler TJ. The Rubicon trim has remained a part of Wrangler history since, including the jump to Jeep’s all-new 2018 Wrangler. The Rubi is now more capable than ever thanks to an improved suspension system, use of the 2018 Wrangler’s stronger frame, improved skid plates, and lower gearing thanks to the new transmissions choices.

But the Rubicon isn’t just about mechanical advantages. There are aesthetics advantages, too.

Most notably, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with steel rock sliders that protect the vulnerable rocker panels under the doors; there’s an available steel bumper that easily holds an electric winch; and new for 2018, the front fenders are taller so owners can run 35-inch tires without having to modify a thing. Let’s get into the details below.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What makes the Rubicon different from other Wranglers


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751435
“The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood.”

Let’s start with the visual stuff. The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood. The aluminum hood is also vented on Rubicon models. The next most obvious change on a stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the unique wheel and tire combinations. Two styles of 17-inch wheels are available and both come exclusively with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Next are the red tow hooks. They come standard with the Rubicon. Most Rubicon models will likely come with the optional metal front winch bumper. It’s very similar to the metal front bumper seen on the JK, but its styling has been updated. The end caps still come off and an electric winch fits perfectly behind the center. Mopar sells a grille guard that bolts right to the exposed fasteners, too.


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751462
“The Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models”

Last but certainly not least, the Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models. This not only gives more clearance for front suspension articulation but allows the fitment of 35-inch tires with zero modifications to the fenders or suspension. Jeep knows its customers will upgrade their Wranglers, so the design and engineering teams made things as easy as possible.

As far as tops go, the Wrangler Rubicon is available with all the offerings. It comes standard with the Sunrider folding soft top and the Premium Sunrider soft top is optional. The same is true for the Freedom Top, the body-colored Freedom Top, and the new Powertop.

Of course, the Rubicon’s biggest attributes are hidden under the skin. The front and rear axles are now the newest generation of Dana 44 axles. They have larger diameter tubes and thicker tube walls for added strength. Front and rear electronic locking differentials return, but with an improved toggle switch on the dashboard. The same is true for the electronically disconnecting front sway bar.


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751465
“The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling”

Gear ratios are another big part of the Rubicon story. The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling.
When combined with the automatic transmission, the Rubicon offers a 77.2:1 crawl ratio and an impressively low 84.2:1 with the new six-speed manual transmission’s first gear.

The Rubicon can be had with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder. The V-6 can be paired with either the automatic or manual transmissions, while the 2.0-liter only comes with the eight-speed automatic.

While we’d love to tell you how the Rubicon handled the challenging rock course jeep set up for the driving event, our impressions are embargoed until December 13th. Check back with TopSpeed.com for our thoughts then.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler’s Other Trims

The Rubicon model has become synonymous with the Jeep Wrangler for hard-core off-roading, despite its relatively recent introduction on the 2002 Wrangler TJ. The Rubicon trim has remained a part of Wrangler history since, including the jump to Jeep’s all-new 2018 Wrangler. The Rubi is now more capable than ever thanks to an improved suspension system, use of the 2018 Wrangler’s stronger frame, improved skid plates, and lower gearing thanks to the new transmissions choices.

But the Rubicon isn’t just about mechanical advantages. There are aesthetics advantages, too.

Most notably, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with steel rock sliders that protect the vulnerable rocker panels under the doors; there’s an available steel bumper that easily holds an electric winch; and new for 2018, the front fenders are taller so owners can run 35-inch tires without having to modify a thing. Let’s get into the details below.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

What makes the Rubicon different from other Wranglers


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751435
“The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood.”

Let’s start with the visual stuff. The most obvious difference is the big RUBICON logo on the hood. The aluminum hood is also vented on Rubicon models. The next most obvious change on a stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the unique wheel and tire combinations. Two styles of 17-inch wheels are available and both come exclusively with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Next are the red tow hooks. They come standard with the Rubicon. Most Rubicon models will likely come with the optional metal front winch bumper. It’s very similar to the metal front bumper seen on the JK, but its styling has been updated. The end caps still come off and an electric winch fits perfectly behind the center. Mopar sells a grille guard that bolts right to the exposed fasteners, too.


