The mere mention of even tweaking the design of the Jeep Wrangler is sure to draw some attention, thanks to the immensity of the fanbase for the vehicle, an appeal that extends well beyond its popularity as a rugged, open-air SUV with insane off-road capabilities!!!
When news first broke that JEEP was revving up to introduce an entirely new model of its iconic off-roader, it sparked a lot of interest—along with a few concerns. After all, the Wrangler is considered the “King of the Hill” in the world of SUVs, which pretty much guarantees that talk of a new model will likely be met with a degree of skepticism.
With that said, the 2018 JEEP WRANGLER, is, without question, the most well-rounded vehicle among the long lineage of great open-air off-roaders that have worn the Jeep nameplate. Whether cruising the highway or climbing a seemingly impassable steep mass of rock on my off-road excursion in the 2018 model, the new Wrangler builds on everything fans have come to love about the iconic Jeep, just in a far more refined package.
Head of JEEP Design MARK ALLEN said;
“I wanted to reinforce and enhance what’s there. There are so many things that are special about Wrangler that I don’t want to lose.”The homage to some of the popular “old-school” Jeeps has been carried over in the new Wrangler’s cabin, too, with a number of heritage-inspired details mixed with features like a hand-wrapped instrument panel and accent stitching on the more premium Wrangler Sahara models. The latest reiteration of the American icon also now features a push-button starter, bigger storage areas and reclining rear seats, along with a host of new tech features, including an all-new Uconnect infotainment system that’s available with a mega 8.4-inch touch screen.
MARK ALLEN continued;
“It’s really grassroots. It’s me showing up with [concept] vehicles. People come up to me…and want to talk about the vehicles. We’ve been doing that for ten years, just listening and listening, wanting to get to this date where we actually make the new one.”The thing that Jeep purists and thrill-seekers will appreciate most, however, is all the meticulous work that’s gone into improving the Wrangler’s off-road chops, which includes better ground clearance, unparalleled crawl ratio, and the ability to now trek through up to 30-inches of gushing water, making it the most capable model ever. The more terrain-ready Rubicon model also now comes with 33-inch tires standard, giving the rugged SUV more menacing, beast-like abilities when out on the trail.