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2018 JL Jeep Wrangler Changes – What's different from the 2017 JK

It’s here - Finally! ExtremeTerrain is proud to announce the arrival of our new 2018 JL Wrangler!  With this latest addition to our fleet, we wanted to celebrate by sending you our 1st video featuring our JLU and a super in-depth overview.  Who’s ready for a JL jubilee?

In true ExtremeTerrain style, our host Ryan Huck provides, not only a walk-around and overview but, his in-depth dissection for future modifications and JL aftermarket offerings.

Bringing fresh energy and futuristic, cutting edge design to the tried-and-true Jeep, the 2018 JL Jeep Wrangler keeps the best features of the JK, but takes this super-popular off-road vehicle in exciting new directions, too! Featuring weight-saving aluminum panels in the doors, tailgate, and other locations, the JL pares off about 200 lbs for modest fuel mileage gains – you can expect 18/23 mpg city/highway in some trims.

The removable top that gives you plenty of fresh air and sunshine on your safari has always been a key feature of the Wrangler, but with the 2018 JL, the top has gotten an upgrade, too, including choices for a 3-piece modular hard top, a zipperless soft top that can be put on or taken off in a jiffy, and a retractable power top on some trims. Continuing down from the roof, the windshield folds down like the 2017 JK’s, but only 4 bolts need to be loosened compared to the older generation’s 28.

Weak standard Jeep lighting is addressed by an LED light and headlight package, bringing brilliant “artificial daylight” to the overnight trail or highway right out of the showroom. “ParkView” backup cameras, standard in most trims and never before seen in a factory Jeep Wrangler, add to safety, whether it’s backing out of the driveway or reversing carefully over tricky ground off-road. With raised fenders, a reworked suspension, and careful off-road oriented design, the Rubicon can fit up to 35” tires without a lift kit installation.

Other improvements are less obvious but also provide benefits – a taller windshield creates a better field of view, while improved steering and cruise control sharply rein in the Wrangler’s tendency to wander. And there are plenty more adjustments that help make the 2018 JL Wrangler a major leap forward from the 2017 JK in terms of comfort, features, and off-road mobility, making this the most versatile Jeep to wrangle a trail to date.

Visit ExtremeTerrain to view the video and read more about the exciting new 2018 JL Wrangler.

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