2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior Spied for First Time


Spy photographers have grabbed a set of clean photos showing the interior of the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler. 

A full redesign has arrived for the center stack, which incorporates Chrysler’s updated UConnect infotainment system. All the standard fare, including the HVAC controls and center-mounted window switches, are all still present, but there are some new additions to the dash worth mentioning.

First is a set of four buttons marked “auxiliary,” which are probably up-fitter switches which can be used to run numerous aftermarket upgrades. Some added comfort is coming to the Wrangler as well in the form of a heated steering wheel and dual-zone climate control.

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A “sway bar” button can also be seen, which will be used to operate the disconnecting sway bar system.

And to top it off, a stick shift is seen in this prototype, so there is a good chance that consumers will still be able to bring home a manual transmission. Powertrain options are expected to include a 3.6-liter V6, a 3.0-liter diesel and a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The new 2018 Jeep Wrangler should debut sometime before the end of 2017.

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  • something fishy

    ummmm, looks more like a Chrysler Mini van, sorry to say

  • Alexandra Lathrop

    Ugh, gross

  • Robert Plummer

    “Sway Bar”…like what’s been in the Rubicon for quite a while now…wtf would they reference a ram power wagon with that?

  • fadecomic

    Can’t wait to read all the complaints. Every new iteration of this vehicle seems to bring outrage as if the thing should’ve been pickled in 1940-something.

  • chat_box

    Still no independent suspension option? Pass… again.

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  • chat_box

    So edgy, bro.

  • I am actually thinking of buying one because there is no IRS… in my grand cherokee the IRS has caused nothing but issues for me. I lifted it 2″ and i got a vibration no one can find.. lower it back down.. fixed. With real axles i wouldn’t have that problem.

  • Why are people passing judgement on looks when you can’t even see it?

  • Independent suspension doesn’t work for real off-roaders because it doesn’t articulate, moron. Everybody who’s a real offroader knows that. If you want a mall cruiser, buy a Grand Cherokee, already.

  • Ed

    I think it looks great, but a bit too much electronics.

  • chat_box

    After I started getting some severe death wobble on my old Cherokee, it seemed like a good excuse to add a lift. That added a ton of other issues that had to be fixed. I had to lower the control arms, replace the steering control, and rotate the axle. Dumped a lot of money trying to get it right, but just couldn’t figure it out. It was a white knuckle experience driving down the highway on a windy day. Since I don’t do a lot of off-road driving these days, I’d love to see the Grand Cherokee’s suspension as an available option on a Wrangler… especially on a long drive. I know there are plenty of people that imagine themselves buying one of these $35,000 Wrangler’s for rock crawling MOAB and throw a fit over the idea, but it’s what I’d personally like.

  • chat_box

    Oh puh-lease. Go back to pirate 4×4 and join the redneck circle jerk.

  • Jody Gates

    I have no positive/negative opinion, but it does look like a LOT of electronics to fry when you get caught in the rain. That rear view mirror post though… I suppose it could be thicker.

  • Jody Gates

    Yah, I was confused by that as well… not a new feature and an odd one to call out.

  • The Swami

    a “good chance” a manual transmission will be an option? seriously? the Jeep will be the last vehicle on Earth with a manual transmission. when that’s phased out, you can rest assured no other vehicles are being made with them, the planet has imploded, or everything is now JohnnyCab/Uber.

  • Stephen Elmer

    Damn. You’re entirely right. I forgot that the current Wrangler already offered the sway bar disconnect. I have even used it!

    I updated the article to better reflect that. Thanks.

  • Joseph enrique

    Relax swami.. not the serious! Lol

  • p1bk

    Soo… more fitting for 90% of the soccer moms that drive them?

  • Andy Weyant

    Not hatin’ on it, but I marvel at how the Wrangler continues to slowly be sculpted into a “luxury” SUV on the inside. I’m all for innovation, so again, not hatin’, but the inherent beauty of a Wrangler is that you can get it dirty and wet inside and out, and not bat an eye. That’s ultimately why I went with a Wrangler and not a new Durango or Suburban…I don’t want to care when I take it into the woods. That’s just me, though. I know there are folks who buy ’em solely for their “active-cool-outdoorsy” appeal, and have no clue how to take the top off (or wouldn’t even consider it). We called those people posers when I was a kid, but to each his own.

  • Jerry Normandin

    You want solid axles for off-road capability.. not independent suspension.

