With the official announcement of 2018 Wrangler JL prices, we have discovered that, setting aside changes to standard features, getting into a new Wrangler JL will cost around $3,000 more than the Wrangler JK — regardless of the chosen trim line and body type.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Pricing

We will have to wait a while for the 2018 JL Wrangler to reach the “Build Your Own” portion of Jeep.com, but the Trail Rated automaker has announced the base prices for each of the new Wrangler types — though only those with the gasoline V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, and soft top, and excluding the two-door Sahara.

The entry level 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is the Sport two-door, starting at $26,995 (none of these numbers include destination) while the two-door Rubicon starts at $36,995.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

When you step up to the 2018 JL Wrangler with four doors (formerly dubbed “Unlimited”), the Sport starts at $30,495, the Sahara starts at $37,345, and the capability-king Rubicon starts at $40,495.

Jeep announced a Sport S package and 2-liter eTorque engine option, as well as an automatic transmission, but hasn’t released  pricing announced for them yet. We will also have to wait on the figures for the different roof packages and other options. However, we know how much each basic JL will cost – and they all cost quite a bit more than the similarly-named JK models.

Wrangler Pricing Increase

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is almost entirely new, with new materials inside and out. This new Wrangler has aluminum and magnesium body panels, a frame comprised heavily of high-strength steel, a roomier interior with fully painted safety bars, and a never-before-seen level of interior technology. All of those changes don’t come cheap, so it comes as no surprise that the JL Wrangler costs about $3,000 more than the comparable JK Jeep.

The current (JK) Wrangler Sport two-door starts at $23,995, so getting into the base model will cost JL buyers $3,000 more. The JK Rubicon two-door starts at $33,645, making the JL Rubicon two-door $3,350 more for the new model.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon JL

In the four-door range, the JK Sport starts at $27,895, $2,600 less than the new JL and the plush JK Sahara started at $34,245 while the new Sahara starts $3,100 higher. Finally, the JK Rubicon four-door starts at $37,445, $3,050 less than the new JL Rubicon with the extra doors.

The other key expense is the unavoidable destination fee, which also increased for the 2018 JL Wrangler — by $100, going from $1,095 to $1,195.

The bottom line is that the new JL Wrangler is better than the JK Wrangler in pretty much every way, but all of those improvements come with an increase in price of $2,700 to $3,450 before any other options have been added on.