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PostHeaderIcon Watch the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Tackle Rocks in New Zealand!

There’s currently a press junket for high-end members of the automotive media taking place in New Zealand, and video is starting to come in. This particular one shows a white, two-door Wrangler Rubicon clawing its way up slick rocks in some far-flung valley on the other side of the globe. It’s clear the Wrangler hasn’t lost any of its grit and capability.

We can see new Wrangler Rubicon has dumped the old BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM tires for BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. The tires are light-years ahead of the Mud-Terrains in terms of tire technology and grip in all but the thickest of mud. What’s more, the KO2s will definitely improve the Rubicon’s on-road driving dynamics. The tires are mounted on Rubicon-specific, 17-inch wheels. The sharp design has painted spokes and a bright ring around the edge.

The two clips within the video also show the different configurations of the new soft top. At first, the windows are installed, then towards the end, we can see the windows removed and the roof still in place.

As for the engine, the second clip has some telling engine noises. Though we can’t be completely sure, it sounds like a four-cylinder. If true, it would be the Wrangler’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four with the iconic Hurricane name.

Jeep is set to officially debut the 2018 Wrangler on November 29 at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.



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PostHeaderIcon Jeep Drops Official Images of 2018 Wrangler Interior

Jeep is slowly debuting the all-new 2018 Wrangler bit by bit before its official debut at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show on November 29. The latest piece is a pair of photos showing the Wrangler’s brand new interior – and boy; the improvements are awesome. Not one screw or plastic bit carries over from the outgoing Wrangler JK. That’s definitely a good thing. The new Wrangler JL is vastly more technologically advanced and fitted with way more creature comforts.

Though we’ve seen teases of the new interior before, this is the first time Jeep has shown the full monty. Both shots are of the same loaded-out Rubicon model, which gives us the complete scope of what’s available. The model features the latest Uconnect system, a large driver information screen with digital auxiliary gauges, dual-zone climate control, the standard assortment of steering wheel controls, dash-mounted window switches, a bank of four auxiliary switches for aftermarket components, and a toggle switch to control the Rubicon’s front and rear locking differentials. A separate button controls the disconnecting from sway bar.

There is plenty more to look at, so keep reading for more information.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL’s interior.

Looking Deeper


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“The driver information screen offers a configurable display”

This Rubicon model is fitted with the six-speed manual transmission and the two-speed transfer case. Jeep will offer a 4WD system with an auto mode in addition to the standard 2WD, 4WD high, neutral, and 4WD low positions. Jeep hasn’t said if this 4WD Auto system is available on the Rubicon, but it’s clear it does not come standard.

Looking at the gauge cluster, we see the driver information screen offers a configurable display which includes roll and pitch diagrams, digital gauges for the fuel level and coolant temperature, a digital speedometer, a comprehensive trip computer, and a digital readout for the transfer case gear position. That last item gets its own display nestled within the tachometer. Other handy features include a 12-volt power plug and several USB ports and an AUX input jack under the “media” cover.

The photo also shows the Rubicon model will come with Automatic Start/Stop on its engine. Again, Jeep hasn’t specified what engine(s) will be offered in this hard-core, off-road trim level, or whether the Star/Stop system will be standard across the engine lineup. As a refresher, the Wrangler will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Transmission choices include the six-speed manual and the ZF eight-speed automatic.


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“Fit and finish are vastly improved, not that it was hard to improve over the outgoing Wrangler JK”

On the cosmetic front, it appears the colored dash accent will match the body color, however, we’ve seen photos surfacing showing that’s not always the case. It seems Jeep will let you customize the color scheme nearly any way you’d want. Fit and finish are vastly improved, not that it was hard to improve over the outgoing Wrangler JK. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and accented with contrast stitching and satin chrome. The contrast stitching continues onto the dash, center console, shifter boots, and seats. And those shift knobs look milled from a solid piece of billet aluminum and capped with leather. That’s probably not the case, but the look sure is impressive.

The front passenger gets a grab handle with WRANGLER spelled out. There is a small storage shelf on the top-center section of the dash. Other leaked images we’ve seen around the web show the Wrangler unlimited will have HVAC vents for its rear passengers.

“And like on later models of the Wrangler JK, Jeep should include all the necessary tools needed to remove the doors, windshield, and tops.”

Other notable “Jeep” features include that easy-fold windshield and stationary A-pillars with grab handles. The doors are also easily removable, just as before. An interesting Easter egg can be seen on the door hinge. It says “T-50” with an arrow pointing at the Torx-head bolt that secures the door pin to the body-mounted hinges. And like on later models of the Wrangler JK, Jeep should include all the necessary tools needed to remove the doors, windshield, and tops.

Needless to say, we’re excited to finally see the 2018 Wrangler’s dash. It’s been a long time coming and yet there’s still information we’re waiting on. Thankfully, Jeep should release all the nitty-gritty details on November 29 at the L.A. Auto Show, so stick around for that.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.



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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Needs A V-8 Option

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is the hottest SUV right now. It’s not often Jeep reworks its most popular model, after all. Much of the buzz centers on the Wrangler’s new powertrain choices, which include the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder “Hurricane” and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, along with a revised version of the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Jeep fans and journalists alike are praising FCA for adding a fuel-sipping four-cylinder and the torquey yet efficient EcoDiesel, but there’s still something missing – a V-8.

Raise an eyebrow if you want, but Jeep actually has a rich history of offering V-8s in the Wrangler’s predecessor, the CJ. It started back in 1972 with the CJ-5. See, American Motors Corporation had bought Kaiser Jeep in 1970 and soon replaced Kaiser’s engines with its own, including the 3.8-liter and 4.2-liter straight-sixes. There was also a four-cylinder that carried the Hurricane name, which is directly referenced in the 2018 Wrangler JL’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four. But, the most desirable engine was the AMC 304 cubic-inch V-8. This 5.0-liter produced 150 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque. While those aren’t big numbers by today’s standards, that was impressive power amid the Arab Oil Embargo and tightening government fuel economy and emissions regulations. The power was especially robust in a short-wheelbase SUV.

