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Update, 12/13/17: We’ve finally driven the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and you can read everything we have to say about this icon. Jeep also announced pricing for the 2018 Wrangler. The two-door Wrangler Sport starts at $26,995 and a four-door Wrangler Rubicon starts at $40,495.
At this point, we know pretty much all there is to know about the 2018 Wrangler, so for more specs, details and photos, check out our dispatch from its debut at the LA Auto Show.
The current, JK-generation Jeep Wrangler has been on sale for over 10 years, and an all-new Wrangler is on its way for 2018. The new Wrangler, the JL, is easily one of the most anticipated trucks of the year, and thankfully we won’t have to wait long to see it. But before it makes its official debut, here’s everything we know about the 2018 Wrangler.
It Looks Like This Inside
On November 8th, Jeep released pictures of the 2018 Wrangler’s interior. With the latest version of Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, it looks like a huge improvement over the previous-generation Wrangler. The car pictured also shows off its six-speed manual transmission with pride.
It’ll Probably Cost Around $2500 More Than Last Year’s Model
Just a day after Jeep pulled a surprise move and released three pictures of the 2018 JL Wrangler, pricing briefly showed up on the automaker’s homepage. A JLWranglerforums.com user saw that the 2018 Wrangler Unlimited started at $30,445—$2550 more than the 2017 JK Unlimited. Pricing for other model variants hasn’t been announced—intentionally or not—just yet.
Dealer Ordering Is Open
First uncovered by the JLWranglerForums, and confirmed to us by a knowledgeable insider, dealer ordering for the 2018 Wrangler has begun. That means that dealers can let Jeep know how many 2018 Wranglers they’d like to receive for the first shipment. You can head to a dealer and register your interest, which will hopefully get you an early-production example, but you can’t custom order one yet. That’ll come later.
It Begins Production Later This Year
Our friends at Roadshow discovered a slide in Fiat Chrysler’s third-quarter results presentation that confirms the 2018 Wrangler will begin production later this year. It also confirms that we’ll finally see the truck next month. Hell yes.
It Can Tow Around 3500 Pounds
According to apparently leaked documents acquired by Jalopink , the 2018 Wrangler will be able to tow 3500 lbs regardless of which engine is equipped. The Wrangler will also have between 1075 and 1310 lbs of payload capacity, depending on specification. Jalopnik also figured out that the lightest Wrangler, a 2.0-liter Sport will weigh around 3800 lbs while the heaviest, a 3.0-liter diesel Rubicon weighs around 4400 lbs.
It’ll Debut at the LA Auto Show
The first 2018 Wranglers are expected to roll off the line at Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio assembly plant in mid-November, with a public reveal scheduled not long after. It’s understood that the Wrangler will debut at the LA Auto Show, which means we’ll finally get to see it in the metal sometime in the last week of November.
Automotive News reports that given this launch timeline, the 2018 Wrangler should arrive in dealers early next year.