Jeep Wrangler rides into SEMA on new Mopar performance axles

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Mopar is unveiling Jeep Performance Parts axles as the latest off-road accessory to the Jeep Wrangler, which itself won the “4×4/SUV of the Year” honors at SEMA for the ninth consecutive year. The show opens Tuesday and continues through Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Mopar teamed with longtime partner and auto supplier Dana to develop the axles, which are co-branded under the name JPP Ultimate Dana 44 AdvanTEK. They’re installed on a Nacho Wrangler concept at Mopar’s 15,345-square-foot display.

The high-strength axles are built in the U.S. and feature gear technology that reduces gear set packaging, with added strength and overall rigidity for the trail. The high-clearance carrier design adds an extra half-inch of ground clearance, with an expanded range of gear ratios (4.56, 4.88, 5.13 and 5.38) to accommodate for more tire sizes. Chromoly axle shafts, thicker quarter-inch steel bracket mounts, 9.5-millimeter tubes and upgraded U-joints also add durability, while a nodular iron differential cover adds rugged looks, and its ribbing adds strength and rigidity.

The direct bolt-in assembly allows for use of OEM components and includes electronic differential lockers already installed.

The axles will be available for purchase starting next month.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Moab splits the Sahara and Rubicon gap

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We knew it was coming, and it’s pretty much what we were expecting. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition is now official, is available solely as a four-door Unlimited Model with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, and splits the gap between the luxury-biased Sahara and the off-road-ready Rubicon. It’s easily identifiable by the big Moab lettering on the hood, but there’s a lot more to this limited edition model besides its graphics.

The Moab borrows its hood and steel bumpers, complete with removable end caps, from the Rubicon. The 17-inch wheels are painted in a low-gloss black that matches the headlight surrounds, grill inserts, and tow hooks, and are shod in 32-inch mud-terrain tires. LED lighting clusters are standard front and rear. Rock rails from the Rubicon are standard, but the Sahara’s side steps are a no-cost option for owners who don’t plan to do any hardcore rock crawling.

Jeep’s new Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive two-speed transfer case is also standard equipment, which means all Wrangler Moab models will have an eight-speed automatic transmission. A limited-slip rear differential is also standard. The Safety Group, which includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection and a rear backup camera, is included along with an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system.

A leather interior package comes standard on the Moab and includes contrast stitching on the seats and dash. Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Punk’n Metallic (orange), Mojito! (green), Black, Bright White, Sting Gray, Ocean Blue Metallic and Firecracker Red are all available on the Moab, which leaves the recently introduced Hellayella (bright yellow) as the only stock color that’s not offered on the Moab. A body-color hard top comes standard on the Moab, and the Dual Top Group and power-operated Sky top are optional.

Jeep didn’t release pricing when it announced the 2018 Wrangler Moab, but an ordering guide showing a starting price of $52,695 out the door has already made the internet rounds. That makes the Moab Edition Jeep’s priciest Wrangler package… so far.

[Source: Autoblog]

Jeep Wrangler pickup’s rear suspension is inspired by Ram

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Although we’ve learned about all there is to know about the new Jeep Wrangler, there is still more to discover about its upcoming truck sibling, such as the rear suspension. We knew it would be coil-sprung, but these new spy shots also indicate that the suspension is more similar to what’s under a Ram 1500 than the Wrangler SUV.

In the gallery above, the first two images compare the rear suspension of a new-generation 2018 Wrangler (left) and the Wrangler pickup (right). Immediately obvious is that the shocks on the Wrangler SUV are mounted at the back of the axle, while the truck’s shocks are mounted at the front. It’s also possible to see that the anti-roll bar on the SUV is mounted quite high up, while the truck’s bar sits much lower, near the base of the rear axle.

The third image shows a Ram 1500 on the left and the Wrangler pickup on the right. Here we can see that the Ram shares the same sort of low-mounted anti-roll bars and forward-mounted shocks, along with a Panhard rod. The two aren’t quite the same, though. For one thing, the Wrangler pickup’s rear axle looks more like the Wrangler SUV’s than the one on the Ram.