The 304 V-8 made the jump to the longer CJ-7 when it debuted in 1976. Sadly, the V-8 was phased out during the 1981 model year, leaving the 4.2-liter inline-six as the largest and most powerful engine option.

But, modern times are different. Dodge builds an 840-horsepower Challenger, Jeep has a 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee, and the Wrangler is ripe for getting a mild V-8 behind its seven-slotted grille. Keep reading for my thoughts on the matter.

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Should Jeep Build a V-8-Powered Wrangler?


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“Jeep could very easily offer a V-8 Wrangler, call it the Golden Eagle like V-8 CJs of yesteryear, and people would eat it up.”

Heck yes, Jeep should! Besides the typical American response of pleasure to excess and approval of power, a V-8-powered Wrangler has two things going for it – history and customer desire.

History is playing an ever more important role in how automakers operate. Retro styling is still in vogue and tying modern vehicles to those in the past in meaningful ways is the new thing. Jeep could very easily offer a V-8 Wrangler, call it the Golden Eagle like V-8 CJs of yesteryear, and people would eat it up. Throw on some retro graphics – you know, like that awesome golden eagle “screaming chicken” on the hood or maybe just a smaller logo on the fender, and boom – instant classic and assured sales success.


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“Jeep could very easily offer a V-8 Wrangler, call it the Golden Eagle like V-8 CJs of yesteryear, and people would eat it up”

As for customer desire, Jeepers want a V-8 Wrangler, and it shows in the aftermarket. A number of companies provide swap kits for LS and Hemi conversions, and companies like American Expedition Vehicles will happily do the work and warranty the craftsmanship. Those LS and Hemi swaps usually consist of 4.8-liter, 5.3-liter, and 6.0-liter small-block Chevy engines of the LS series and the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 found in several FCA products. Both the LS and Hemi are also available as a brand-new crate engine. Regardless of brand, it’s clear Wrangler owners want a V-8.

What Engine Should Jeep Use?


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“Jeep wouldn’t have a V-8 Wrangler ready until 2019, if not after.”

Well, the most obvious answer would be the omnipresent 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 found in everything from the Dodge Challenger to the Ram pickup from 2003 on. The engine makes anywhere from 357 to 395 horsepower and 389 to 410 pound-feet of torque, depending on application and model year. The Hemi obviously fits in the outgoing Wrangler JK’s engine bay, and it’s doubtful Jeep make the area smaller, so the Hemi should have no problem fitting in the Wrangler JL.

There’s just one problem.

Rumors are swirling the 5.7-liter Hemi will cease production after 2019. That would be a problem since Jeep wouldn’t have a V-8 Wrangler ready until 2019, if not after. It makes sense why FCA is looking to kill the 5.7-liter; its basic design will be 17 years old. It needs an update, which consequently, might see its displacement drop from 5.7 liters to 5.0 liters – a 304-cubic-inch displacement.

This new V-8 will surely come with direct fuel injection and turbocharging, along with the current fuel-saving tricks like cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing. Of course, this is pure speculation, but the Mopar-obsessed folks over at Allpar.com seem to think a smaller-displacement Hemi V-8 is in the works, too.

Dropping back to a 5.0-liter would not only accomplish the smaller displacement needed to improve fuel economy but would also tie in perfectly to Chrysler’s past. Plenty of AMC and Jeep vehicles came with the venerable 304 V-8, though Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth products used completely different V-8s. Still, the connection is there. Then again, FCA could use the 340, 318, or 273 cubic-inch displacement sizes (5.6, 5.2, and 4.5 liters, respectively) or could introduce something without a retro spin. But what fun is that?


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“A V-8 would likely improve the Wrangler Unlimited’s somewhat limited towing capability.”

On a more practical side of customer wants, a V-8 would likely improve the Wrangler Unlimited’s somewhat limited towing capability of 3,500 pounds. Perhaps we’ll see improvements with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, as well. Towing will be an even bigger factor with the upcoming Wrangler-based pickup, the Scrambler. A leaked spec sheet shows the Scrambler is rated to tow 6,500 pounds with both the 3.6-liter Pentastar and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. The 2.0-liter apparently won’t be offered. Adding a V-8 might just boost the Scrambler’s towing beyond the 7,700 pounds available with the Chevrolet Colorado diesel.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of displacement, the Wrangler deserves a V-8. Not only would it recall Jeeps of old, but it would also boost the Wrangler’s appeal. The V-8 model would be the perfect platform for adding larger axles, massive tires, and all the heavy-duty equipment that tends to accompany a rock crawler. That, and imagine the V-8 mated to a six-speed manual and fitted with a throaty aftermarket exhaust. If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, you’re probably reading the wrong website.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.



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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler V-6 Fuel Economy Published By EPA

Information surrounding the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler keeps pouring out of Auburn Hills, but the latest news from D.C. The EPA has published the fuel economy stats for the 2018 Wrangler Unlimited with the updated 3.6-liter V-6. Both the six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission are included. The new Wrangler JL shows a marked improvement over the outgoing Wrangler JK, though we expect an even bigger increase with the 2.0-liter turbo-four and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6.

The 2018 Wrangler Unlimited JL with the six-speed manual is EPA-estimated to get 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. Opting for the eight-speed automatic bumps the numbers to 18 mpg city and 20 mpg combined, with the highway number staying at 23 mpg.

Both fuel economy estimates are big improvements over the previous Jeep. The 2017 Wrangler JK with the six-speed manual could only muster 17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. That means the new six-speed JL improves by two mpg on the highway and one mpg combined. The old JK with its outdated five-speed automatic actually scored the exact same as its manual counterpart, meaning the new eight-speed-equipped JL improves by one mpg city, two mpg highway, and two mpg combined.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6-liter V-6 EPA Fuel Economy


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The outgoing Wrangler JK will continue into the 2018 model year. This is its EPA-estimated fuel economy.


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The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JL sees fuel economy improved by as much as two mpg over its predecessor.

