2018 Jeep Wrangler Getting 8-Speed Auto Transmission


It might be a long ways away, but Jeep is already planning on what will be in their next generation of Jeep Wrangler.  Automotive News got their hands on a filing the automaker filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to show that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be getting Chrysler’s eight-speed transmission.

2018 is currently when the planned redesign is slated for the Wrangler.  The eight-speed transmission that will be used is already in Chrysler vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2014 Dodge Durango.   The transmission provides much better fuel economy over the previous year.

According to the filing, “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.”

Not much else is known about what to expect from the redesign of the Wrangler.  At least we know thanks to Chrysler filings that it will be looking to improve fuel economy with a better automatic transmission.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Gets Motortrend First Test

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee - CityThe 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has sparked a long discussion about the changes done to its appearance.  Overall, I think it’s safe to say that, while there is criticism, most people are embracing what they see as a new change for the better.  It’s the age-old adage, ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t.’  Making such a drastic decision in the design shows that Jeep is serious about their brand and vehicles stays strong with the recent resurgence.  It’s a commitment to doing what is needed to ensure a future rather than being safe and sticking to what is already known.

Chrysler has also been pushing the idea of having diesel versions of their popular vehicles due to fan demand.  The 2014 Grand Cherokee is one of the many vehicles that will be getting an EcoDiesel version.  Motortrend got their hands on it and gave it the full run-through to see how it holds up.

They found there was an improvement on the fuel economy.  The base EcoDiesel is the V6 and is rated at 21 mpg for city and 28 mpg for highway.  The non-diesel is rated for 17 mpg and 24 mpg highway.  As far as it compares to its competitors, the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne, it’s pretty mixed in that it’s not much different.

What does give the 2014 Grand Cherokee the edge is it manages to provide offers for the consumers the others don’t.  One is air suspension which the competition doesn’t even have as an option.  The EcoDiesel provides a relaxed ride and is quiet.

Their conclusion is that the new Jeep is much better in what it offers drivers beyond the engine performance.  Three different four-wheel-drive systems, adjustable ride height, and easily removable front and rear fasciae all come together to give the Jeep what it needs to edge forward in value.  What the editors decided was to advise looking at the Limited trim of the Grand Cherokee which they believe to be the best for the money.

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