Fouth-Generation Jeep Wrangler To Launch In India: What To Expect From This SUV?

by Mohammed Burman | 27/10/2018
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The iconic SUV of Jeep – the Wrangler is ready to be launched in the India auto market and recently has been spotted testing undisguised in Indian road.

Like the outgoing model, the new one will be imported from the USA as a CBU (Completely Built Unit). In this new generation, the 2018 Indian Jeep Wrangler will experience considerable cosmetic and feature updates as well as some mechanical tweaks.

1. 2018 Jeep Wrangler Launch Date

The Wrangler was first disclosed at the 2017 SEMA Show in Nevada next at Las Vegas 2017 and then LA Motor Show in November last year, followed by its European introduction at the Geneva Motor Show this year. This SUV has been available in the USA, China, Russia and Europe and now under the final testing process in India. Jeep has not officially confirmed the official launch date of the 4X4 SUV, but it is believed to be in the late 2018 or early 2019.

2018 Jeep Wrangler black colour angular look

2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected to be launched in India in the late 2018 or early 2019

2. 2018 Jeep Wrangle Exterior

Two models of the 2018 Wrangle have been imported to India by Jeep: 3-door and 5-door versions. In terms of design, the 2018 Jeep Wrangle appears to be more robust and luxurious than its predecessors. The vehicle will come with considerable cosmetic upgrades. However, before going to the changes, let’s discuss the unchanged features first.

The ladder frame and strong steel body will be maintained. The hood, the doors and the windshield will be made of aluminium whereas the tailgate will be made of magnesium. The typical round headlamps and vertical grille are also borrowed from the outgoing model.

In terms of the changes, the SUV will come with a brighter and bolder front bumper, newly-designed front fenders. The headlamps will be equipped with new LED projector units and LED DRLs.

 2018 Jeep Wrangler black colour

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler front may maintain some features as well as receive some tweaks

The side windows are now raised a bit higher. Moreover, it will also come with foldable windshield, brand-new black door handles, prominent wheel arches with black cladding, outside rear-view mirror and roof.

2018 Jeep Wrangler black colour side profile

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler side profile will come with a higher side windows

In the rear, it receives larger tail lamps; the rear window equipped with a spare tyre is now placed a bit lower for the driver to have a better visibility in the rear.

2018 India Jeep Wrangler rear black colour

The rear window of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is now positioned a little lower for a greater visibility

Like the current model, this new one is available in different six colour options:

  • Rhino

  • Black

  • Granite Crystal Metallic

  • Bright White

  • Billet Silver Metallic

  • Firecracker Red

3. 2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior

Remarkable improvements have been also made in the 2018 Jeep Wrangle interior. To be more specific, a wide range of new comfort, connectivity and safety features will be added to the Indian-spec model.

Comfort and connectivity features

The most noticeable change will be a brand-new touchscreen infotainment system, which is the Jeep’s UConnect one. This new system can support Bluetooth, Android devices, Siri for Apple devices connectivity. It will be offered with a 7.0-inch and an 8.4-inch touchscreen options. Both of these come with a dual-tone temperature control system, but the satellite navigation is only available with the latter. Considering the harsh climate in India, the dual-tone temperature control system is of great importance. Important information will be provided by the system such as off-roading information, latitude, longitude and altitude as well as oil-pressure temperature. An Alpine Premium Sound System which supports speakers will also be provided for the purpose of entertainment.

Heated seats and driving wheel will also be provided on this new SUV. Jeep will add length to the 2018 Wrangler’s wheelbase as well as overhangs in the front and rear on the four-door model. This means that the passengers in the front and rear seats will have more room. The 2018 Wrangle will continue to sport the exceptional leather trim with embroidered stitching upholstery borrowed from the current model.

2018 India Jeep Wrangler interior

The 2018 India Jeep Wrangler interior is now equipped with a list of advanced features

Safety features

The new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will leave the passengers with no doubt or worry about safety because it offers a full kit of safety features including

 A  Dynamic Steering Torque technology, which will alter the steering rate, depending on the road states and speed

  • Multistage front airbags

  • Reverse camera

  • Dynamic stability control (DSC)

  • Electronic Roll Mitigation

  • Braking assist system

  • Traction control system

  • Rear parking sensor

  • Blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic warning

  • Event data recorders

2018 India Jeep Wrangler red colour shot from the high

With a nearly full kit of safety features, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will leave the Indian auto customers with no worry

4. 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s Practicality and Off-road Performance

The new Wrangler SUV will continue to sport an ample storage space with 60/40 split and foldable seats. The central console and lockable easy-to-access storage bin will offer passengers abundant room to store the precious things. Storage space will also be available under the rear cargo of the SUV; plus storage net will also be provided on all doors. The most noteworthy thing is that the interior is washable with drain plugs.

Being a vehicle specifically designed for of off-road conditions, the new Jeep Wrangler has a list of off-road-adjusted technologies. For example, some models are equipped with removable bumper end caps for the vehicle to adjust approach angles and adjust departure. The ground clearance is 275mm with 44o approach and 37o departure angle. The Rubicon model comes with a large 33-inch tyre package on 17-inch wheels for off-road travel. All of which contribute to the new Wrangler SUV’s great performance when going off-road.

018 Indian Jeep Wrangler off-road

The 2018 Indian Jeep Wrangler is great for going off-road

5. 2018 Jeep Wrangler Mechanical Specifications 

The new 2018 Indian-spec Jeep Wrangler is expected to be on offer with 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol and 2.8-litre CRD turbocharged diesel motors, both of which come mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. While the former can churn out 245bhp of power and 347Nm of torque at 4,300rp, the latter can produce a power of 197.2bhp and a torque of 460Nm at 1,600rpm – 2,600rpm. The mileage of the two models is 9.5kmpl and 12kmpl, respectively.

2018 Indian Jeep Wrangler on water

The 2018 Indian Jeep Wrangler is expected to be powered by both petrol and diesel engine

6. 2018 Jeep Wrangler Price

Despite the remarkable exterior and interior upgrades, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler price in India is expected to be kept the same.

Refer to the table below to check 2018 Jeep Wrangler 2018 Price in India.

 Versions Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) 
 Petrol variants   Rs 58.74 lakh
 Diesel variants   Rs 71.59 lakh

Jeep’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, USA will remain to be the production plant of the 2018 Jeep Wrangle. The new SUV will be imported to India as a CBU vehicle.

 7. Final thoughts on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The 2018 Indian Jeep Wrangler will look more robust and masculine than the existing model because of the comprehensive exterior changes. The cabin will also be improved with a multitude of advanced features. The engine is expected to remain that of the current version on both petrol and diesel options. Given the road conditions in India, this SUV turns out to be the best option for auto buyers. However, the price, which has not been confirmed for the Indian auto market, appears to be the determining factor to whether the SUV will be welcome in this emerging but potential market or not.

2018 Indian Jeep Wrangler on snow

The price will determine whether the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be popular in the Indian auto market or not

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