Jeep’s new, bet­ter Wran­gler

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Build­ing on its blue-chip legacy with the con­fi­dence of a com­pany very much at the top of its game, Jeep has fi­nally re­vealed its sig­nif­i­cantly up­graded 2018 model year Wran­gler. “Jeep has al­ways rep­re­sented the ul­ti­mate in ca­pa­bil­ity and open-air free­dom, and our all­new 2018 Wran­gler pro­tects that im­por­tant legacy and takes it into the fu­ture,” said Mike Man­ley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The all-new Wran­gler is in­stantly recog­nis­able as a Jeep, stay­ing true to the orig­i­nal, yet it is bet­ter in ev­ery way – de­liv­er­ing even more rugged ca­pa­bil­ity, more ride com­fort, more fuel ef­fi­ciency cour­tesy of sev­eral ad­vanced pow­er­train op­tions, more in­te­rior com­fort, more safety and more tech­nol­ogy.” At the of­fi­cial launch ( at the Los An­ge­les Auto Show) in late Novem­ber last year Jeep con­firmed that the new two-door Wran­gler will be avail­able in three dif­fer­ent trim con­fig­u­ra­tions, Sport, Sport S and Ru­bi­con, while the LWB four-door mod­els will be avail­able in four, Sport, Sport S, Sa­hara and Ru­bi­con. For the first time in Wran­gler’s his­tory, a two-speed trans­fer case with full-time four­wheel drive and a 2.72:1 low-range gear ra­tio will be avail­able on Sa­hara mod­els. This new Selec-Trac full-time two-speed trans­fer case is in­tu­itive and the sys­tem comes com­plete with solid Dana front and rear axles with a 3.45 rear axle ra­tio. On Wran­gler Ru­bi­con mod­els, a Rock-Trac 4x4 sys­tem fea­tures heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles with a “4LO” ra­tio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ra­tio is stan­dard as are TruLok lock­ing dif­fer­en­tials. Wran­gler Ru­bi­con mod­els also of­fer im­proved ar­tic­u­la­tion and to­tal sus­pen­sion travel ver­sus the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion with help from an elec­tronic sway-bar dis­con­nect. With the stan­dard six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, Wran­gler Ru­bi­con has an im­proved crawl ra­tio of 84.2:1, while with the new eight-speed au­to­matic it is 77.2:1. While im­me­di­ately rec­og­niz­able with its tra­di­tional Jeep de­sign cues the new Wran­gler gets a low­ered belt­line with larger win­dow area while the top of the key­stone-shaped grille has been gen­tly swept back for im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics. While there is no word – yet – on either en­gine op­tions or even in­dica­tive NZ RRPs, first de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected in the fourth quar­ter.

The new 2018 Jeep Wran­gler.

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