Jeep has provided us with the details of its impressive 2018 fleet for the Australian market which features limited models of the new Compass, advanced models of the classic Wrangler, and an all-new premium Grand Cherokee dubbed the “Trackhawk.” We’ve got the specs and almost all the info regarding price and availability. There is still some speculation surrounding the Wrangler. Take a look below:
2018 Jeep Compass
The next generation Compass is a compact SUV, designed for off-road use and built with a contemporary and authentic Jeep design, excellent on-road driving dynamics, open-air freedom and a full array of advanced connectivity and safety technologies.
Compass is available in 4 different models: Sport, Longitude, Limited and the new Trailhawk. Buyers with also have the option of a petrol or diesel engine, plus nine or six-speed transmissions. The petrol engine is a 2.4L Tigershark with MultiAir2 and Stop & Start technology, delivering 129 kW / 229 Nm. The diesel option is a 2.0L engine with MultiJet II and Stop & Start technology, delivering – 125 kW / 350 Nm.
Jeep is promising improved handling and a superior ride thanks to the vehicle’s fully independent suspension, exclusive frequency damping front-and-rear-strut system, and precise electric power steering.
Compass features traditional Jeep design cues like a seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches. The grille has a fresh look with each chrome slot presented in a Gloss Black field. The LED signature headlamp bezels feature black highlights, while the unique LED tail lamps flow into the lift gate for a commanding presence.
Inside, the centre stack houses a 5.0-inch touchscreen that runs Uconnect 4, the newest version of Jeep’s operating system. The centre console neatly integrates the gear-shift selection, Selec-Terrain controls, electronic parking brake, engine stop-start controls, climate and volume control knobs, and easily-accessible media charging and connectivity ports.
The driver’s instrument cluster is thoughtfully designed and features a 3.5-inch LED information display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on Limited and Trailhawk models. These two models also have a lot of exclusive features including larger touchscreens, anti-glare decals, Sat Nav and leather seats as standard.
With more than 70 advanced safety and security features and eight different exterior colours available, the 2018 Jeep Compass is a stylish way to explore the great outdoors. It’s now available in Jeep showrooms across Australia, priced from AUD 28,850 – right in time for the summer.
2018 Jeep Wrangler
Jeep’s most capable SUV returns, delivering improved 4×4 capabilities, paired with a modern design that stays true to the original. 2018’s model includes advanced fuel-efficient powertrain options, more open-air configurations, and is loaded with safety features and advanced technology.
The new Wrangler boasts an advanced fuel-efficient powertrain menu consisting of an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with efficient eTorque technology, or a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with Engine Stop-Start. There are two transmission offerings: a new eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual.
Wrangler continues Jeep’s unmatched off-road experience with Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, next-gen Dana axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential and 33-inch off-road tires. The Wrangler also offers Industry-leading ground clearance and approach with up to 30 inches of water fording.
The vehicle’s design is instantly recognisable, with a keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps. There are loads of open-air and dozens of different door, top and windscreen combinations depending on your preferences.
Inside, you will find cloth or leather-contoured seats with accent stitching, plus adjustable bolster and lumbar support. There’s a push-button starter, featuring a weather-proof surround, passive entry with Keyless Go and redesigned centre console housing the gear shift selection, transfer case and parking brake.
The instrument cluster features a 3.5, or a 7-inch thin LED display. The 7-inch version allows the driver to configure media, tire pressure and digital speed readout. A 7.0 or available 8.4-inch touchscreen in the centre stack displays the Uconnect system with optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There are two USB ports up front and two in reach of the back seat. A 115-volt AC outlet is available to power select three-pronged home electronics for the ultimate glamping trip. Smart storage solutions including durable mesh pockets that extend the entire length of the doors and numerous phone storage areas.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler 2-door model is available in three different trim configurations: Sport, Sport S and Rubicon. Wrangler 4-door models available in four various trim configurations: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. The new Wrangler arrives at Australian dealers in January 2018. There’s no word on price, although you could use the 2017 Wrangler as a guide which was priced from AUD 38,500.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
We saved the best for last. Trackhawk joins the Jeep Grand Cherokee family as the world’s most powerful V8 SUV. Best of all, it’s already reached Australian shores.
The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers a new level of performance. It can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 289km/h. The Trackhawk can brake from 100km/h-0 in 37m. It boasts an unbridled 522kW of power courtesy of a supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine.
Aesthetically, the Trackhawk stands out from the standard Grand Cherokee with its front end featuring larger air dams for superior cooling, a distinctive bonnet with dual vents, aggressive flared wheel arches, a gloss black rear valence and exclusive Trackhawk badges.
Inside, the chrome-and-carbon-fibre race-inspired cabin features a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with a host of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls, plus ergonomically designed paddle shifters. Heated Nappa leather seats (front and rear) and ventilated (front) offer ultimate comfort in all conditions.
Standard infotainment features include the latest generation of Jeep’s Uconnect system with an easy-to-use 8.4-inch high-resolution touchscreen enabling navigation, Bluetooth and Performance Pages (which displays lap times and instant readouts for power and torque outputs) and pinch-and-zoom capability. The Uconnect system can also run both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk includes more than 70 safety and security features, including Adaptive Cruise Control; Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection; Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation; Front and Rear Park Assist and Lane Departure Warning.
The first Australian allocation of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is just 62 examples as an homage to its 6.2-litre engine capacity. It’s available now and priced from AUD 134,900.