2018 Jeep Wrangler Dashboard: A Detailed Breakdown
Based on the first images of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler dashboard, here is a breakdown of the changes.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will make its grand debut later this month at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, but thanks to today’s brief press release from FCA, we have our first good look at the interior of the next generation SUV. There was no information accompanying these two images of the all-new Wrangler cabin, but the pictures tell the story here – with a fairly extensive redesign to the layout of the dashboard.
At first glance, anyone with a 2017 (or similar) Wrangler will recognize the vast differences between the 2018 Wrangler and the current models, but here is a quick rundown of the key changes. (The 2017 Wrangler dashboard is shown at the end of this piece for reference.)
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler has two large analog gauge pods on the outside of the configurable driver’s information screen, similar to what is featured on the current Ram 1500. The 2017 models have two large analog gauges in the middle, flanked by two smaller gauge pods on the edge of the cluster.
The new Wrangler will feature the latest version of Chrysler’s award-wining UConnect system, mounted high on the dash. This system will feature extensive touch-screen capabilities along with a few traditional knobs just below the screen; as well as the buttons on the steering wheel. The current model has a much older version of the UConnect system with a smaller screen and a collection of buttons/knobs around the perimeter.
The HVAC controls of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler are situated higher than the previous models, sitting just below the infotainment screen. The climate control panel has individual buttons for the various settings along with one large knob in the center, whereas the current generation has a very old-school-looking layout of three large knobs. This area also has the buttons for the heated seats and the heated steering wheel, as well as the defroster system.
The New Bottom Panel
New for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the switch panel at the bottom of the center stack. This area includes the power window switches (which are mounted higher-up on 2017 models), four auxiliary control buttons, a button for the electronic sway bar disconnect and a slick bright red button that controls the front and rear locking differentials. Of course, in the foreground of those new switches are the mechanical 4WD level and the manual transmission shifter.
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The Overall Shape
Finally, the overall shape of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler dash has changed dramatically. The top line is much flatter, with more side to side flow than the current models. The face of the dash is painted to match the exterior of the vehicle and the HVAC vents – all of which are larger for the new model year – are now lined up across the face of the dash, rather than the staggered layout of the 2017 models.
Ultimately, the dashboard of the redesigned Jeep Wrangler maintains a similar feel, but it has a much more modern, high tech look with all of the best gadgets that FCA has to offer.