Not many cars enjoyed as much hype coming into the LA Auto Show as the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. From its stylized headlights to the folding windshield, bigger windows, and an integrated spoiler, Jeep has succeeded in completely redesigning the Wrangler without sacrificing any cues to its legacy.
Drivers will still get to enjoy open-air driving, thanks to removable doors, that folding windshield, and also a range of soft- and hard-top options, including the Sky One-Touch powertop, which will fully retract at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
Under the hood, you’ll find either a 2.0-liter turbo four, the familiar V6, or Fiat Chrysler’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. That last one should be good for 442 lb-ft of torque and over 30 miles per gallon on the highway. If that’s not newsworthy enough for you, listen to this: The Wrangler will have a full plug-in electric powertrain by 2020.
An 8-speed automatic will improve fuel economy, but the 6-speed manual isn’t going anywhere, either. You’ll still get the Wrangler’s legendary capability, thanks to two 4-wheel drive systems, but Jeep is doubling down on tech and safety, with an 8.4-inch Uconnect System offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more than 75 passive and active safety features.
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