The Other Two Engines


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“For 2018, the Wrangler will have three engine choices”

For the first time in more than a decade, Jeep is offering engine options in the Wrangler. The last time customers had a choice; it was with the 1997–2006 Wrangler TJ. It offered a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (and after 2002, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder) and the venerable 4.0-liter inline-six cylinder.

Now for 2018, the Wrangler will have three engine choices: the aforementioned 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder known as the Hurricane, and the familiar 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 currently found in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The EPA has yet to release fuel economy estimates for the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter, but we strongly suspect both with have improved economy over the already improved 3.6-liter V-6. The 2.0-liter turbo-four could achieve something around 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined, while the V-6 turbodiesel will be the fuel-sipping champ. It could achieve something like 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

Final Thoughts


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“Regardless of engine choice with the all-new 2018 Wrangler, fuel economy numbers are up”

Regardless of engine choice with the all-new 2018 Wrangler, fuel economy numbers are up. Sure, we don’t know exactly what the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter will score, but both will surely outperform the 3.6-liter V-6. That’s great news for Jeep in light of the CAFÉ standards and Wrangler owners who can save money at the pump. Of course, we’re still waiting for Jeep to mention the hybrid powertrain that’s rumored to be paired with the 2.0-liter. That’s still a few years off, though, so don’t expect word anytime soon.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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PostHeaderIcon Mopar Floods SEMA With 200+ Parts For The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Anybody not living under a rock knows Jeep Wrangler owners love customizing their rigs. The aftermarket industry for the Jeep has exploded in the last decade and Jeep has made moves to finally get into the action. But now Jeep is getting ahead of the curve with its new 2018 Wrangler JL by offering more than 200 parts and accessories right from the start, long before third-party aftermarket companies can even begin developing items for the all-new off-roader. Under the Mopar brand, Jeep and its Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) division have teased these accessories at the 2017 SEMA Show.

Of course, SEMA is the natural place to debut parts and accessories. But, in order to debut these new Mopar and JPP parts, Jeep needed to show the actual 2018 Wrangler. That’s why Jeep did a soft launch on Halloween with only three photos of its new model. As for the parts and accessories, they range from graphics to lift kits and everything in between. And, because of the 2018 Wrangler’s new roll bar design, Jeep can now offer a range of roof racks. The list also includes off-roading items like a Warn recovery winch, rock sliders, and beadlock wheels. There is plenty of others, so keep reading for everything Jeep has announced so far.

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Mopar & Jeep Performance Parts

“The parts have been developed by Jeep engineers to work with the 2018 Wrangler and have undergone countless hours of testing.”

Besides being available before anything from aftermarket companies, the biggest advantage to Mopar and JPP parts is the connection to Jeep. The parts are not only warrantied and installed by Jeep dealerships, but they also do not void the Wrangler’s new-vehicle warranty. In line with that, the parts have been developed by Jeep engineers to work with the 2018 Wrangler and have undergone countless hours of testing.

Since the 2018 Wrangler shares almost zero parts with the outgoing 2017 Wrangler JK, these Mopar and JPP parts are technically all new. However, most are just modernized to fit the new Wrangler. A few, on the other hand, really are completely new to the Mopar and JPP portfolio. That roof rack previously mentioned is one, as it fits the Wrangler’s new roll bars. Jeep hasn’t been able to offer a roof rack on Wranglers in the past. Another new part is a screen protector for the 7.0- and 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system. It’s a first for Mopar, likely because no other FCA vehicle really needs a screen protector for its infotainment system. Well, maybe the Ram pickups…

Off-Road Parts


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  • JPP is offering LED off-road light bars. There’s a five-inch bar with 4,080 lumens and a seven-inch bar with an impressive 8,000 lumens.
  • JPP also includes the brackets needed to mount them. JPP also has an auxiliary switch bank for controlling these lights and other accessories.
  • For those wanting a taller ride height for bigger tires, JPP has a 2.0-inch lift kit.
  • JPP rock rails are made from heavy-gauge steel and are coated with bedliner. They protect the rocker panels from trail damage and give a step for getting into the Jeep.
  • JPP’s beadlock-capable wheel is 17 inches in diameter and can be upgraded with the optional beadlock ring for holding the tire to the rim when ran at low pressures during off-roading. The wheels have a 12-mm backspacing and come in silver and black.
  • Mopar will happily sell you a Warn recovery winch at a markup over what you’d pay directly at Warn. Still, the dealership will install it for you, making the upgrade as simple as sliding the credit card or rolling it into the vehicle’s financing.

Other Add-ons

  • Those Uconnect screen protectors are designed to perfectly fit the 7.0- and 8.4-inch Uconnect system and keep scratches off the sensitive screen.
  • A molded cargo tray fits within the cargo area for organized storage of all the random items that tend to accumulate within a vehicle
  • Grab handles have a new design and are hard-mounted onto the roll bar unlike the Velcro-secured grab handles for the Wrangler JK.
  • Fuel Door covers can be had in brushed aluminum and satin black
  • All-Weather Floor mats help protect the carpet from rain, snow, sand, and mud. They are molded to fit perfectly within the footwells, too.
  • Mopar graphics add flare to the Wrangler. Available on the Sport trim is a 1941 graphic and an American flag-themed design for the hood. Another graphic for the Wrangler’s sides are available for all three trim levels and have a 1941 stripe and a silhouette themed after off-roading at Moab.
  • Tire covers allow for more expression on the Wrangler but still allow for the spare-mounted backup camera with a hole stitched in the center of the cover.

Of course, these are just some of what Mopar and JPP offer and we expect more accessories to be added as the months roll on. The parts and accessories are available at any Jeep dealership and on Mopar.com/jpp.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.

PostHeaderIcon Visual Comparison: Jeep Wrangler JL vs JK

Jeep Wrangler JK vs JL

The wait is finally over! Jeep has released photos of the next-generation Wrangler. Unfortunately, Jeep only dropped three photos with zero information, but the soft debut confirms much of the speculation, rumors, and spy shots we’ve been pouring over the last year. Yes, the 2018 Wrangler JL’s windshield folds down. Yes, the doors come off. And Yes, the top is removable. Yet beyond these carryover features that have come to define the Wrangler, this new Jeep is heavily updated in all the right ways.
Check out our visual comparison below to learn all about the new Wrangler JL


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References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.

