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2018 Jeep Wrangler Mule Spied Again!

Truck Trend logo Truck Trend 2015-09-24 Edward A. Sanchez
2018 Jeep Wrangler Mule Spied Again!

Test mules of the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler are being seen testing once again, complete with wiring harnesses and even one with what appears to be a microphone near the tailpipe, possibly for European drive-by noise compliance. Since we brought you the last batch of spy shots, we’ve found out a little more about the next Wrangler. We have it on pretty good authority that there will be a pickup version, possibly a year out from the introduction of the 2-door Wrangler and 4-door Wrangler Unlimited models.

Whereas all JK models have offered just one engine option, initially the 3.8L OHV V-6 and later the 3.6L Pentastar V-6, the next Wrangler is expected to offer at least two, and possibly more, engine options. The next-generation Pentastar V-6 will have a higher compression ratio and a cooled EGR system to meet future emissions requirements. Interestingly, as most of the rest of the industry is transitioning to direct fuel injection, the updated Pentastar retains port fuel injection, a tacit admission of the high particulate emissions from GDI engines, as can be seen from the many newer cars with black soot around the tailpipes.

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FCA has hinted at an optional diesel for the next Wrangler, but the VW TDI emissions scandal may have put a chill on future diesels, even as FCA claims its diesel models are fully compliant with EPA standards in real-world conditions. The diesel could either be the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 found in the Ram and Grand Cherokee or an I-4 diesel with an emphasis on fuel economy. Transmissions are expected to be an eight-speed automatic and a six-speed manual. The fuel tank in these mules hangs lower than usual for JKs, suggesting the underpinnings have been modified to accommodate new hardware. But fear not, traditionalists: The next Wrangler will continue to have live axles front and rear. Jeep promises it will be “the most capable Wrangler ever.”

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