Take the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Off-Road

2018 Jeep Wrangler 

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler for sale in Independence, Missouri is an all-new offering in that it sports many design changes and new features that keep it ahead of the game. This is particularly true in the off-road department. It has been rebuilt from the ground up with the express purpose to handle severe off-road conditions including large logs, rocks, mud, rivers, gutters, and whatever the outdoors can throw at it. Added features, redesigns, and more choices have made an already proven off-road vehicle substantially better.

For starters, every 2018 Jeep Wrangler has earned a "Trail Related" badge. This badge of honor denotes the successful completion of a full range of grueling off-road tasks in the toughest terrain imaginable. These tests are not for the faint of heart. They provide an objective measure of a vehicle's ability to deliver superb off-road performance while proving its ability to withstand harsh conditions. Needless to say, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler passed with flying colors. It did so with the addition of an assortment of new features, technical innovations, and time-proven capabilities from the past.

Getting the Basics for Off-Roading Right

Let's start with two of the most critical attributes in an off-road vehicle - ground clearance and traction. The 2018 Wrangler comes with much larger all-terrain tires. It sports incredibly large 33-inch all-terrain tires that are substantially bigger than before. This addition adds ground clearance as well as a larger surface area that allows for greater traction and lower power requirements on those slippery slopes. In the end, the Wrangler has the traction to handle the most rugged and unpredictable driving conditions.

Power is also a fundamental consideration for serious off-road adventures. Two engines are offered on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. An enhanced 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine is back with improved performance. It maintains its 285 horsepower with 260 pounds per foot of torque but does so with improved efficiency. It now delivers 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway making it the most fuel-efficient Wrangler model ever. The other engine option is an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder. It is equipped with eTorque mild hybrid technology that blends performance enhancing and fuel-saving technologies to optimize powertrain effectiveness and efficiency. It delivers the needed torque and it's the first-ever hybrid engine option that Jeep has ever offered.

Keeping Power on the Ground

While power is important, any self-respecting off-road enthusiast knows the value of suspension for both a nice ride and, perhaps more importantly, to keep the power where it needs to be. Power is useless if the wheels are not making contact with the ground to ensure good traction. Good suspension and axle articulation were key design considerations for the 2018 Wrangler. Every step was taken including the integration of the Sway Bar Disconnect system. Standard on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, this system allows one to disconnect the vehicles sway bar, allowing the front-wheels to drop and compress. This results in improved suspension movement on very uneven off-road surfaces.

The Tru-Lok electronic locking differential rounds out the traction battle by evenly distributing power to the wheels. Needless wheel spinning is eliminated and power is used effectively in the most challenging conditions including those with different surfaces and angles.

Drivetrain Options

All of the aforementioned 4x4 attributes, while very important, are of no use if power can't be transferred to the wheels efficiently.

Jeep as rolled over 75 years of 4x4 mastery into the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The 2018 Wrangler is available with three different 4x4 drivetrain systems each with its own unique qualities. The Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems provide proven off-road capabilities and the new Selec-Trac Full-Time 4x4 system provides more flexibility and efficiency.

The Command-Trac 4x4 system is equipped with NV241 GII transfer case with a time-proven shift-on-the-fly system. This system features a 2.72:1 low range for major rock crawling with neutral for flat towing.

The legendary Rock-Trac 4x4 system is back and is standard on the Rubicon. The Rock-Trac provides more control, more torque, and offers the next level of off-road performance. It brandishes the tough-as-nails NV241 transfer case with a 4:1 low gear ratio. This low-gear ratio can supply an 84:1 crawl ratio when equipped with the manual transmission.

The Finishing Touches

Added features take the already solid 4x4 capabilities of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler to the point of perfection. Navigating tight spots and dodging unexpected obstacles is no problem due to the Wrangler's precision steering and optimized wheelbase. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been re-engineered with a tight turning radius to improve it steering precision and versatility. Hill Descent Control is available that allows one to control speed when going downhill over rough terrain. It allows the driver to concentrate on the all-important task of steering without the need to ride the brake.

Standard on the Rubicon are rock rails that help the Wrangler slide over rocks and other obstacles. A winch-capable steel front bumper is also available that features removable endcaps for improved off-road preparedness.

Adding it all up, there is little doubt as to why the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was named "4x4 of the Decade" by Four Wheeler magazine. There is also little doubt that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon will maintain the current dynasty while spreading its advantages to Jeep Wranglers in different configurations. Adding to the all-new 2018 Jeep are more options, innovations, features, and choices that are made available to fit the bill for any customer. In the end, the Jeep has improved an already highly capable off-road vehicle while giving consumer more choices.

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