PostHeaderIcon You Can Now Pre-Order The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL & Here’s All The Details

The online leaks of Jeep Wrangler JL information continue to pour from FCA like wind through a chain-link fence, but the latest news is a doozy. It’s the complete order guide for the early-production 2018 Wrangler Unlimited JL. It gives an unprecedented look at what options are offered, including paint color, engine and transmission combinations, and trim levels. Best of all, as of October 24, anyone can pre-order a four-door Wrangler JL at their local Jeep dealership.

The order guide also confirms Jeep’s slow rollout of certain features. The two-door Wrangler won’t be available at first, the paint choices are limited to five, and the updated 3.6-liter Pentastar is the only engine choice. Those wanting the 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four or the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 will have to wait – but not for long. We’ve got all the details below thanks to JLWranglerforums.com, which has been at the forefront of Jeep leaks since information started coming out.

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“The order guide shows the four-door Wrangler Unlimited as being available first”

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JL is set to debut sometime in November. Most agree it will bow at the L.A. Auto Show, but some say Jeep will steal the spotlight at this years SEMA show. Either way, it won’t be long before we have the full scope of the next-generation Wrangler.

As far as the order guide, it clearly shows the four-door Wrangler Unlimited as being available first. The three main trim levels return, too. They are the Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon. The budget-friendly, luxury-minded, and hard-core off-road trim each come with different options, though all three are powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and have the option for either a manual transmission (likely an updated six-speed) and an automatic transmission (which is all but confirmed to be the ZF eight-speed). Unfortunately, pricing has not been announced yet. Here’s the run-down that follows the order guide.

Wrangler Unlimited Sport


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Options

  • 17×7.5 Polished Granite Crystal wheels
  • Alpine Premium Audi System
  • Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle
  • Black 3-Piece Hard Top
  • Cold Weather Group
  • Convenience Group
  • Dual Top Group
  • Engine Block Heater
  • Jeep Trail Rated Kit
  • Premium Tan Sunrider Soft Top
  • Safety Group
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Smoker’s Group
  • Technology Group
  • Trailer Tow and HD Electrical Group
  • Tubular Side Steps

Mopar Options

  • Mopar All-Weather Floor Mats
  • Mopar High Headliner

Color and Trim Codes

  • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black/Heritage Tan)
  • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black)

Monotone Paint

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Firecracker Red Clear Coat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat

Wrangler Unlimited Sahara


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Options

  • 18×7.5 Tech Gray Polished Face wheels
  • Alpine Premium Audi System
  • Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle
  • Black 3-Piece Hard Top
  • Body Color 3-Piece Hard Top
  • Cold Weather Group
  • Dual Top Group
  • Electronic Infotainment System Group
  • Engine Block Heater
  • Jeep Trail Rated Kit
  • LED Lighting Group
  • Premium Tan Sunrider Soft Top
  • Remote Start System
  • Safety Group
  • Smoker’s Group
  • Trailer Tow and HD Electrical Group

Mopar Options

  • Mopar All-Weather Floor Mats
  • Mopar High Headliner

Color and Trim Codes

  • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats (Black)
  • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats (Black/Heritage Tan)
  • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black)
  • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black/Heritage Tan)

Monotone Paint

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Firecracker Red Clear Coat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat

Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon


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  • 17×7.5 Black Wheels with Polished Lip
  • Alpine Premium Audi System
  • Black 3-Piece Hard Top
  • Body Color 3-Piece Hard Top
  • Body Color Fender Flares
  • Cold Weather Group
  • Dual Top Group
  • Electronic Infotainment System Group
  • Engine Block Heater
  • Jeep Trail Rated Kit
  • LED Lighting Group
  • Premium Tan Sunrider Soft Top
  • Remote Start System
  • Safety Group
  • Smoker’s Group
  • Steel Bumper Group
  • Trailer Tow and HD Electrical Group

Mopar Options

  • Mopar All-Weather Floor Mats
  • Mopar High Headliner

Color and Trim Codes

  • Premium Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black)
  • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats (Black)
  • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats (Black/Heritage Tan)

Monotone Paint

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Firecracker Red Clear Coat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat

What We Now Know


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“The Sport is obviously the most basic model with the least amount of standard features”

Beyond what we’ve already laid out, the options give us a deeper look into what each trim level will be like. The Sport is obviously the most basic model with the least amount of standard features. That’s no surprise. Like with the outgoing Wrangler JK, options like the Convenience Group (which likely includes power windows, power door locks, and heated mirrors with power adjustment) is an optional extra. Things it lacks are optional leather seats, a body-colored hard top, and the LED lighting group.

The Sahara trim has the option of larger wheels finished in a dark gray color, the body-color hard top, the dual-top group (meaning it comes with both the soft and hard tops), the upgraded infotainment system (likely the updated 8.4-inch system), a remote start system on models with the automatic transmission, and the LED lighting group. The interior also gets the option of leather seats.

“As for the Rubicon, the Wrangler’s most hard-core trim level, it comes with smaller, 17-inch wheels with the option of black wheels with polished lips”

As for the Rubicon, the Wrangler’s most hard-core trim level, it comes with smaller, 17-inch wheels with the option of black wheels with polished lips. And along with the body-color hardtop option found on the Sahara, the Rubicon is also available with body-color fender flares. Oddly, this isn’t available on the Sahara as it currently is with the Wrangler JK. Again, things like the infotainment system LED Lighting Group, remote start system, and Cold Weather Group are all available to add.
The Rubicon does come with some unique features, too. Aside from the body-color fender flares, there’s the Steel Bumper Group. This is that steel bumper we’ve seen on several test mules Jeep has been testing and is an updated version of the steel bumper seen on special editions of the outgoing Wrangler JK. The end-caps are removable and it can easily accept a winch within its hollow center.