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751462
“The Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models”

Last but certainly not least, the Rubicon’s front fenders have been raised roughly two inches compared to non-Rubicon models. This not only gives more clearance for front suspension articulation but allows the fitment of 35-inch tires with zero modifications to the fenders or suspension. Jeep knows its customers will upgrade their Wranglers, so the design and engineering teams made things as easy as possible.

As far as tops go, the Wrangler Rubicon is available with all the offerings. It comes standard with the Sunrider folding soft top and the Premium Sunrider soft top is optional. The same is true for the Freedom Top, the body-colored Freedom Top, and the new Powertop.

Of course, the Rubicon’s biggest attributes are hidden under the skin. The front and rear axles are now the newest generation of Dana 44 axles. They have larger diameter tubes and thicker tube walls for added strength. Front and rear electronic locking differentials return, but with an improved toggle switch on the dashboard. The same is true for the electronically disconnecting front sway bar.


What Separates the Rubicon from the Wrangler's Other Trims - image 751465
“The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling”

Gear ratios are another big part of the Rubicon story. The axles continue to have 4.10:1 ratios, but the updated Rock-Trac transfer case now has lower ratios for better crawling.
When combined with the automatic transmission, the Rubicon offers a 77.2:1 crawl ratio and an impressively low 84.2:1 with the new six-speed manual transmission’s first gear.

The Rubicon can be had with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder. The V-6 can be paired with either the automatic or manual transmissions, while the 2.0-liter only comes with the eight-speed automatic.

While we’d love to tell you how the Rubicon handled the challenging rock course jeep set up for the driving event, our impressions are embargoed until December 13th. Check back with TopSpeed.com for our thoughts then.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Best In Show

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and with it comes a fresh batch of four-wheeled goodies to pick through. With more than 50 debuts and over 1,000 vehicles in attendance, the LAAS is the West Coast destination if you’re looking for the latest and greatest from the world’s top automakers. The paint has barely dried by the time these machines roll into the Southland, and attendees get an enticing opportunity to check out what’s headed to dealers before deliveries commence. This year, we saw loads of good stuff, like updated icons, new speed machines, and even an interesting concept or two, all of which is worthy of your collective auto-flavored attention. As such, we put together the following list of exceptional debuts from this year’s event for your reading enjoyment. These are TopSpeed’s picks for Best In Show from the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Of course, it’s entirely possible you’ve got other ideas about what belongs on this list. If that happens to be the case, feel free to post your picks in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why you think they deserve the title of Best In Show!

Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Best In Show from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 749430

The new Wrangler has arrived, and it’s bringing with it oodles of tempting options. Body styles include both two-door and four-door iterations, while behind the vertical grille slats, you’ll find one of three engine options. Cog swap duties are handled by one of two transmission options, one of which is a brand-new eight-speed automatic.

The updates continue inside, where we find a modernized interior layout, complete with a new infotainment system. Jeep even showed off a complete line of available upgrades and parts from Mopar. That’s all well and good, but the most important part of this machine is what it can do straight from the factory, and thankfully, the Jeep still looks like one helluva off-roader out of the box. Providing the grip is a 4WD system with features like a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and a 4LO 4:1 ratio with locking differentials for the Rubicon. Then there’s the Rubicon’s ability to wade through water 30 inches deep, its 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and its standard 33-inch tires. All told, this thing has all the capability as the old model, wrapped in a new school package.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Saleen S1


The Saleen S1 Can be Yours for $1,000 Deposit; $100,000 Total; Deliveries Start in Mid-2018 - image 749041

It’s no secret we’re fans of the Saleen S7. Rear-mid engine, RWD, and 750 horsepower stuffed into an aero-friendly body that looks like it might cut ‘ya if you stare at it too long… what’s not to like? Now, Saleen is once again offering up something new, and while it might not have the same over-the-top aggression as its older sibling, it’s still got that high-performance allure we’ve come to expect from the brand. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and a compact body keep it light, while a mid-mounted turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder sends as much as 450 horsepower to the rear wheels. A run to 60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while the quarter mile is dispatched in 11.3 seconds. Top speed clocks in at 180 mph.

