aFe POWER is Working on the New Jeep Wrangler JL!
This entry was posted on January 17, 2018 by Tyler Carrington.
Here at aFe Power, we jumped at the opportunity to purchase the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL so we can be first to develop some new bolt-on power products and suspension components for it! You may have heard that Jeep has spent quite some time designing this new JL, offering multiple engine options in the coming months. Jeep has also revised the design of most of the exterior components while still retaining that unmistakable Wrangler look. Those are notable achievements from the previous Jeep JK model that only offered one engine option and the same basic body style since 2007.
The new JL features an entirely new steel frame with five boxed crossmembers while a new front and rear coil-spring suspension sits on top of next-gen Dana front and rear axles. Aluminum is now used for the new JL’s fenders, doors, hinges, windshield frame, and engine mounts. The wheelbase increased by 1.4 inches on the 2-door model and 2.4 inches on the 4-door model. Push to start, a backup camera, halogen headlights, cruise control, and hill-start assist are all now standard. This new Jeep will be much more user-friendly in terms of modifying hardware parts, as Jeep redesigned many hardware components to be even more easily removable than they were on the JK model.
aFe Power just picked up the Pentastar 3.6L V6 option with the automatic transmission, which produces a baseline dyno of 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. That's soon going to change once we get some performance products installed, such as an aFe Power intake system and a cat-back exhaust!
Projected to release in the second quarter of 2018, the twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L Wrangler JL with eTorque assist should become available. That version produces around 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A good start, but once we get some racing products put on we should see those numbers jump!
Coming in 2019 will be a diesel option for the 4 door Wranglers utilizing the 3.0L V6 used in the RAM EcoDiesel rated at a stock 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. That JL variant will be equipped with a new eight-speed automatic transmission tuned to handle such a high-torque application. Our Scorcher Module should be a perfect match on that setup.
aFe Power is one of the first manufacturers in California to purchase the new Jeep Wrangler JL to start developing new products for it like our Momentum GT intake, drop-in high flow filter, throttle body spacer, and much more! We’ll be busy at work taking multiple dyno tests on our in-house DynoJet Dynamometer, scanning the stock parts to develop new ones, and taking detailed measurements as we start fine-tuning the new Jeep to deliver some aFe POWER under the hood! Keep an eye out for further announcements and releases on our social media channels and website!
Follow Our 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Build
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