As for stand-alone options, the Jeep Trail Rated Kid is an off-road recovery kit that includes a couple D-ring shackles, a tow strap, gloves, and a nice carrying case. The engine block heater keeps the engine coolant from freezing in extremely cold climates via a 110-volt plug-in that powers a heater mounted inside the engine block. The Trailer Tow group has provisions for just that, towing a trailer, while the HD Electrical Group is something new. It includes those dash-mounted auxiliary switches and perhaps a high-output alternator.

Conclusion


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“Jeep has all but debuted the 2018 Wrangler JL in leaked information and scantily camouflaged test mules”

Jeep has all but debuted the 2018 Wrangler JL in leaked information and scantily camouflaged test mules. Our bet is these “leaks” are purposeful, coming straight from Jeep’s marketing department in an effort to drum up awareness for the new Wrangler and to gradually feed massive amounts of information in waves rather than one massive dump on debut day. Either that or Jeep has terrible information security.

The order guide “leak” comes just one week after the Owners Manual and Users Guide found their way onto JLWranglerForums. That leak gave us an unobstructed view of the Wrangler’s new interior, its engine options, towing specs, and how-to information like operation procedures for using every little feature.

And though we’re mostly impressed by the things we’ve seen so far, there are a few items we wish Jeep would include or make optional with the 2018 Wrangler. A factory winch would be a great add for the Rubicon model, even if it was optional. Ram already has a Warn winch included in the Power Wagon, so we know it’s possible. We’d also love to see the dark green and tan seats return to the Sahara trim. These two-tone seats were available with the 1987-1995 Wrangler YJ and the 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ and looked amazing with a tan dashboard. It will be interesting to see what “Heritage Tan” looks like, though the photos we’ve seen so far (specifically in the leaked Users Guide) make it seem like a cool name for a regular tan color.

Still, we are excited about Jeep’s upcoming Wrangler. It’s by far the automaker’s most popular and iconic model. The improved Wrangler JL should only boost sales thanks to its more civilized interior and two extra engine choices.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.

PostHeaderIcon Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We’re Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

With just a little over two months left before we say adieu to 2017, the wait for all 2018 model releases is hitting fever pitch. We can’t promise to make time move faster than it does, but what we can do is at least prepare everyone for what’s to come when the new year arrives. That said, let me be the first to say that 2018 is going to be a wild year for the auto industry, as old guards are retired, existing nameplates get their redesigns, and most importantly, all-new models are unleashed into the world.

Who knows, 2018 might even be the year when we take a big leap in electric and autonomous technology. A lot of things are at play when the new year rolls around so to keep the anticipation building, do check out this list of some of the hottest and most highly anticipated models to hit the streets next year. We can’t say that we like one of these models better over the other, but at least we’re giving you a good preview of what’s to come. Prepare those checkbooks, ladies and gentlemen, because some of these cars won’t come cheap.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Kia Stinger


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Was there ever any doubt that the Kia Stinger would be on this list? Personally, I’ve been waiting for the Stinger to hit the streets for quite a while now just to see how it stacks up against the European competition. More than that is the excitement that comes with being the model that signals Kia’s entry into the performance sedan market that’s populated by the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and Audi A4. Does the Kia Stinger and its 365-horsepower output hold up against the competition? We’re going to find out in 2018 and, for what it’s worth, I like Kia’s chances of making a statement when it debuts sometime around the fall of next year.

Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Stinger.

Lexus LS


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The Lexus LS flagship sedan is another late 2018 arrival and, just like the Stinger, there are a lot of expectations for this model to do well off the bat. The good news is that Lexus prepared it to meet those standards. For one, the LS is completely redesigned and features a longer, lower, and wider stance. That coupe-like dynamic should play well to those who weren’t fans of the outgoing version. Then there’s the engine, which isn’t anything to sneeze at. The LS will feature plenty of engine choices, beginning with a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 that pumps out 415 horsepower and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. If that doesn’t suit your flight of fancy, Lexus is also offering a hybrid version in the form of the LS 500h. This variant will come with the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine to go with a couple of electric motors. Total output is rated at 354 horsepower, and while it isn’t as powerful or as fast as the gas version, it’s sporty enough that it shouldn’t matter. Besides, hybrid calls for better efficiency, so there’s a nice trade-off right there.

Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LS.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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Ok, so this may be a little bit of a cheat here because deliveries of the Challenger SRT Demon are expected to start any time now if it hasn’t started already. But let’s face it: has there ever been a model this year that’s been hyped up to Timbuktu like the SRT Demon? I personally can’t think of one, though the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is making a late case for itself. Be that as it may, expect production – and the conversations about the Demon –
to bleed into the new year as customers slowly start receiving their cars. Without question, this super limited (only 3,000 units in the US) muscle car will dominate the narrative next year, especially if it lives up all the hype it has received since it was announced earlier this year. Hard to imagine going wrong with a car that can spit out 840 horsepower and 720 pound-feet of torque without so much as breaking a sweat in the process.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Tesla Model 3


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Yet another model that’s actually already being delivered to the first batch of owners is the Tesla Model 3. And, like the Challenger SRT Demon, there’s tremendous hype surrounding the Model 3, though not exactly for boasting sinister power numbers. The Model 3, in essence, is Tesla’s entry-level offering for those who have been priced out of getting either the Model S sedan or the Model X SUV. There’s been a lot of news surrounding the Model 3 recently, particularly the car’s slower-than-expected production time, but rest assured, 2018 is going to be a huge year for the car because only then will it be determined if the Model 3 is the game-changing vehicle that Tesla has hyped it to be. Mark my words: the Model 3 will dominate plenty of discussions next year.

Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.

Jeep Wrangler


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Oh, yes! It’s been 11 years since Jeep rolled out an all-new Wrangler, so you can understand why so many people are pumped up to see the next-generation model when it hits dealerships next year. As one of Jeep’s most popular models – Wrangler sales have consistently grown by roughly 20,000 units since 2011 – there are a lot of people waiting with baited breath to see if the new model can live up to the success of its predecessor. Needless to say, Jeep prepared it in such a way that it should be able to carry that burden. It’s already been announced that the new Wrangler will be available as a two-door, four-door Unlimited, and a pickup truck. Likewise, the model will feature a host of new engine choices, including the expected addition of a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 borrowed from the Ram 1500. This mil has up to 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque on tap and will work with a ZF eight-speed auto transmission for good measure.

