If you read my piece last week about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler having been announced, you will know that we didn’t get a look at the interior. Jeep have finally put us out of our misery and provided some stills of what it looks like and I must say I am impressed.
The Wrangler has always been somewhat utilitarian. It has had to be as most users put their Jeep through hell. Anything that isn’t wash clean, waterproof, scuff proof or hard wearing fails quickly and that is not what we expect from our Jeeps. This new interior shows that Jeep hasn’t forgotten that but has also remembered we also like a bit of style.
Inside the 2018 Jeep Wrangler
The first thing you notice is the inclusion of colour. Gone are the dull gray colours and trim and here is a little retro colour-coding. Early Wrangler had body colouring on the dashboard and it is back. In the image above it is back with a vengeance!
The retro styling is still there and we love it for that. The main design puts the instruments central on the wheel and looks to include an LCD screen between the binnacles. The centre stack has a touchscreen with navigation and the main climate controls where they usually are. It is likely that the touchscreen will be an option or only on higher trims, so expect a piece of trim to be placed around a normal head unit there.
All of the controls, switches and trim elements seem to have been improved in both form and function making the entire dashboard much nicer to look at. There do seem a lot of controls in the centre stack but they include climate, windows and off-road controls so not all will be featured on all models.
Overall, the interior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler looks great. It still looks hard wearing and sturdy and will still likely survive anything the owner puts it through. But it also looks attractive and proves once and for all that you can have both practicality and beauty in the same package.
We now know what the inside and outside of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler looks like. We still don’t know anything about trims, options, engines, drivetrain or any of that good stuff. Fortunately, the Jeep will be fully unveiled at the LA Auto Show next month so we don’t have long to wait.