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2018 Jeep Wrangler Expected to have an 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

UnknownThere is a long-awaited anticipation for the year 2018. Why you ask? For Jeep enthusiasts, it’s because the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected to be equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This new transmission should help deliver radical new fuel economy, something that will save Wrangler drivers thousands of dollars in fuel costs in the long run. Although Jeep won’t discuss all of the details associated with the announcement, there’s good reason to believe the Wrangler will feature that new transmission.

The company mentioned in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, “The 8-speed transmission is currently paired with gasoline and diesel engines in the 2014 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee and is also featured in the new 2014 Dodge Durango. We plan to use this transmission in all of our rear-wheel-drive vehicles, except for heavy-duty versions of the Ram pick-up truck and the SRT Viper.”

It’s important to note that there are a few other changes expected to happen to the Jeep Wrangler for 2018. Aside from the transmission upgrade, Chrysler is also going to fit the vehicle with an aluminum body. The Jeep Wrangler hasn’t experienced changes like these for quite some time. In fact, the last time it underwent major changes was in 2006. Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler CEO, said that the goal was to help make the Jeep Wrangler lighter, as well as dramatically improve fuel economy. Despite all of this good news, there are still a few things not known. Check out Chapman Jeep Las Vegas to learn more about this exciting change!

For example, is the 2018 Jeep Wrangler going to keep its stock solid axles? At the moment, Dana Holding Corp is providing them. The solid axles are important because they are essentially what provide the Jeep Wrangler with the ability to go “off-road”. But, if the company were to switch to an independent suspension then this would dramatically increase overall fuel efficiency.

Chrysler didn’t give any mention as to what they were going to do about their rear axles for their future Wrangler models. However, there are some clues for enthusiasts to watch out for. For example, the company’s CEO purchased all new machinery and equipment. But they wouldn’t comment on whether or not this equipment was designed to upgrade the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. Learn more about the latest and greatest Jeep Wrangler inventory at Chapman Jeep Las Vegas.

Currently, the Jeep Wrangler comes available as either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. As previously mentioned, the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission pretty much confirmed that the Jeep Wrangler is going to be acquiring a new automatic transmission. More specifically, in this filing, the company confirmed that it would be using the eight-speed transmission that is currently found in the Ram 1500 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

This filing also mentioned that the ZF eight-speed automatic is nearly 10 percent more fuel efficient than the current five-speed models. The real question remains: why is the company waiting so long to implement this dramatic change? The answer: Because the eight-speed automatic transmission doesn’t fit in the current models, which is why we will all need to wait until 2018 to experience it.

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