Read our full review on the 2018 Saleen S1.

Mazda6


2018 Mazda6 - image 749676

While it might have four doors and FWD, this Japanese sedan still has plenty of zoom-zoom under the hood. Now, all that go arrives with turbocharged levels of motivation, as Mazda fits the latest 6 with an upgraded and boosted 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the 2018 model year. Outside, we find a few nips and tucks to the already great looking styling, while the interior sees a substantial refit with higher-quality trim and a simplified layout. We’re fans – now it just needs a dash of AWD, eh Mazda?

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible


2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible - image 749381

Following an unveiling of the hardtop coupe variant in Dubai, the ZR1 arrived in LA for its stateside debut, rocking an open-air top and a searing shade of orange paint. Like the coupe, the ZR1 convertible comes proper with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, which gets drenched with dino juice thanks to a unique dual fuel injection system (both direct and port injection for this monster). Output is rated at 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the ultra-wide rear wheels by way of either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Then, of course, there’s all that carbon fiber, which gets applied to the front splitter, side skirts, and rear wing, plus the enormous engine cover sticking out of the hood. Wanna get noticed?

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

There’s usually no shortage of outdoorsy-themed SUV concepts, no matter what show you’re talking about, but this concept caught our attention all the same. For starters, if actually looks pretty good, with big, chunky features that work well with the motif, plus a layered front fascia that doesn’t make you want to run and hide. A variety of mounts and carrier racks provide spots to store your gear, while external cameras help to record every move you make in the great outdoors. Finally, a hybrid powertrain keeps it green while crawling through the dirt.

Read our full review 2017 Toyota FT-AC Concept.

PostHeaderIcon 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Best In Show

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and with it comes a fresh batch of four-wheeled goodies to pick through. With more than 50 debuts and over 1,000 vehicles in attendance, the LAAS is the West Coast destination if you’re looking for the latest and greatest from the world’s top automakers. The paint has barely dried by the time these machines roll into the Southland, and attendees get an enticing opportunity to check out what’s headed to dealers before deliveries commence. This year, we saw loads of good stuff, like updated icons, new speed machines, and even an interesting concept or two, all of which is worthy of your collective auto-flavored attention. As such, we put together the following list of exceptional debuts from this year’s event for your reading enjoyment. These are TopSpeed’s picks for Best In Show from the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Of course, it’s entirely possible you’ve got other ideas about what belongs on this list. If that happens to be the case, feel free to post your picks in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why you think they deserve the title of Best In Show!

Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Best In Show from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 749430

The new Wrangler has arrived, and it’s bringing with it oodles of tempting options. Body styles include both two-door and four-door iterations, while behind the vertical grille slats, you’ll find one of three engine options. Cog swap duties are handled by one of two transmission options, one of which is a brand-new eight-speed automatic.

The updates continue inside, where we find a modernized interior layout, complete with a new infotainment system. Jeep even showed off a complete line of available upgrades and parts from Mopar. That’s all well and good, but the most important part of this machine is what it can do straight from the factory, and thankfully, the Jeep still looks like one helluva off-roader out of the box. Providing the grip is a 4WD system with features like a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and a 4LO 4:1 ratio with locking differentials for the Rubicon. Then there’s the Rubicon’s ability to wade through water 30 inches deep, its 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and its standard 33-inch tires. All told, this thing has all the capability as the old model, wrapped in a new school package.

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Saleen S1


The Saleen S1 Can be Yours for $1,000 Deposit; $100,000 Total; Deliveries Start in Mid-2018 - image 749041

It’s no secret we’re fans of the Saleen S7. Rear-mid engine, RWD, and 750 horsepower stuffed into an aero-friendly body that looks like it might cut ‘ya if you stare at it too long… what’s not to like? Now, Saleen is once again offering up something new, and while it might not have the same over-the-top aggression as its older sibling, it’s still got that high-performance allure we’ve come to expect from the brand. Carbon fiber, aluminum, and a compact body keep it light, while a mid-mounted turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder sends as much as 450 horsepower to the rear wheels. A run to 60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while the quarter mile is dispatched in 11.3 seconds. Top speed clocks in at 180 mph.