  • Jerry Normandin

    It looks a bit more difficult to modify.
    I have made many mods to my JK

  • Nunya Biness

    Buy the sport version of the Wrangler then. This model is probably the Rubicon since there’s an electronic swaybar disconnect button.
    I have a 98 ZJ that I wheel hard, but I also have a 2015 Sahara because in another 10 years when I’m ready to give up the ZJ, I’ll build the Sahara and buy another nice one and keep the cycle going.
    I can’t even count the number of times someone like you sees my Sahara and makes that judgement when their rig that they think is “serious” wouldn’t keep up with my ZJ even here at the local lake.

  • chat_box

    No, I was pretty clear that I want an independent suspension. solid axles are great for rock crawling. I don’t rock crawl.

  • Andy Weyant

    I’m not trolling, no need to get up in arms. I have an Islander, so it’s not like I’m an old school “purist,” but I did cut my teeth on an old CJ back in high school. At the same time, I hear rumors like auto-roofs for future Wranglers and think it’s all just a bit much. But this is why I rarely leave comments, bc there’s always someone out there that just waiting to get defensive. Either way, Jeep wave to ya, mate.

  • Rusty Burnside

    When the transfer case lever heard the death knell, serious Jeep owners bemoaned the death of real 4 wheel drive and manual transmissions. Can we keep one thing pure? Never mess with a Jeep owner and his Jeep. The first and only true SUV…

  • marlen

    what i learned today: buy the 2017 while i still have a shot at something close to the og. agree with the other comments about a lot to fry when i drive in the rain. next thing you know they’ll take the keys away. jk, please don’t do that. please.

    if i do have to deal with gadgets in my wrangler, i hope they at least put ac in the back on the 4-door. pretty sure the kids passed out from heat exhaustion last summer. still came out a winner (they were quiet for 2 hours), but probably shouldn’t try to repeat that…?

  • Jerry Normandin

    You must be thinking going off road is driving on dirt roads. It is not.
    You need solid axles for the trails
    You need to google search for the benefits of solid axles for offroad.

    Rent one and take it on your local trail. Then rent a 4×4 with independent suspension.

    The Wrangler would be the most agile on the trails.

    Independent suspension is for pavement pounders. Not off-road.

  • Mike Fissel

    They are building and designing them with the luxury SUV crowd in mind, the 98% of the Jeep owners that never go off road. Really don’t think they care much about what the minority off-road segment wants or needs.

  • chat_box

    Nope, I’m not talking about getting a Subaru. I’ve owned plenty of off-road trucks and Jeeps. Look, the only Jeep that doesn’t have a fully independent suspension is a Wrangler, and they all handle the Rubicon trails just fine. Hell man, plenty of guys take fully independent suspension trucks through the toughest races in the world… check out King of the Hammers. Shannon Campbell has won the race with fully independent suspension setups, and his last one used a setup with IFS and solid rear axle. I’d love to watch some pro-axle shade tree mechanic lecture him on what a fool he is. Talk about Google, go do a search for “lil’ blue jeep”. That’s Jeep’s own research about solid axles versus independent suspensions and they concluded that independent suspensions are superior. The only reason they keep solid axles is some conventional belief that solids are better… but it has no basis in reality. Guys that like to jack up their trucks prefer solid axles because it’s a cheap no-brainer.

  • Stoney

    Yep, happens with every new version. And then, shortly after introduction, the new Wrangler is better than ever! Amazing how that happens! The aftermarket will be all about new goodies, and by the time SEMA hits, there’ll be hundreds of new, cool items to bolt on or weld on… Just watch!

  • Jerry Normandin

    Nope… Rock and Rough trail crawling is best handled with solid axles. The 4×4 Silverado I had from 97 – 2002 could never handle the trails I take with my JK

  • Antho

    Literally sold my Jk because my 2 year old would never cool off in the back. Hardtop with hot head liner and all. Sad to see how the Jk is going but then again when the went to 4 doors it opened a can of worms for soccer moms.

  • upthedownsteroids

    I wouldn’t go that far, seeing the backlash,of solid axle vs Independent suspension, they decided to stick with the solid. Alot of the repeat buyers actually use it off road and some luxury is welcome. On the otherhand how much is luxury gonna be a problem with water, dust and abuse…..

  • Denny Chulo

    My question is, when All those fancy electronics get wet on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler without removing the top of my Jeep are they going to fix it under the warranty or like my dealer told me once “it’s a Jeep”. I told him to put it in writing. (Google search water issues with Jeep Wranglers.) If I wanted a Durango I would had bought one, BUY a 2017 Jeep Wrangler before they kill it. Don’t understand, but they can address so many other issues with the Jeep Wrangler.