By the time the 2018 Jeep Wrangler arrived, it had been 11 years since the previous redesign. During that extended generation, fans had their pick of countless limited-edition models, with six coming for the 2016 model year alone. (Rubicon Hard Rock, Willys Wheeler, and Black Bear were a few of the options that year.)
Now that the 2018 model is getting into circulation, Jeep decided it’s time for the first special edition of the new generation. On August 28, the Michigan-based automaker confirmed the Wrangler Moab Edition will fill that void. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
1. Building on the Sahara and Rubicon
As far as powertrains go, each of the four Wrangler trims runs on the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. After the base Sport model with two doors ($29,240), the Sport S ($31,145) adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, power windows, and better tech options.
Sahara models ($38,295) only have four doors and keep the line moving with a 7-inch touchscreen, larger wheels, and many more creature comforts. That’s where the Moab Edition will get its start.
Instead of Sahara’s 18-inch wheels, Moab will get 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels painted in a low-gloss black and 32-inch mud terrain tires. Track-Lok limited-slip rear differential and Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive transmission count for a few performance upgrades.
2. Unique exterior details
Again building off the Rubicon, the Moab Edition will get that model’s hood and steel bumpers with removable end caps. LED lights go in front and back on this model, and most of the details up front get the same low-gloss black paint as the wheels. Buyers can decide between Rubicon’s rock rails and Sahara’s side steps.
If you don’t opt for the power top, a hard top in the body color comes standard. Nine colors are available, including Firecracker Red and Mojito. As far as other embellishments go, the Moab decal is the most noticeable.
3. Interior upgrades
Moab’s interior will have big upgrades over a base Wrangler, with contrast-stitched leather seats and dashboard headlining the upgrades. All-weather slush mats and keyless entry represent two other extras included.
An 8.4-inch UConnect system with navigation and nine-speaker Alpine stereo system top the list of tech upgrades.
4. Safety tech, other options
You know it’s a new generation of Jeep Wrangler when modern safety tech is part of the package. Fiat Chrysler has gone about modernizing this classic model with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and a rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines. All that comes standard in the Moab.
You won’t need any of this stuff on the trail, but it turns out most Wrangler drivers only spend a small fraction of their time there, anyway. The rest of the time (i.e., on the daily commute), it will be there for you in the Moab Edition.
5. Crash ratings and fuel economy
We don’t have full IIHS crash-test ratings for the 2018 Wrangler, so these scores will have to wait. If past models are any indication, this are will likely not be a highlight for Moab. But all that remains to be seen.
As for fuel economy, the 2018 Wrangler Unlimited got 19 mpg combined for V6 models with the standard manual transmission, so expect something close to those numbers for the Moab Edition. Pricing for this limited-edition Wrangler will come later in the year from Jeep.