2018 Jeep Changes
All of the 2018 model year changes at Jeep: Cherokee Sport axed, Compass Limited offers FWD, Trackhawk Grand Cherokee with 707 horsepower, all-new Wrangler JL, etc.
Cherokee Sport is discontinued, so the Latitude is now the least expensive trim. Among other things, fog lights, High-Intensity Discharge Headlights (xenon) and automatic headlights with light sensors are now standard on the Cherokee.
Dubbed the "new Compass" as it was sold alongside the original Dodge Caliber-derived model for 2017, the all-new version stays mostly the same for 2018. Now the Compass Classic is gone. Compass Limited is now available in front-wheel-drive, previously all-wheel-drive, only.
Dual zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 115-volt household electrical outlet are now also available on Compass Sport.
The huge-ass news is of course that Hellcat power is now available in the luxury sport utility from Jeep. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk carries all 707 horsepower in its 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8.
As the EPA leftovers from the previous administration war with FCA and diesels in general, the future of the 3.0-liter diesel option is not fully certain. Fuel mileage ratings for the 2018 version are not available, evidence that its certification is not certain.
In lesser Grand Cherokee news, all models get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, standard. Active noise cancellation, previously only available on Grand Cherokee Summit is now optional or standard on all except Laredo models, included with the Alpine 9-speaker stereo system. Headlight washers are now available on all except Laredo, included with HID headlights or Trailhawk Luxury Group. Seven inch media center replaces the old 5-inch model as standard.
Buried in a small military ceremony.
Backup camera is now standard on all Renegade models.
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard on Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk; optional on Sport. Interior is adjusted to make a little more storage room in the front seat console.
Dual zone automatic climate control is now optional on Renegade Sport; standard on all other trims.
This is the last year for the Wrangler JK before its redesign. To commemorate it, Jeep is adding "JK" badges just to make sure you know you're buying an obsolete Wrangler, or if you're more optimistic, the last of the real Wranglers.
In addition, a bunch of special editions will usher out this generation of Wrangler: Golden Eagle Edition, Freedom Edition, and Altitude Edition.
The new Wrangler retains its solid front and rear axles (the Mercedes G-Class is the only other so-equipped) with the coil springs it got in the nineties.
Two new engines join the 3.6 Pentastar DOHC V6, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (a slip, typo or joke on a registration credits it with 368 horsepower; not true.) and a 3.0-liter turbo diesel, borrowed from the Grand Cherokee. An 8-speed automatic replaces the older 6-speed. A six-speed manual is still available.
The oldest continually sold ragtop in the world finally gets a power top option.
Full-time all-wheel-drive will be offered, in addition to the Wrangler's more traditional part-time off-pavement version.