2018 Jeep Wrangler Set to Debut at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
Finally, we got word. Jeff Bennet, FCA’s corporate and financial communications chief, let everyone know that the next-generation 2018 Jeep® Wrangler JL will formally debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which is scheduled for Dec. 1-10.
There have been a steady stream of rumors about the new Wrangler JL design in the last few months, but confirmed details are starting to come in. The new Wrangler JL will be available with a 3.6-liter V6 engine (currently available) and a new 2.0-liter I-4 engine. Unconfirmed sources say the 3.6L engine will be available with a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic transmission and the 2.0L engine will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
While the general exterior look of the Wrangler is not expected to change too much, there are a couple new exterior features.Like the Wrangler JK, the Wrangler JL will still be available as a two-door and four-door model, but there have been some changes made to the Wrangler top. The Wrangler JL will be available with a hard top, a new power-sliding hard top, and a soft top. Unlike the hard and soft tops that were available in previous model years, the new power-sliding hard top is a great feature for consumers who would prefer the convenience of a roof that partially opens automatically rather than a roof that completely comes off after spending a few minutes to manually remove it and then a few minutes to put it back on. The Wrangler JL will still have removable doors and rear quarter-windows like Wrangler JK models, and it will also be available with a new foldable windshield.
It’s likely that the new Wrangler JL will also feature FCA’s newest version of Uconnect, Uconnect 4, which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. It is also suspected that the Wrangler JL will also feature Uconnect Off-Road Pages, which is a feature that was rolled out to the Grand Cherokee in 2017. Uconnect Off-Road Pages provide data and information pertaining to the vehicle’s off-road systems and performance, which is an excellent feature for such an off-road ready vehicle like the Wrangler.
With the roll out of the next-gen Wrangler, FCA is increasing Wrangler production by 30 percent. Unfortunately, no formal production start date has been revealed for the Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and Wrangler-based pickup, but we’re hoping Jeep might reveal some information at the upcoming LA Auto Show.
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