Read more about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Alpine A110


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This is more of a personal choice than anything else because the model isn’t coming to the US. But, allow me to gush over the Alpine A110 one more time. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful sports cars I’ve seen in quite some time, and it’s upcoming release in 2018 has me wishing that I had a European address to go to so that I can get my hands on one. But alas, the A110 will remain across the pond, for now, depriving us the opportunity to gush over it in all its splendid beauty. Make no mistake though; the A110 is more than just eye-candy; it also features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of 155 mph. It really is a bummer that we can’t get our hands on the A110, but stranger things have happened. Cross your fingers that at least some of them find their way into the US. Legally, of course.

Read our full review on the Alpine A110.

Hyundai i30 N


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Since we’re here lamenting about the status – or lack of one – of the Alpine A110 here in the US, how about we pour some salt in our wounds by also pointing out that the Hyundai i30 N is also unlikely to make its way to U.S. shores. This list has suddenly turned depressing. As I wipe my tears away, I should point out that the i30 N sits in a similar spot as the Kia Stinger being the first hot hatch offering to come out of Hyundai. And, just like the Stinger, there’s plenty of hype surrounding the i30 N and how it’s going to be able to stack up adjacent the establishment in its segment, which – by the way – includes titans like the Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The i30 N certainly has the numbers to back up its hype – 246 ponies and 271 pound-feet of twist from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – but only time will tell if the whole package translates into the car we all expect it to be. Good thing, then, that we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30 N.

Volvo XC40


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No list of mine is going to be complete without mentioning the latest upcoming release from Volvo. I’m not afraid to admit it either. Volvo has completely won me over, and the excitement I’m feeling in my body over the coming arrival of the XC40 is another indication that I’m fully on-board the bandwagon. I honestly don’t know what I’m most excited about when it comes to the XC40. It could be the fact that it’s actually Volvo’s first ever premium compact SUV. It could also be the fact that it has adopted Volvo’s new design language (one of the best in the business). It could also be that the crossover has enough advanced safety tech features that it helps to validate the automaker’s reputation. It might even be because the XC40 has enough engine options to make a prospective buyer’s head spin. Or, it could be a combination of all of the points I just mentioned. Either way, I’m excited to see the XC40 in full bloom and its arrival in 2018 is going to be cause for celebration in my household.

Read our full review on the Volvo XC40.

Chevrolet Equinox


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It’s not exactly an all-new model in the way some other cars on this list are, but still, let’s give some love to the 2018 Equinox. It’s only two years removed from getting the next-gen treatment, but already, Chevrolet is preparing the 2018 model to be 400 pounds lighter than its previous incarnation. On top of that, the steady choice of engine options remains one of its most important attributes, as is the returns owners get from any of these engines – 40 miles per gallon has been reported. It’s safe to say that the crossover and SUV markets will be as competitive as they’ve ever been in 2018 and the 2018 Equinox will definitely be in the thick of all the fighting.

Read our full review on the Chevrolet Equinox.

Toyota Camry


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The last spot is reserved for America’s best-selling car, or at least one of the best-selling: the Toyota Camry. Why am I excited for the 2018 release? There are enough reasons to be, including the model’s edgier styling, something that the Camry has never been the best at. Add that to its lineup of powerful and efficient engines, a wide array of advanced safety tech, and you’re looking at a model that’s fixing to keep its position as one of the most popular models in the US. It’s really as simple as that.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Camry.

PostHeaderIcon Are You Ready For the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL?

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL might not last long. In fact, the all-new Wrangler might only enjoy one month of production. But that’s not because Jeep is canning its multi-million dollar makeover of its bread-n-butter SUV, rather, Jeep will begin manufacturing 2019 model year Wranglers on January 2, 2018. Yep, only one month after the Wrangler JL arrives in showrooms; the 2018 model will make way for the upcoming model year – at least that’s according to an insider source for Allpar who is said to be reliable.

This is an unprecedented move by Jeep to begin production of the next model year so early within the calendar year. Generally, automakers wait until mid-summer to release the next model year, with the first big waves of stock hitting dealership showrooms in August and September. So why January 2? Well, January 1 is a holiday, making the 2nd the earliest legal date Jeep can build a 2019 production vehicle.

Putting the pieces from several rumors together, this could mean all 2018 Jeep Wrangler JLs will be the four-door Unlimited version. A past report suggested the two-door Wrangler wouldn’t arrive until February 2018. It also means the Wrangler JL-based pickup truck, the Scrambler, could begin production within the same 2019 model year.

That same insider source for Allpar had also broke news the current Jeep Wrangler JK will remain in production through March 2018. It was later confirmed by Jeep that the JK would overlap production of the JL into the 2018 calendar year. That will likely give Jeep the chance to deplete its stockpile of JK parts while smoothly transitioning into JL production and supplies for dealerships across North America and around the world.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.

PostHeaderIcon Jeep Says “Nope” to 368-horse Wrangler JL

Just days ago a leaked document from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggested the next-generation, 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL would have a 368-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The world gasped and Jeep fans melted at the thought of a Wrangler having more power than a Ford Focus RS. Sadly, it seems FCA either had a type-o or is now trying to cover up this leaked information. Those same documents regarding VIN identification have now been resubmitted with edited information. The 2.0-liter’s horsepower is now listed as “Not Rated.”

The way I see it, there are three possibilities. First, some engineer or clerical worker deep inside Chrysler’s headquarters didn’t have their morning cup of Joe and fudged the numbers. Perhaps it was an honest mistake and it was supposed to read 268 horsepower or something. That’s a likely scenario. Second, some engineer or clerical worker forgot to censor the horsepower specs for Jeep’s new 2.0-liter “Hurricane” four-cylinder and is now in hot water with Sergio Marchionne and Mike Manley. Oops. Third, FCA is playing us – and hard. It’s very possible Jeep is leaving clues for us to find just like Dodge did with the SRT Demon. And if the Hurricane truly makes 368 horsepower, who could blame them? That’s a massive amount of power from such a small engine. Only the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 and CLA45’s 2.0-liter turbo-four makes more horsepower (375) from the factory.