Read our full review on the 2018 Saleen S1.

Mazda6


2018 Mazda6 - image 749676

While it might have four doors and FWD, this Japanese sedan still has plenty of zoom-zoom under the hood. Now, all that go arrives with turbocharged levels of motivation, as Mazda fits the latest 6 with an upgraded and boosted 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the 2018 model year. Outside, we find a few nips and tucks to the already great looking styling, while the interior sees a substantial refit with higher-quality trim and a simplified layout. We’re fans – now it just needs a dash of AWD, eh Mazda?

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible


2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible - image 749381

Following an unveiling of the hardtop coupe variant in Dubai, the ZR1 arrived in LA for its stateside debut, rocking an open-air top and a searing shade of orange paint. Like the coupe, the ZR1 convertible comes proper with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, which gets drenched with dino juice thanks to a unique dual fuel injection system (both direct and port injection for this monster). Output is rated at 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the ultra-wide rear wheels by way of either a seven-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Then, of course, there’s all that carbon fiber, which gets applied to the front splitter, side skirts, and rear wing, plus the enormous engine cover sticking out of the hood. Wanna get noticed?

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

There’s usually no shortage of outdoorsy-themed SUV concepts, no matter what show you’re talking about, but this concept caught our attention all the same. For starters, if actually looks pretty good, with big, chunky features that work well with the motif, plus a layered front fascia that doesn’t make you want to run and hide. A variety of mounts and carrier racks provide spots to store your gear, while external cameras help to record every move you make in the great outdoors. Finally, a hybrid powertrain keeps it green while crawling through the dirt.

Read our full review 2017 Toyota FT-AC Concept.

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara Spied with $45,000 Base Price!

Everyone knew the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL would be more expensive than the outgoing, decade-old Wrangler JK. A $1,000 to $2,000 increase in price sounded reasonable for all the improvements made. Well, it seems FCA figures it can charge exorbitantly more for the new Wrangler – $10,000 more on the luxury-minded Sahara trim, to be exact.

The news comes from none other than JLWranglerforums.com, the seemingly official leaker of all things JL over the least two years. A user posted a spied Monroney window sticker showing a base price of $45,000 for an Unlimited Sahara equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and manual transmission.

Now, there are a few caveats to this information. The pricing might not be completely finalized, so there’s a chance the price is inaccurate. Also, the options list only shows Jeeps RPO codes with no breakdown in pricing for each item. There’s a chance the options’ pricing is somehow including in the “base price” of $45,000. If so, that would make the true, pre-options base price far less. Jeep is apparently keeping its $1,095 destination charge from before.

Of course, the base Sport trim will be significantly less expensive than the leather-lined Sahara, especially in two-door form, so modest Jeepers should still be able to find a good deal. The Rubicon, however, will be more expensive than the Sahara thanks to its extra off-road hardware. This tiered system has been around for a while, so that’s old news. What is news is Jeep’s potential of pricing itself out of the active lifestyle, off-roading, and consumer base that made the Wrangler JK so popular.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Visitor's Guide - image 745566

Read more 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show

Everyone knows Jeep Wranglers are extremely customizable and a vast majority of Jeep owners have done at least one upgrade or added some type of aftermarket part to their Wrangler. Jeep knows this and has really ramped up its offerings for the all-new 2018 model. The parts are hosted under the relatively new Jeep Performance Parts and the iconic Mopar brands. They will be available directly through local Jeep dealerships once the 2018 Wrangler reaches showrooms.

In an effort to demonstrate the vastness of Mopar and JPP’s parts lineup, Jeep brought two highly customized 2018 Wranglers to the L.A. Auto Show, debuting along size the production Wrangler. The four-door model is an all-out off-roader based on the Rubicon, while the two-door is a bit milder and based on the Sport. Both show the range of possibilities owners will have.