It’s possible that these suspension changes were made in an effort to boost the Wrangler truck’s payload capabilities. It’s also possible that there are some handling quirks to the long truck body style for which a Ram-style suspension was better suited. We’ll look forward to learning more about the differences when the truck is revealed, likely in early 2019.

[Source: Autoblog]

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon two-door soft top spied

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Last week our spy photographers caught a view of the new Jeep Wrangler in four-door hardtop guise. Now, we’ve got a look at the classic of classics: a two-door Wrangler with a soft top.

The photographer thinks it’s a Wrangler Rubicon, with what appears to be the JL model’s take on the “power dome” vented hood design that’s from the current JK model. He says the soft top looks more refined with a more fluid shape than before, but you Jeep fans can be the judge of that.

We also get a look at all the classic Jeep touches like the hood latches and folding windshield, along with the new touches like LED taillights that we saw in last week’s shots of the four-door.

[Source: Autoblog]

Jeep Wrangler Scrambler pickup truck spy shots reveal top and lighting details

Several spy shots have come out that give us further insight into the new Jeep Wrangler Scrambler pickup truck. Among them are some photos of a prototype being driven near FCA test facilities. They show that the Wranglerwill have LED headlights available similar to those on the SUV model, as well as the new Renegade revealed for Europe. They also show the taillights of the pickup, though they appear to be units from a previous-generation JK Wrangler. They’re probably placeholders for the new model’s lights.

These photos also include images of the truck’s interior. The dashboard is a mash-up of old pieces, including a JK Wrangler dash, and a Chrysler-badged steering wheel. But the important part of these photos is that they show parts of a normal Wrangler SUV roll cage, and latches holding down roof panels. These are evidence that the production model will have a removable roof.

Further evidence comes from photos taken by someone from the Jeep aftermarket part company Artec Industries was checking out the factory in Toledo, Ohio. The images were brought to our attention by Jeep Scrambler Forum, and they show an unfinished Wrangler pickup body sitting in the doorway to the painting facility. The photo is below, and it confirms a number of details.

[Source: Autoblog]

Rocket League gets a Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler add-on

The popular car sports game Rocket League is getting a Jurassic World DLC Pack. The download will include two Jeep Wranglers with Jurassic World blue and Jurassic Park orange team decals. Learn more at Rocketleague.com

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Rocket League’s prehistoric add-on: The popular car sports game is getting a Jurassic World DLC Pack. The download will include two Jeep Wranglers with Jurassic World blue and Jurassic Park orange team decals.

For the real diehards in the audience, both vehicles will share the hit box from the player-favorite “Octane” car. The cars will come with unique wheels and engine audio.

Rocket League claims the cars will be “a spitting image” of the Jeeps from the films. An awesome new goal — explosion in the shape of a T-rex — is also included in the pack. As well as a themed topper, three player banners and three antennas.

The DLC will cost $1.99 and will be available on all platforms June 18. Are you looking forward to the download?

[Source: Autoblog]

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL order guide leaks, ordering open Portland Jeep dealer

It’s been a big day for Jeep news. Earlier today, a leaked timeline revealed that the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will make its debut sometime in November, likely at either SEMA or the Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, thanks to our friends at JL Wrangler Forums, we have news that an order guide has leaked and order banks are open. That means you should be able to go to a Jeep dealer and place an order for a new Wrangler now. This order guide only covers the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, but it gives us a pretty clear look at the new model.

At launch, the Wrangler Unlimited will come in three trims – Sport, Sahara and Rubicon. The only available engine will be FCA’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Those hoping for a diesel will have to wait a little while longer. All three models will offer both a manual and automatic transmission. While the current model is available in a wide range of colors, initially only five – Billet Silver, Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red and Granite Crystal – will be offered.

Poring over the guide shows that features line-up pretty closely with the current model. Hardtops are still optional, as is leather on the Sahara and Rubicon. It doesn’t look like you’ll be able to get a Sport with a body-color top and the dual-top option for the Rubicon is only listed on the order banks with a black hardtop. The Sahara and Rubicon both have optional trailer hitches and the Rubicon has an optional steel bumper.

There’s lots we still don’t know, but look for more news in the next month or so after the new Wrangler finally debuts.