New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unveiled
It’s official. Jeep has finally taken the wraps off the brand new 2018 Jeep Wrangler at a private event before the Los Angeles Auto show and we were there to witness the iconic SUV in its brand new avatar. The Jeep Wrangler is possibly one of the most recognizable cars in the world with its basic design language staying almost unchanged since the Willys Jeep of early 1940’s. The new Wrangler, while having its own identity has borrowed a fair few references to Jeeps from the past and as always, the attention to detail on this new Jeep offering is truly impressive. The Jeep Wrangler in its new avatar will also be creating it to India eventually with both diesel and petrol engines and will replace the current generation Wrangler that has been on the market since Jeep’s official India entry in 2016.
So let’s start with design. The new Jeep Wrangler now gets a new platform that is lighter, bigger and at the same time, as proficient off-road as the ones in the past. The new Jeep Wrangler’s biggest change from generation to generation in terms of design has to be the front grille and headlight setup. Just like the original CJ5, the new Wrangler gets the iconic 7-slat grille with the bent slot (that was required to fit larger headlights back in the day). The new grille is also no longer just flat but now features a more angled approach that actually makes it a lot more aerodynamic as compared to the older cars. The new Wrangler’s headlights are now full-LED units on the top spec variants along with LED daytime running lights inbuilt into the front fender. The headlight itself also has a halo LED daytime running light setup that runs in unison to the secondary DRL that we mentioned earlier.
The new Jeep Wrangler also gets a totally reshaped set of wider and more detailed fender flares as associated to the last generation and the fender itself – for the first time, is vented and has slightly inset design element to it. This new fender design is not only efficient but also gives the Wrangler a lot better stance. The 3-door Rubicon is also offered with a vented bonnet that adds even more aggression to the overall design. While the overall shape is pretty much familiar and very recognizable, the Wrangler does have a lot of changes when placed side by side with the older gen model. The windscreen for sample is now raked a little more to aid aerodynamics, the wheels are further separately than ever before and the Wrangler gets a small built in spoiler at the rear too.