2018 Jeep Wrangler Going on a Diet

2018 Jeep Wrangler Going on a Diet

Like many other automakers, Jeep will be focusing on fuel economy for its next-generation Wrangler.

Expect the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler to go on a diet in order to help improve fuel economy across the American automaker’s fleet. According to Jeep CEO Mike Manley, the company will focus on innovations in the powertrain department to ensure the vehicle survives into the future.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport S Review

Currently the 2014 Jeep Wrangler four-wheel drive model equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 returns 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. In addition, the new Wrangler will be built on its platform and architecture. Ultimately, the company wants to develop a lighter Wrangler with better fuel economy without compromising its capabilities.

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[Source: Edmunds]

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  • SoK66

    Mess up the JK replacement at your own peril, Jeep! NO IFS/IRS! No “Cute Ute” competitor! NO FIAT PARTS BIN ENGINEERING!!!!

  • JoeKlip

    The current rumor mill is Fiat will re-introduce the 2wd version of the Wrangler Unlimited with IFS. The 4WD will have the live axle. Fiat think the soccer mom will opt for the 2wd Unlimited and nice road handling.

  • Wade Shaffer

    If that’s true I’ll be thrilled.

  • Sam Naheenanajad

    I couldn’t care less about gas mileage. I get 12 in my TJ and 16 in my SRT8. Good enough for me. If I cared about mpg I’d get a Chevy Volt. And a sex change.

  • http://sandplasma.com/ sandplasma

    haha I love that last part. Couldn’t agree more.

  • Nurseynurse15

    Hahahaha funniest thing I’ve read all day

  • CFurniss

    I totally agree!!! I’m right there with ya…

  • Mark

    I am with you my friend. I am screaming out loud.

  • Jon Austin

    Hopefully there will be a change to a less liberal administration in 2016, and politicians with a (slightly) saner point of view will knock it off with the CAFE standards, already. But I wouldn’t hold my breath, and it would be too late for this design cycle, anyway …

  • John Jarrell

    It’s a Jeep who cares about economy? If you want a Prius buy one. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  • mexxet

    I’m getting 13 mpg on my 2013 JK Unlimited Sahara with a 3″ lift and 35’s. Not great but when I think about the places this thing has taken me with total confidence I don’t even think about the gas.

  • Jim

    I’m getting 17-19 in my pretty much stock 2005 Wrangler RME. 31×10.5×15’s. No complaints.

  • Kevin

    Wow, that article provided absolutely no information what so ever.

  • Mtngoatwv

    Let’s face it. We don’t buy Wranglers based on fuel economy. Let’s hope they don’t prissy the thing up with some 3 cylinder turbo ecomotor and ruin the ability to crawl.

  • showkar

    company job security, ruining a jeep thing

  • Jim

    I wonder what kind of mileage they are shooting for?

  • EdWhiteSpace

    I can tell you the last Jeep adventure I had. My kids can tell you of great trips camping in it, or heading up to Maine. Who tells anyone about the last time they got 25 MPG? If that was a major concern, I’d buy a smaller vehicle. Any Prius owners going to switch to Jeeps if the Wrangler gets a few more MPGs? I doubt it…

  • TheRentschmeister

    Why not give us the DIESEL ENGINE for our Wranglers we’ve been wanting here in the States for as long as I can remember? I’ll take that over a lighter Jeep any day all day.

  • Wishsong

    Seriously. 5500 pound brick needs some low end torque.

  • Steveo

    Diesel the way to go, I live in Sydney and have the 2.8 litre Turbo diesel Wrangler Unlimited. Fuel economy is great and torque of 410 Nm for the six speed 460 Nm for the automatic.
    And no the diesel does not smell, those days are gone since 2007 here in Australia.

  • Carl Potter

    I agree with forget about mileage… I have my 2006 unlimited that I tow behind my motor home, and if I’m not doing that I fly my Cessna 182. Motorhome gets 8 mpg, Jeep 13-16, airplane 11 mpg. It’s about the experience!

  • Paul Vidal

    waiting for diesel since 2010 hurry up!

  • Steve Ball

    I don’t believe they are putting the Wrangler on an “mpg” diet because the want to. They are doing it because government mandated CAFE standards demand it. I agree, however, that the diesel would be a great improvement in efficiency here and it has already been engineered.

  • Wishsong

    Diesel or fail.

  • tankerw

    I don’t think jeep will not be here in 2018.They are putting out a lot of bad products now.I have been fighting them for 10 months trying to get them to replace a BAD one I got new last year. I had to get a lawyer they wont even talk to me about it.

  • tankerw

    Jeep needs to go back to the old days when they belt the best off road rid out there. We don’t need all this junk we wont reliability, I miss the days when you could start your jeep and go anyplace in it.

  • Mark

    I HATE the government. Everything that’s true Americana the government is taking away from us bit by bit. People your votes do matter. My true gut feeling is no matter how good your senator or Rep is vote them out. We need only a government that is for the tax paying Americans citizens. Trust me well loose more than jeeps if this difunctional government stays in power.
    To think they’ll have to make a whimper jeep for the sake of better gas milage. We know there is NO gas shortage. We need to be gas independent with the profits staying at home. Yes, I believe in profits and I live my Jeep!

  • RSA

    What kak (b/s in South Africa)! We love our Jeeps here and will gladly pay for the privilege. DON’T go lightweight/cheap on Jeeps please, else I would have gone Japanese!

  • Patrick

    Owned a few wranglers and it must be able to go offroad and be easy to put a lift kit on. With that said there is no reason to avoid using new light weight materials like high strength steel. Also the 4 and 6 turbo diesels used in europe on on the new grand cherokee would be a perfect match.

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