2018 Jeep Wrangler (Jeep Wrangler JL) spied in India for the first time

14/03/2018 - 00:04 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler that was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show has reached India. Instagram page exoticcarsingoa has posted a spy photo that shows the 2018 Jeep Wrangler undergoing road testing in Goa.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Jeep Wrangler JL) spy shot India
As expected, the Jeep Wrangler JL seems to has reached India in the 4-door version (Unlimited).

The fourth generation Jeep Wrangler features an evolutionary design, and as before, is a body-on-frame SUV. The redesigned model features a more rakish windshield for improved aerodynamics and has an A-pillar that now stays in place even when the windshield is folded down, allowing the rearview mirror to remain in place at all times. The keystone-shaped grille also contributes to the improved aerodynamics with its swept-back top. A lowered beltline with larger windows provides better outward visibility.

Other exterior highlights include LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, LED turn signals positioned on the trapezoidal wheel flares, 18-inch wheels and LED tail lamps. Once again, the famed go-anywhere SUV is available in dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations. Jeep is testing the 4-door version (Unlimited) in India.

The interior of the all-new Jeep Wrangler is also not all that different from the previous generation model, with a design and layout resembling its predecessor. However, Jeep has made it more modern by incorporating new technologies to improve comfort, convenience, and infotainment.

Noteworthy features include 7-inch TFT LED driver information display configurable in 100+ ways, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, push-button starter with a weather-proof surround, longer armrests, four USB ports, 12-volt accessory outlets and a 115-volt AC auxiliary power outlet to power up mobile phones, electronics and more.

Jeep has introduced the Jeep Wrangler JL with three engines: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, 3.6-litre naturally aspirated V6 and 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel.

The all-new turbocharged petrol engine develops 270 hp and (295 lb.-ft.) 400 Nm of torque. It is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. It comes with an eTorque mild-hybrid system that improves fuel economy and launch performance and provides more driver comfort during start/stop operations.

The upgraded naturally aspirated petrol engine delivers 285 hp and (260 lb.-ft.) 352 Nm of torque. It is coupled to an all-new 6-speed manual transmission or a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine produces 260 hp and 442 lb.-ft. (598 Nm) of torque. It is paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. An engine start-stop system is standard in models equipped with these engines.

The Sport and Sahara models are equipped with the Command-Trac 4x4 system, which features a part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. A new Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with full-time 4WD mode and a low range is available in the latter.

The Rubicon models use the Rock-Trac 4x4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, next-gen Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers, and electronic sway bar disconnect.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara front three quarters
Like the Jeep Wrangler JK, the Jeep Wrangler JL will arrive in India as a CBU import.

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Specifications of the Indian-spec Jeep Wrangler JL are currently unknown. Like the third-gen model, the fourth-gen model will arrive as a CBU import. Its production takes place in the north plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex in the state of Ohio, USA. Production of the right-hand drive Jeep Wrangler will reportedly commence in June this year, beginning with the 4-door version. Prices could start at around INR 70 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

[Image Source: Instagram]

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