Continue reading for a detailed look at both Mopar-modified Wranglers.

Mopar-modified four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon


The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show - image 748643
“Up front, the stock Rubicon steel bumper features a Warn winch and low-rise grille guard with LED light pods”

Jeep started this concept build with a production 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon coated in Mojito Green. A two-inch suspension lift and 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires on Mopar’s 17-inch aluminum Beadlock wheels. Up front, the stock Rubicon steel bumper features a Warn winch and low-rise grille guard with LED light pods. For the first time, Mopar is now offering an engine snorkel. It raises the air intake point so no water gets into the engine during deep crossings.

Protecting the rocker panels is Mopar’s upgraded rock sliders. They are wider than before and now have a truck-bed coating for better grip when climbing in and out. Speaking of getting in, Mopar tube doors keep passengers in while giving that open-air feel. The front doors also have mounts for side mirrors – since mirrors are a legal requirement in most states.

Inside, the Wrangler’s standard Molle straps on the seatbacks provide mounting points for tons of accessories. Here, Mopar included trail bags for extra storage. Roll bar-mounted grab handles help with entry and for those harrowing, butt-puckering off-road moments. Katzkin leather seat covers have Tungsten stitching and boast the Jeep grille emblem. And since the Wrangler is meant to be used and abused, a screen protector offers protection for the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen.

Mopar-modified 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport


The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show - image 748649
“This Wrangler Sport concept is way more realistic as to what most Jeep owners would be doing, though it’s hardly a bare-bones rig”

This Wrangler Sport concept is way more realistic as to what most Jeep owners would be doing, though it’s hardly a bare-bones rig. The biggest upgrades are the two-inch suspension lift and 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires on Mopar’s 17-inch “Gear” wheels.

Another useful feature includes the roof basket. It mounts to the new hard top’s gutter rail designed to just such accessories. Two-inch round side steps help with loading stuff up top while giving some protection to the body, but not nearly as much as the purpose-built rock sliders on the other Wrangler. Jeep also offers bicycle, ski, and snowboard racks.

The exterior is giving a cool graphics package with a Moab-themed design on the door and a stylized American flag on the hood. The grille is also blacked out for an added touch. LED light pods on the bumper and on the A-pillars help light the way. The interior is reworked with Katzkin leather seats featuring the seven-slot grille logo. Yeah, it’s clear Jeep is proud of its logo.

Ready for A-pillar Accessories


The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show - image 748644

An interesting design feature baked into the new 2018 Wrangler is its A-pillar base. The exposed bolt heads offer a structural mounting point for accessories like the light pods seen here and whatever the aftermarket can dream up. Remove the bolts and the painted body panel is removable for access to more mounting points. Jeep definitely understands its customers use the A-pillars for adding extra equipment. Hopefully, those LED light pods don’t interfere with the fold-down windshield. Even so, some aftermarket company will develop a solution. That’s the beauty of the Wrangler and its fiercely loyal community.

References

2018 Jeep Wrangler


2018 Jeep Wrangler - image 742104

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Jeep Wrangler - image 687100

Read our full review on the JK-gen 2017 Jeep Wrangler


2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Visitor's Guide - image 745566

Read more 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show news.

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$40,100.00 (20 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:52:16 PST
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$17,900.00 (16 Bids)
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 3LZ S/C 7-SPEED NAV HUD 19K MI #606312 Texas Direct Auto
$50,100.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-19-2018 15:29:54 PST
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$1.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:15:00 PST
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End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 12:25:41 PST
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$16,369.00 (11 Bids)
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$43,730.00
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:26:33 PST
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$20,000.00 (43 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 19:08:15 PST
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End Date: Tuesday Mar-6-2018 22:24:00 PST
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$44,730.00
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$5,800.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 11:48:07 PST
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$16,000.00
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 19:16:26 PST
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$42,500.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 7:45:00 PST
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$15,300.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 21:58:35 PST
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$5,600.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 22:11:30 PST
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