New Jeep Wrangler: the go-anywhere SUV reborn for 2018 arrives in Europe

Published: 07 March 2018 Updated: 07 March 2018

 New 2018 Jeep Wrangler revealed
 Downsizes engine from 2.8 to 2.0 litres
 And now it’s rocked up in Europe

Jeep‘s all-new Wrangler – yes, we promise it is – has arrived in Europe, making its continental debut at the 2018 Geneva motor show. 

Like the Land Rover Defender, has a loyal fanbase and the last thing Jeep wants to do is alienate them with a wacky new design.

As such the 2018 car is an evolution of the current model, only with a more family-familiar grille in front of more fuel efficient engines and safety features.

Jeep Wrangler 2018

This time around Jeep promises more open roof, door and foldable windscreen configurations, because off-roading in America is generally a much drier experience than in the UK.

I want one with loads of ladders and shovels bolted to it!

Luckily for you Jeep has announced a collection of more than 200 Mopar accessories and Jeep Performance Parts created or redesigned for the new Wrangler.

This includes suitably macho items like a lift-kit, beadlock-capable wheels, off-road bumpers, 8,000 lumen LED lights and rock rails for hardcore trail enthusiasts.

Jeep Wrangler 2018

You can get an official roof rack and tailgate table for the first time, plus new graphics, tyre covers and more.

Here’s a rundown of what’s on offer:

  • Roof rack
  • LED off-road lights
  • Auxiliary switch bank
  • Tailgate table
  • 2-inch lift kit
  • Bikini tops
  • Rock rails
  • Screen protector
  • Beadlock-capable wheels
  • Mopar Warn winch
  • Molded cargo tray
  • Wrangler Rubicon off-road bumper
  • Vehicle graphics
  • Tire covers
  • Grab handles
  • Fuel doors
  • All-weather floor mats
  • RV towing wire harness

What’s the point of all this?

Jeep says 98% of current Wranglers are fitted with at least one Mopar product so it makes sense that this time around the American brand caters for that market with a comprehensive suite of accessories.

The advantage of Mopar-fitted accessories is you can specify them at the dealership when you buy the car, add the cost of them into your finance package, and then the car is delivered to you fully assembled with a manufacturer warranty too.

Apparently it’s not uncommon for customers in the US to spend more on additional kit than the RRP of the car itself…

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By Adam Binnie

Bauer Automotive's commercial content editor; likes bikes and burgers, often over-tyred