All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 

Design,Engineering,Jeep | May 16 2018

Wrangler Wednesday: Testing the all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler to the ends of the Earth

When it came time to take the next step in the development of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler from the drawing board to actually testing the latest version of the iconic vehicle, a test track just would not do.

For more than seven decades, the Jeep Wrangler has been known for its rugged, go-anywhere versatility. Thus, a sanitized, boring and controlled environment would not be the proper venue to test the capabilities of the latest version of the Wrangler.

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon

To do this, the engineers took the vehicle for months at a time to the blistering cold of Alaska and scorching Arizona heat for extreme-weather testing. They also took it through the Northern Michigan mud and the Rubicon Trail.

Additionally, as the popularity of the Wrangler has spread around the globe, the newest version of the Wrangler underwent testing around the world in countries such as China, Brazil, India, Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara

When all the miles were tallied, the all-new Wrangler underwent more than 3.9 million miles of testing. This was one of the highest number of miles of testing ever for any FCA US vehicle. It was also something that was necessary for a vehicle with the pedigree of the Wrangler.

“When we were designing, developing and engineering the next generation Wrangler, there were a few things that we knew,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand. “We had to be absolutely authentic to what Wrangler stands for: that’s its capability, its versatility, the whole sense of being able to do more tomorrow than you’ve done today. We knew that and our fans had told us that. We had to stay true to that.”

Learn more about the capabilities of the all-new Wrangler by visiting the Jeep website.

Edward Cardenas

Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it
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Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it as a communications professional. I have also experienced the thrills of the industry while riding in a race car at nearly 200 miles per hour. Having this breadth of experience, I look forward to drawing upon my experiences to bring a wide range of stories, photos and videos about Chrysler, FIAT and Alfa Romeo to FCA Digital Media. When I’m not covering my brands, I’m spending time with my wife and two boys.