How the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Combines New Tech with an Iconic Look

Jeep fans have been eagerly watching and waiting for many months to drive the all-new, redesigned Jeep Wrangler. Well, the new Wrangler is out (and Merrick DCJ’s got them on the lot), the reviews are in, and it appears that Chrysler/FCA’s new vehicle is a smash hit.

Let’s look at some quotes from automotive reviewers that sum up their experience with the all-new Wrangler:

No, Jeep faithful, they didn’t ruin it. They didn’t even make it just as good as the old one. They made it better in every way.” – Scott Evans, MotorTrend.com

 “Everything is better; every decision made to strengthen the product both literally and figuratively – Eric Adams, The Drive.com

 “Never before have I driven something whose incremental improvements over its predecessor made such a dramatic difference.” – David Tracy, Jalopnik

“Jeep has done a remarkable job of meshing new and old, and we’re as stoked as anyone to put some rocks underneath it.” – Andrew Wendler, Car & Driver

The new 2018 Wrangler is chocked with so many improvements that it would take many pages to list them all. But let’s highlight some of the most significant technology updates that make this worthy vehicle a more modern, capable, powerful, vehicle that’s incredibly fun to drive on and off the trail.

Improved Performance On- and Off-Road
One of Wrangler’s main claims to fame is its legendary off-road prowess, and here the 2018 Wrangler doesn’t disappoint. The 2018 Wrangler remains ultra-rugged (solid axles under a redesigned steel boxed-ladder frame) but is now 200 pounds lighter, thanks to the strategic use of aluminum.

The new Jeep Wrangler has got plenty of muscle, with engine choices now including a Pentastar 3.6 Liter V6 (285 HP, 260 lb-ft torque) with (deactivatable) Stop-Start, and a 2.0 liter turbocharged V4 (268 HP, 295 lb- ft torque).  (Both a diesel and a hybrid option have been announced for the new Wrangler, but won’t be available for this model year). Transmission options are a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic; both have been tweaked to add torque in low gear.

Three different 4X4 systems (Command-Trac, Rock-Trak and Selec-Trac) are available for the new Wrangler to cater to the needs of the most demanding off-roaders. And the new Wrangler manages to improve the vehicle’s traditionally liberal clearance dimensions; it now sports a 44 degree approach angle, 27.8 degree breakover angle, and a 10.9-inch ground clearance.

Of course, most Wrangler drivers put many more on-road miles on the odometer than trail miles, and Jeep’s engineers have done a lot to improve the Wrangler’s on-road ride quality. A new five-link suspension system whose shocks have been moved outward makes for a smoother, more satisfying ride on the highway, and a new electro-hydraulic steering system improves handling. And even though the new Wrangler’s exterior is faithful to that of Wranglers of the past, it’s more aerodynamic than before, thus boosting fuel economy.

The 2018 Wrangler (optionally) includes Chrysler/FCA’s latest and greatest safety technology, including Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, and Rear Park assist, and Electronic Stability. It also features the 4th generation of FCA’s Uconnect, which offers a faster start-up time, better resolution, 4G LTE, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

There’s much more to love in 2018
It’s not hyperbole to say that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is a great leap forward for Jeep, because the improvements to Jeep’s iconic vehicle are so extensive. They include:

n  A completely redesigned interior with improved visibility and better climate control for rear seat passengers

n  Easily removable, lightweight aluminum doors

n  A fold-down windshield that only requires the removal of 4 bolts to activate

n  A redesigned soft-top roof that’s one-button-retractable

n  Electronic trailer-sway control

n  The same awesome customization potential for which Wrangler is already world-renowned

As in prior years, the Wrangler is available in 2 door and 4-door configurations. Two-door trim levels include the Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon; 4-door levels include the Sport S, Rubicon, and Sahara.

But here’s the best news: the 2018 Wranglers are now appearing at Long Island dealerships, and Merrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Wantagh has them. There’s no better way to see that the rave reviews for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler are justified, so come on down to Wantagh to get up close and personal with Jeep’s best. Call us at 888-656-7689 to set up an appointment or use our website’s online contact form.

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