All-New Wrangler, Wrangler JK, and Wrangler Unlimited: What are the Differences?

A comparison of the Wrangler JL and Wrangler JK

Whether you’re new to the Wrangler or a devoted fan, there are some recent lineup changes that have occurred that you may not be aware of. Royal Gate Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Columbia is here to clear up any confusion and explain the differences between the all-new Wrangler vs. Wrangler JK.


Don’t forget to check out the all-new Wrangler and Wrangler JK inventories for available models and trims. You can also search for Wrangler special offers to get a great deal on your favorite one.

A Jeep Wrangler parked in front of the mountains

What is the All-New Wrangler?

Also known as the Wrangler JL, the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the latest iteration of this classic off-roading SUV. Moving forward, the Wrangler now contains a number of style, performance, and technology changes from the older generation.

The Wrangler now offers a hybrid engine option: the 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder with eTorque mild hybrid technology. This efficient engine option delivers 270 HP and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, plus the off-roading power your drive requires.

Of course, there’s even more to enjoy about the latest Jeep Wrangler. New features you can expect on the 2018 Wrangler include:

  • 33-in. all-terrain tires
  • New seat design for ultimate comfort and support
  • Lightweight Freedom Top® hardtop or zipperless Sunrider® soft top
  • Trail Rail™ System – a tie-down utility system that mounts on the cargo floor and swing gate
  • Jeep Utility Grid – an organizer and flexible storage system
  • Air extractors added behind fender flares for optimal engine cooling
  • Foldable windshield
  • LED fog lamps, tail lamps, and daytime running lamps located on the fender
  • Premium LED tail lamps with ‘bolt-on’ look
A Wrangler JK Rubicon

What is the Wrangler JK?

If you prefer the previous generation Wrangler, now known as the Wrangler JK, there’s still time to purchase or lease this model. It comes with a great host of features that will no doubt make your latest adventure incredible. Features include:

  • 6L Pentastar® V6 engine
  • Rubicon® trim package features high-pinion Dana® 44 front axle, Tru-Lok® Locking Differentials, Sway Bar Disconnect System, and more
  • Premium cloth or leather seating
  • Lockable center console
  • Uconnect® infotainment system
  • 9-speaker, all-weather Alpine® audio system
  • Heated mirrors
  • LED headlights

A black Wrangler Unlimited driving through the snow

What is the Wrangler Unlimited?

The Wrangler Unlimited was the term used to refer to the 4-door version of the Wrangler. In the most recent generation, Jeep has dropped the moniker, although 4-door Jeeps are still available. If you are interested in a 4-door Jeep Wrangler JK or JL, ask for a Wrangler Unlimited! The 2-door model is also available.

Contact Us

Do you have more questions about our Wrangler lineup? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Jeep dealership in Columbia, IL by calling (866) 855-5151.

A Jeep Wrangler parked in front of the sunset

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