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2018 Jeep Wrangler 8-Speed Transmission Spied – Not Your Traditional Shifter

Posted in News on June 20, 2016
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Photographers: Brian Williams

The most anticipated 4x4 around the office (and judging by your questions the off-road world in general) is the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, due for 2018. We’ve seen spy shots of it cruising the streets of Detroit, found out it will offer a diesel and turbo 4-cylinder powertrain option, and learned it will be available in a truck configuration. The latest spy shot of the new Jeep suggests it will be packing the eight-speed ZF transmission with a electronic shift lever.

The new shifter spotted in the test mule Wrangler appears to be a gated shift selector, alleviating the gear selection concerns with the previous return-to-center shifter. The new eight-speed shifter also switches to a mechanical release button, giving a more traditional feel to latest iteration of this eight-speed transmission shifter. The new shifter still follows the same PRND pattern, with D having side-to-side actuation for manual gear selection.

While there has been no official word on if the new Jeep Wrangler JL will have this style shifter, it does show that the eight-speed ZF transmission will be in the next generation Wrangler. We’ve always been partial to the manual gearbox, but this could be great compromise that blends the new electronic shift technology with the feel of a traditional gated shifter.

We’ll keep you updated with more information on anything related to the new Jeep, and trust us, we are as excited as you are.

Source: SpiedBilde Photograpy

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