2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) Mule Confirms Six-Speed Manual!

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Recent rumors have been swirling that the redesigned 2018 Jeep (JL) Wrangler would sacrifice the manual transmission and offer only the ZF eight-speed automatic (which we confirmed here) all in the name of fuel efficiency and cost savings.

We're happy to debunk those rumors now as we show you the first visual confirmation that the six-speed manual transmission will live on in the 2018 Wrangler JL!

As you can see from our latest photos, the six-speed will also feature a new shifter design with the reverse gear relocated to the upper left position, implying that the 2018 Wrangler could get a different manual transmission.

We expect the six-speed to be available only on certain JL Wrangler trims and most likely not be paired with the upcoming 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. It is likely to be offered only with the upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, as with the current generation Wrangler.


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Hallelujah! Great news thanks for posting. I guess those take rates weren't THAT low :)
 

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I was beginning to think they'd lost the plot if the rumors came true that there'd be no manual. Now let's keep the open air roofless design... pretty please. :)
 

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Any info on the transmission source ?

The shift pattern matches the Aisin unit in the current 3.5L Toyota Tacoma, the RC62F. The RC61F with lower 1-3 ratios, is used in current Toyota diesels.
 

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Sure wish they would bring the Diesel to the US WITH the manual trans. Good on FCA for listening to enthusiasts tho, there is hope for the JL yet.
 

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Lol at that label on the dash. You think Jeep wanted to make sure there was no doubt the manual is alive and well?

So the 2 door and the manual survive. Now just need the soft top and it'll check all the boxes for me!

 

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Tremec 3160 tranmission?
Possible. That box can have the reverse gear either to the left of 1st gear or right of the 6th gear. Must be a good unit if it's being used in the Mustang GT350R.
 

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We expect the six-speed to be available only on certain JL Wrangler trims and most likely not be paired with the upcoming 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. It is likely to be offered only with the upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, as with the current generation Wrangler.
Any reason why the 6 speed would only be available on certain trims when you can get it on any JK trim currently?
 

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Tremec 3160 tranmission?
Possible based on the shift pattern.

It's used in the 2016 GT350 which means it can be configured to support high HP/TQ applications such as the 526HP/429 LB-FT for the GT350. Some other info I found on the TR3160:

"The TR3160 six speed transmission was designed to be used in light truck, SUV, and performance applications. It can be configured as either single or double overdrive. Centerline distance (the distance between the input shaft and the countershaft) is 81mm. This dimension is what typically drives torque capacity, hence its relevance here. A higher number means greater strength potential with respect to torque load as larger diameter gears can be used. Each gear (and shaft) is of SAE 4120H steel. All gears are hard finished with laser welded clutch teeth.

The aluminum cased TR3160 weighs 112lbs (dry, with "mass reduction") and is an end load design. Externally, the unit consists of an integral clutch housing, main case, and tailshaft housing. Lubrication is not internally pressurized but rather is "splash." To date, TR3160 units do not come equipped with external cooler fittings, etc."

 

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Possible based on the shift pattern.

It's used in the 2016 GT350 which means it can be configured to support high HP/TQ applications such as the 526HP/429 LB-FT for the GT350. Some other info I found on the TR3160:

"The TR3160 six speed transmission was designed to be used in light truck, SUV, and performance applications. It can be configured as either single or double overdrive. Centerline distance (the distance between the input shaft and the countershaft) is 81mm. This dimension is what typically drives torque capacity, hence its relevance here. A higher number means greater strength potential with respect to torque load as larger diameter gears can be used. Each gear (and shaft) is of SAE 4120H steel. All gears are hard finished with laser welded clutch teeth.

The aluminum cased TR3160 weighs 112lbs (dry, with "mass reduction") and is an end load design. Externally, the unit consists of an integral clutch housing, main case, and tailshaft housing. Lubrication is not internally pressurized but rather is "splash." To date, TR3160 units do not come equipped with external cooler fittings, etc."

Well at least it can handle a V8 power ;) Is 112lb considered light? Wonder if that's the reason they chose it since they seem to be all about weight reduction for the JL.
 

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Possible based on the shift pattern.

It's used in the 2016 GT350 which means it can be configured to support high HP/TQ applications such as the 526HP/429 LB-FT for the GT350. Some other info I found on the TR3160:
To compare the current NSG 370 six speed manual has a torque capacity of just 272 lb-ft. If the JL gets the TR3160 that will be a big upgrade in terms of the robustness of the manual tranny.
 

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I know it's just a test mule but the size of the warning sticker makes me concerned the JL won't have a clutch/starter interlock defeat. :(

 

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I know it's just a test mule but the size of the warning sticker makes me concerned the JL won't have a clutch/starter interlock defeat. :(

Guess it depends on what words are in that area we can't read because of the glare?

If it says "Can Not Be Started Without Clutch Depressed" then that might mean that there's clutch/starter interlock defeat I guess, but just because it says that doesn't mean a fuse can't be pulled to override it.

On other hand if it says "Must Be Started Without Clutch Depressed" then maybe we have a built in starter interlock defeat from the factory?
 

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How many guys here are picking up a manual? With the new auto coming out, it makes the auto slightly more attractive to me compared to current ancient 5 speed.
 
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