Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Confirmed For 8-Speed Automatic

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

A two-pedal Jeep Wrangler might be sacrilege to some, but the next-generation off-roader will be packing an 8-speed automatic for those who don’t want to row their own.

According to Automotive News, the next Wrangler is confirmed for the 8-speed auto, based on an SEC filing. The 8-speed will not only be used on the Wrangler, but all rear-drive FCA products, save for heavy duty trucks and the Viper.

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  • Beerboy12 Beerboy12 on Nov 24, 2014

    What next, spray on mud?

  • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Nov 24, 2014

    A stick and thumb throttle kit is great for TJ, but in JK auto is a solid choice, primarily because the manual is so bad. The durabilty of clutch is particularly poor, with throw-out bearings failing left and right at 30k miles, master cylinder next. The transmission itself often pops out of gear. Although if they fixed the clutch, it would make manual useful again.

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on Nov 25, 2014

      @Pete Zaitcev Pete, my JKU is an '08 with the old 3.8L Caravan engine. And while I won't claim "push start", I will claim 'gravity start' as I let it roll on a slight grade and popped the clutch. Engine kicked right over and started and tranny hardly noticed the bump. I'll admit that the shifter is a bit sloppy on mine, but it's a Daimler tranny.

  • Kato Kato on Nov 25, 2014

    I recently test drove a manual Wrangler, and, while I strongly prefer manuals, I'd be tempted to get the auto in this vehicle just because their manual is so vague and sloppy. Every time I went for 3rd or 5th I was never sure which I had till I let the clutch out. I'd probably get used to it after a couple of weeks, but it would never be pleasant.

    • Vulpine Vulpine on Nov 25, 2014

      Remember, you're comparing a truck transmission to a sedan/coupe transmission. Significant difference.

  • Kato Kato on Nov 27, 2014

    Hmm, yes it probably didn't help that I drove the S2000 to the Jeep dealership. :) Seriously though, I've owned three different Japanese SUVs, designed 10, 20, and 30 years earlier than the 2015 Unlimited I drove, all had transfer cases, and all had significantly better-defined gates than the Jeep transmission. I think Jeep could do better if they tried a little harder.