2018 Jeep Wrangler to Gain Eight-Speed Auto

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Jeep’s off-road enthusiast focused Wrangler SUV will be significantly more fuel efficient for the 2018 model year.

The iconic utility vehicle is slated to be fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission that will ease its fuel consumption. Chrysler currently uses the same transmission in the Ram 1500 pickup truck, the Dodge Durango SUV and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV. Jeep hasn’t officially announced the change, but a filing with the SEC originally reported by Automotive News is tipping the brand’s plans.

According to the filing, Jeep expects the Wrangler to return nine percent better fuel economy when equipped with the eight-speed than it currently does with a five-speed automatic. Currently the five-speed automatic Wrangler is rated to return 17 MPG in city driving and 21 MPG on the highway.

The Wrangler is slated to be re-designed for 2018 with an aluminum body that will also enhance fuel economy. Chrysler needs to improve average fuel economy across the Jeep line and a smaller displacement engine than the current 3.6-liter V6 will be necessary to do so in the Wrangler, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has said.

Other efficiency-minded changes are afoot at Chrysler. The company plans to produce its next-generation plug-in hybrid Town & Country minivan at its Windsor, Canada assembly plant.

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[Source: Automotive News]

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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  • Britton H. Britton H. on Dec 11, 2014

    Government regulations *smh*

    • Labrat0116 Labrat0116 on Dec 26, 2014

      Yea, I agree! Let's get rid of all Gov regulations all together! Life is too short. We want Smash-n-Grab, Rape,Pillage and Burn forever ! Let the poor peasant slave people and the elderly eat our dust ! Those losers are getting in the way of OUR money! We are the chosen people that "deserve" to have it all ! Wall Street and Big Bankers RULE !

  • Jackson Andrew Lewis Jackson Andrew Lewis on Dec 11, 2014

    still no redesign.... no hemi..... same crappy pentastar......seriously we need a stronger jeep people.....

    • Labrat0116 Labrat0116 on Dec 26, 2014

      Crappy Pentastar ? What did you do to yours ? My 3.6 could not be a better engine! That of course is after the Recall to replace the defective head. :rolleyes: Other than that, it has more power than any of us could realistically use.