2018 Jeep Wrangler makes global debut with major upgrades: Will it justify its pricing in India?

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be aiming to create ripples in the SUV territory. Here's what all does this new Jeep holds within and will it be able to justify its high price tag in India?

By: | Updated: November 29, 2017 5:55 PM
All-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Jeep has just unveiled the 2018 edition of its Wrangler SUV. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is being manufactured at the company's Toledo, Ohio production facility and it will be reaching US showrooms by January 2018. The new Jeep Wrangler has been launched in dual door configurations. The 2-door model will be available in a total of three trims that go by the name Sport, Sport S and Rubicon. On the other hand, you can pick the 4-door version from a total of four options viz Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler gets several changes to the exterior and interior and the new model looks bolder than its predecessor. It gets skid plates along with front and rear tow hooks and come with body coloured sports bars that feature integrated grab handles.

Now, coming to the powertrain, the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is being offered in three engine options. The existing 3.6-litre Pentastar has been upgraded for the year 2018 and it produces a respective power and torque output of 285 hp of power and 352 Nm. The new 3.0-litre Ecodiesel V6 engine is good for generating a maximum power output of 260 hp along with a peak torque of 599 Nm. Last but definitely not the least, an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine makes 270 horses and 400 Nm of torque. Jeep is offering a six-speed manual transmission as standard with all of the above-mentioned models. Besides this, one can also opt for an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox with any of the models.

All-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Inside the cabin, the new Jeep Wrangler offers fourth-generation Uconnect system along with a full coloured instrument cluster. The infotainment system of the SUV supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touchscreen size can be selected from 5.0-inch, 7.0-inch and 8.4-inch options.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler should be making its way to the dealerships in India sometime late next year. While the company received mixed reactions when it entered India last year due to its over-enthusiastic price tag, the same will continue to happen with the entry of 2018 Wrangler as it will arrive through the CBU (Completely Built Unit) route. That coupled with the addition of new features will further take the pricing of the new Wrangler in India up considerably over the present value of  Rs 56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base model.

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