There has been a tremendous focus on the exterior of the upcoming 2018 JL Wrangler and understandably so. The new Wrangler is looking to address concerns with current models, while still maintain an overall Wrangler style and look.
JL Wrangler Forum is confirming that like the 2017 Jeep Compass, the JL/JLU Wrangler will also receive the 4th generation UConnect system, which will have three tiered options.
5-inch Touch Screen
This version will be considered the base level and is the only one of the three that will retain traditional button control. The knobs will be larger and have a more tactical feel. This is an important point if you plan on going off-road, as your hand might get dirty/wet with mud, having a traditional button interface will still allow you to control most of the infotainment system. In addition, the system will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless integration with your choice of smart phone and allow for great hands-free control.
Considered the intermediate system, this increases the display size to 7-inches from the base 5-inch system and is fully touch interactive. The system won’t have any buttons or knobs and will require you to touch the display to make any selections/changes, this can be a challenge while on the trail, but the layout is organized well and seems easy to follow. The system will also include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to interact with it via speech recognition, if your hands are dirty from the trail.
8.4-inch touch screen
This will be the top tier system and will be offered with or without navigation. Like the 7-inch system, this 8.4-inch version will not have any buttons or knobs, requiring you to touch the screen for any interaction. The system will also include the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions and the larger 8.4-inch display will provide better overall visibility and interaction.
Whichever version you choose, this will be a welcome change for the Wrangler line up, bringing it up to speed with most other vehicles in its category. An important feature that wasn’t discussed, but seen in previous spy photos is a reverse camera. It would be a reasonable conclusion that the camera will be integrated as a standard option throughout all three infotainment choices.