The good news is we won’t have to wait long. Jeep is scheduled to debut the new 2018 Wrangler JL at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show in late November with vehicles arriving in dealerships in December. The initial launch will consist only of the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, with the classic two-door Wrangler following in February of 2018.

What scenario do you think is going on? Did someone make a type-o? Was the info accidentally leaked? Is Jeep trolling us by teasing high-horsepower specs only to redact the information? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Will Have 368-HP Four-Cylinder!

News of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler is still trickling in, but thanks to an official document sent by Fiat Chrysler to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we now know the horsepower rating for the new 2.0-liter “Hurricane” turbocharged four-cylinder. Turns out, the Hurricane isn’t some lowly four-banger nobody will want. Actually, the engine kicks out 368 horsepower, making it one of the most potent turbo-fours on the market.

That’s right; the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will have an optional 2.0-liter turbo-four with more horsepower than a Ford Focus RS and Porsche 718 Boxster S. In fact, only the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and GLA45’s 2.0-liter turbo-four with 375 horsepower is more powerful. Unfortunately, FCA’s document didn’t divulge the Hurricane’s torque figure, but we’d bet on at least 320 pound-feet. Also unfortunate, is the rumor suggesting the Hurricane will be limited to an automatic transmission, preventing Jeep folks who row their own from having high-horsepower fun. Then again, we’ve never had a complaint with FCA’s use and programming of the ZF eight-speed automatic, so even the automatic Wrangler JL should be fun to drive.

The other bit of powertrain news is the confirmed return of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 but slotted as the base engine. The same documents show the V-6 producing the same 285 horsepower. While that’s a bit disappointing, Jeep could be saving an update for the V-6 until after the current-generation Wrangler JK ends production sometime late in 2018. Jeep will keep the JK in production, likely named the Wrangler Classic or something, in order to supplement sales of the JL. At launch, the new JL will only be available in the four-door Unlimited trim, with two-door models coming in February of 2018. Retaining the current V-6 would be more cost-effective than updating the outgoing JK to use the updated V-6. Jeep could then position an updated V-6 as a mid-cycle perk sometime towards 2020. Of course, that’s just speculation.

What do you think? Would you buy a 368-horsepower Wrangler JL? Let us know in the comments below.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.


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Check out more renderings for the upcoming Jeep Wrangler.


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Read our full review on the 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler JK.

PostHeaderIcon Is This The next Jeep Wrangler Two-Door?

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler is nearing its debut date and the anticipation is nearing pandemonium. But before its unveiling expected at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show in late November, the sleuths at JLWranglerForums have rendered what they think the two-door Wrangler will look like. Codenamed JL, the 2018 Wrangler won’t be a dramatic departure from the current, 2007-2017 Wrangler JK, but rather an evolution of the iconic design that dates back to the 1941 Willys MB general purpose military vehicle. Nevertheless, the new Jeep will be brimming with updated technology, new powertrains, and tons of user-friendly features.

The Wrangler JL two-door rendering matches up quite well with the camouflaged test mules seen slogging around in different parts of the country. The short-wheelbase Jeep uses all the same design elements as its four-door brother, but with no rear doors. The two-door sill can seat five, though three across in the rear bench is a pinch and getting back there isn’t as easy without dedicated doors. But the plus side: the two-door Wrangler will be the off-roading champ of the JL lineup thanks to its shorter wheelbase (and therefore better break-over angle) and slightly lighter weight. Speaking of weight, a few of the Wrangler’s body panels are expected to be aluminum, though most of the body will be stamped from steel. And of course, the Wrangler will continue to use solid axles at each end, ride on coil springs, and have a body-on-frame construction – just as God intended.

The 2018 Wrangler JL does have a few exterior features worth mentioning. First, the front bumper has a new, more functional design. It might be limited to upper trim levels, but hopefully not. The daytime running lights and turn signals are incorporated into the front fenders. While it looks cool, the aftermarket will have to overcome this when designing stubby fenders for large-diameter tires. The engine bay vent is expected here, as well, nestled neatly behind the front fenders. A strong character line below the windows helps divide the Wrangler’s top and bottom halves. Last but not least, the rear bumper now holds the license plate – a big departure from the body-mounted plate on the CJs and Wranglers that have come before. And of course, those taillights are designed to look like Jerry Cans, a design feature Jeep first incorporated into the Renegade.

So, what do you think of this rendering of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL two-door? Will it be a big success? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.


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Read our full review on the current 2017 Jeep Wrangler.


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PostHeaderIcon Jeep Scrambler

The Jeep Wrangler Pickup has been confirmed for some time now, but Jeep has been quiet on the details. Between spy shots and insider information, we know the pickup will use the upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL’s frame, front styling, cab, interior, and powertrains. The mystery still remains as to what the cargo bed looks like and the materials its constructional from. What’s more, Jeep has yet to define the exact target audience for the Wrangler pickup, otherwise known as the JT. Will it offer class-leading payload and towing or will it be more focused on off-road performance? While we can’t say for sure, we’ve got some strong indications of Jeep’s intentions with its 2019-model-year pickup.

The Wrangler Pickup will ride on a lengthened version of the Wrangler Unlimited JL’s frame to accommodate the extra length needed for the bed. This means a longer, more stable Wrangler for on-road driving and trailer towing, but a slightly less maneuverable and (dare I say) capable Wrangler for off-roading adventures. It’s the break-over angle that will suffer the most, making the Wrangler pickup more vulnerable to high centering. Still, expect the JT to come standard with 4WD and Jeep’s Trail Rated rating.

Update 08/22/2017: A report from JeepScramblerForum.com shows confirmation the Jeep Wrangler pickup will be called the Jeep Scrambler, a name already associated with Jeep pickups of the 1980s. What’s more, CAD drawings show the extended frame and upgraded Dana axles. Also confirmed is the pickup’s use of the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6.

