The exterior of the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler won't change much, but the cabin will get a major upgrade, spy photographs indicate.
The next-generation Wrangler — known internally by the "JL" body code — will receive the latest version of Fiat Chrysler's 8.4-inch touch-screen Uconnect infotainment system.
Among the details spotted:
- Center-mount window controls remain, indicating the doors will still be removable.
- Heated seats and steering wheel will be options, as will dual-zone climate control.
- Four auxiliary control buttons have been integrated into the center stack, allowing easier installation and integration of aftermarket equipment such as exterior light bars and winches.
- An optional manual transmission will augment the move to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
- The instrument panel abandons soft-surface styling in favor of color-accented vertical metal panels, at least on some trims.
- A 7-inch screen will be incorporated into the instrument cluster.
The JL Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited will go into production in November on an assembly line being retooled on the north side of FCA's Toledo Assembly Complex. That line built the Jeep Cherokee, which has been moved to Belvidere, Ill.