Lengthy Shift Lever Fans, Rejoice: Next-Gen Wrangler Will receive a Stick Shift
The #SaveTheManuals crew can breathe a sigh of relief. It appears as though the approaching 2018 Jeep Wrangler will not be a computerized-only model in the end.
Spy shots of the Wrangler test mules interior shows a six-speed stick shift, meaning Fiat Chrysler Automobiles got word from proprietors the tranny option was worth saving.
In May, we found that FCA executives were hanging out the 2016 Overland Expo, asking proprietors the things they considered the potential of ditching row-your-own versions from the next-generation Wrangler. Going through existing inventories, roughly 10 % of Wranglers leave all having a stick shift, and lots of auto pundits agree the system isnt a pleasure to function.
Messing an excessive amount of using the Jeepiest of Jeeps is really a recipe for revolt, so FCA most likely felt it had been far better to leave the damn factor alone.
We all know the 2018 Wrangler will obtain a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, however the next manual may be a brand new unit. The photos show another shift lever, and reverse gear continues to be moved in the lower to upper left position.
Expect the stick shift to become offered on lower-finish trims, mated towards the 3.6-liter V6, and perhaps the approaching 3.-liter diesel V6. Jeep is anticipated to provide a turbocharged 2.-liter Hurricane four being an upgrade, though its doubtful the roughly 300 horsepower unit will receive a stick shift mate. The Hurricane engine had been spied undergoing testing inside a Wrangler.
Aside from the new engines and transmissions, the following-generation Wrangler might find weight-saving measures and aerodynamic tweaks targeted at wringing every last little bit of fuel useage from the boxy model.