2018 Jeep Wrangler - Take a Closer Look

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2018 jeep wrangler take a closer look

Jeep Wrangler fans are the type of enthusiasts who know and appreciate the history of the model, and Jeep knows that. Since we already knew just about everything about the 2018 Wrangler before the sheets came off in Los Angeles, we here at TTAC figured it might be interesting to take a closer look at some of the smaller details that go beyond horsepower, torque, and transmission type.

One of Jeep’s PR folks walked me through the various callbacks to prior Wranglers that are evident, if not obvious, on the new Wrangler.

Wrangler lovers will like the plaque mounted on the inside of the tailgate — it lists the JL’s dimensions and just looks cool.

The next cool detail is the roofline — the softtop can extend out past the C-pillar and give a bit of coverage to the rear cargo area, as shown here.

I wasn’t able to get quality photos, but the doors have different pull hooks and door pins than the current model.

The air vent shown here is functional, helping to cool the motor:

Two footman’s loops adorn the hood, as pictured here.

Perhaps most notable, the Jeep badge deserts the front grille and moves back to the bodyside.

And, of course, the windshield folds down, as previously reported.

The dash also returns to a flat-top design.

And finally, eagle-eyed readers will notice that the doors are bit more rounded-off — this is to make it easier to get in and out of the Jeep when off-roading.

Jeep has loaded the 2018 Wrangler with enough small details to keep the keen-eyed busy. Next up — actually driving the damn thing.

[Images: © 2017 Tim Healey/The Truth About Cars]

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  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Nov 30, 2017

    Sport V6 2-door 4x4 6 speed manual hardtop is how I would want mine. The high resale is the thing that keeps tempting me on buying one new.

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    • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Nov 30, 2017

      @EquipmentJunkie Just went to look at "trade in value" on a 5-6 year old Sport S 4x4 manual transmission hardtop with 80,000 miles and even the online sites which tend to low ball trade in a bit were saying that it was roughly $16,000. That's insane when you could buy a new one for about $25,000.

  • Kato Kato on Nov 30, 2017

    Looks like a nice update. I'm intrigued by the photo with a cargo carrier mounted directly to the hardtop. One of the things that has kept me from considering one previously is having to install a giant exoskeleton in order to carry a canoe. If it can carry a boat and can be had with V6, MT, and full-time 4WD, I'm interested. I passed on the Liberty 'cause full-time could only be had with an AT.

  • Analoggrotto So UAW is singling out Ford, treating them slightly better in order to motivate the entire effort. Mildly Machiavellian but this will cost them dearly in the future. The type of ill will and betrayal the Detroit-3 must be feeling right now will be the utter demise of UAW. I just hope that this tribulation is not affecting Mary Barra's total hotness.
  • Redapple2 I guessed they were ~$150,000. Maybe attainable.
  • Redapple2 want one.
  • Redapple2 Brutal business. I should have stayed in Aviation (Boeing, RTX)
  • Lou_BC I don't like the looks of this era of Ramcharger. I prefer the removal top. I would buy 1st or 2nd generation. A 1st generation 1974 with 440 would be amazing. I like the '79's stacked headlights.