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It's official! Jeep Wrangler JL and Hurricane power

Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by Dave Z, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    2018 Jeep Wrangler JL: Many improvements, same look (at https://www.allpar.com/news/2017/11/2018-jeep-wrangler-jl-many-improvements-same-look-38968 )

    The 2018 Jeep Wrangler was improved in pretty much every way, all while maintaining the classic look expected of the most recognized Jeep.

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    This Wrangler is bigger inside and out, but it has better aerodynamics, more power, better fuel economy, and more interior technology in a package that checks all of the styling boxes. By the way, you read that right – this all-new Wrangler arrives as a 2018 model year vehicle, even though there is already an older-style 2018 Jeep Wrangler coded “JK” on showroom floors.

    The Exterior

    Due to the many spy shots of the new Wrangler over the past few months, there are few surprises in the exterior design, but some might be surprised at the materials used to build the new Jeep. The doors, hinges, hood, fenders and windshield frame are all made from high-strength aluminum, while the rear swing gate is made from magnesium (as predicted by some Allpar sources).

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    When coupled with the new high-strength-steel frame, the new Wrangler is roughly 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing models – even though it is wider and longer.

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    In passing, the new Wrangler might be mistaken for the current models, but the 2018 Jeep is four inches longer (in two-door form, 2.5 inches in four-door form) and has a one inch wider track. The new Wrangler also has larger windows all around, a declined windshield angle, and a front end design that harkens back to the CJ. The new grille has an indented portion on the outside of the familiar seven-slot grille; and, to improve aerodynamics, the keystone-shaped grille was “swept back” a bit.

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    The new Wrangler windshield design still folds down, now by removing only four bolts — 24 fewer than the old design. Once the front glass is flipped down, owners can take it out entirely by removing two more bolts.

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    As expected, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has a variety of roof options, including a manual soft top, a removable hard top, and the new Sky One-Touch powertop, which allows the driver to fold the roof back with the push of a button (coming Q2 of 2018, and predicted by oh2o and others over a year ago).

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    The new power top is the easiest to operate when owners want open-air freedom, but the other tops are also easier to use with the new design. The hard top has new removable panels for a variety of configurations, while being easier to remove as a whole; and the Sunrider soft top also has a variety of open-air layouts. Best of all, the zippers are gone, as the new Jeep tops snap and slide into place for easier operation in all sorts of conditions.

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    Finally, the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has a handful of unique exterior features, including the biggest wheels ever fitted by the factory – measuring 33 inches all around — with package-specific wheel flares and bumpers.

    Rubicon (JL=2018+) JK 2-door JL two-door JK four-door JL four-door
    Running ground clearance
    10.2” 10.8” 10.2” 10.8”
    Approach angle (degrees)
    44.6° 44.0° 44.4° 43.9°
    Departure angle (degrees)
    40.6° 37° 40.7° 37°
    Breakover angle (degrees)
    25.5° 27.8° 20.9° 22.6°
    If you do scrape the undercarriage, the Rubicon package comes with four standard underbody skid plates that project all of the key drivetrain components. Sitting in inch higher than the current Rubicon, this new model has 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and can cross 30 inches of water. The Rubicon also comes with a unique vented hood, and if buyers find that the stock 33-inch tires aren’t big enough, it comes ready to accept a two-inch lift and 35-inch tires.

    continued... 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL: Many improvements, same look (at https://www.allpar.com/news/2017/11/2018-jeep-wrangler-jl-many-improvements-same-look-38968 )
     
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  2. T_690

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    Power bump for diesel. It's not unexpected.
     
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  3. T_690

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    • Assembly Plant: Termoli, Italy and Trenton South Engine Plant, Trenton, Mich.
     
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  4. link3721

    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    Okay, for 442 ft-lbs I'll sacrifice having the manual transmission. Guess I'll need to find an old TJ for my manual fixation. Definitely a hit, this is awesome.
     
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  5. wilbur

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    Wow, very impressed... Stretching out the 2 door 4 inches is awesome news... With the diesel at 442 ft pds, nobody should be complaining. :)
     
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    Has the angles (breakover, approach, ...) for NON Rubicon models being published?

    Is there any porwer / torque graphs for engines options?
     
  7. T_690

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    Official unveiling is tonight 21:50 CET.

    Usually they do not give such a data like power or torque curves. Unfortunately.
     
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  8. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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  9. WXman

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    442 lbs/ft.

    Never again will Jeepers whine about wanting more torque. This is a great day.
     
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  10. Dave Z

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    Yup. The Hurricane, set up as a mild-hybrid, is also a viable choice, since it provides good torque at 0 rpm... though it's now the ETorq!
     
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  11. srmitchell

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    Still no pics of the base model sport. Suprising!
     
  12. T_690

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    I expect more for that engine. It's extremely important for FCA.

    BTW. Naming convention is really confusing.
    I will stay with calling it GME T4 D. But how we will a similar engine with higher power output? GME T4 D HO???
     
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  13. link3721

    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    There may not be a Sport model for the 2018 my, may have to wait for the 2019s
     
  14. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    Sport shows up in the spec sheets. Then again, a manual transmission for the Sahara and Rubicon does not, though it exists.
     
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    Wonder what tow rating is with the eco diesel
     
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    link3721 Yes, This MK Goes Off-Road
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    Probably 2000 for the 2dr or 3500 lbs for the 4dr. JT will have higher tow ratings for those that need it.
     
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    Awesome. Simply awesome.:)
     
  18. redriderbob

    redriderbob Mopar Guru!
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    Much higher.

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    HO or H.O.
     
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    fca-future-jeep-plan.jpg

    Yup, the 5-year plan was way off! :rolleyes:
     
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