PostHeaderIcon Holy Toledo! 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Breaks Cover

Well, it’s finally happened – the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has been spotted without camouflage. The next-generation Jeep was reportedly spotted inside Jeep’s Toledo assembly plant and sent to our friends at JLWranglerForums. The grainy photo was undoubtedly not supposed to be taken, as evidenced by the limited view it affords of the new Wrangler Unlimited. Still, there are plenty of details to pour over.

First, it’s clear this is a four-door Wrangler Unlimited, otherwise known as the JLU. It’s lack of badging, knobby tires, and rock rails suggests this is a Sport model, though its hood features vents – a previous sign of an upper-class model or special edition. The windshield bump-stops on the hood have been redesigned, too. Also visible is the side vent integrated just behind the front fender. It’s smaller than anticipated, but thankfully doesn’t distract from the Wrangler’s classic lines. And speaking of lines, the cowling panel and doors have strong creases, helping break up the flat, vertical sides seen on the previous Wrangler JK. New side mirrors are present, too, with integrated turn signals. Gone are the push-button door handles, replaced with pull-style handles in black. The front fenders carry a new shape and appear molded from richer, higher-quality plastic. This particular Jeep has the soft top option, which we’re glad still exists. Unfortunately, the photos don’t show much of the interior, beyond the black seats covered in protective plastic. Of course, at this rate, we’ll have a full view of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL long before its official debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show in November.

Continue reading for more information.

PostHeaderIcon Juicy Jeep Wrangler JL Details Leaked, Including Full-Time 4WD!

Fiat Chrysler can’t keep the cat in the bag with its upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. The latest leak is massive in scale, unloading details of trim packages, paint colors, and order codes, complete with all their corresponding options. The info comes straight from FCA’s online dealership ordering system via the fan forum JLWranglerForums. Image screenshots confirm the authenticity while giving an unprecedented glimpse at what Jeep’s internal operations. This leaves only the final design, engine output specs, and MSRP to speculation. But with the Wrangler’s debut scheduled for the LA Auto Show in November, there’s still plenty of time for more leaks.

Leading this batch of leaks is the addition of a power-retractable soft top, the conformation of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, the axing of the luxury-minded Sahara trim for the two-door Wrangler, and the debut of a full-time 4WD system reserved exclusively for the four-door Sahara. Jeep purists shouldn’t fret, though – the Sport and Rubicon trims return, along with an optional Heavy Duty Electrical Group (supposedly for running extra lights and a CB radio), and something called the “Trail Rail Management System.” Six tire and four wheel options are present, too, with wheels sized at 17 and 18 inches. Seven color choices will be offered, along with the return of a tan soft top. The AEK Electronic Infotainment System Group includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Alpine returns as the premium audio system.

Continue reading for a ton more information on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

PostHeaderIcon Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock – Driven

Jeep is hardly the oldest automaker, but it’s arguably one of the most iconic. Its premier vehicle, the Wrangler, is slathered in blue-blooded Americana and glorified war history that transcends our continent and into every corner of the globe. Show anybody anywhere that seven-slotted grille and round headlights, and you’ll be rewarded with “Jeep!”

It’s no secret Jeep is completely revamping the Wrangler for 2018, giving it new life with more creature comforts and technology while not diluting any of its rugged off-road capabilities. But before that happens, we’re talking a close look at the current version, the Wrangler JK. It debuted in 2007 and has undergone relatively few changes. Jeep upgraded the interior in 2011 and swapped in the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 in 2012 to replace the lazy 3.8-liter V-6. Beyond that, Jeep has relied on special editions to keep the Wrangler fresh. But despite the on-paper stagnation, the Wrangler has exploded in popularity. Jeep went from selling 80,000 Wrangler TJs in 2006 to 202,702 Wrangler JKs in 2015. Much of that can likely be attributed to the Wrangler Unlimited, the four-door version of the two-door SUV. Families could finally justify a Wrangler for both commuting and weekend getaways. Then came the explosion in aftermarket support from companies solely devoted to selling custom parts for the Wrangler. The Jeep community grew and folks hopped on the bandwagon. And who wouldn’t? Just look at it. Read along as I attempt to objectively revaluate a vehicle I’ve been passionate about since the 4.0-liter inline-six was the engine of choice.

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PostHeaderIcon Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock – Driven

Jeep is hardly the oldest automaker, but it’s arguably one of the most iconic. Its premier vehicle, the Wrangler, is slathered in blue-blooded Americana and glorified war history that transcends our continent and into every corner of the globe. Show anybody anywhere that seven-slotted grille and round headlights, and you’ll be rewarded with “Jeep!”

It’s no secret Jeep is completely revamping the Wrangler for 2018, giving it new life with more creature comforts and technology while not diluting any of its rugged off-road capabilities. But before that happens, we’re talking a close look at the current version, the Wrangler JK. It debuted in 2007 and has undergone relatively few changes. Jeep upgraded the interior in 2011 and swapped in the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 in 2012 to replace the lazy 3.8-liter V-6. Beyond that, Jeep has relied on special editions to keep the Wrangler fresh. But despite the on-paper stagnation, the Wrangler has exploded in popularity. Jeep went from selling 80,000 Wrangler TJs in 2006 to 202,702 Wrangler JKs in 2015. Much of that can likely be attributed to the Wrangler Unlimited, the four-door version of the two-door SUV. Families could finally justify a Wrangler for both commuting and weekend getaways. Then came the explosion in aftermarket support from companies solely devoted to selling custom parts for the Wrangler. The Jeep community grew and folks hopped on the bandwagon. And who wouldn’t? Just look at it. Read along as I attempt to objectively revaluate a vehicle I’ve been passionate about since the 4.0-liter inline-six was the engine of choice.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Highs & Lows

If ever there were a vehicle that could be described as “ionic,” the Jeep CJ/Wrangler would be it. It’s overall shape hasn’t changed much since the U.S. entered WWII in 1941, and neither has its off-road capability. The current version, the Wrangler JK, has been around a decade now, having debuted for the 2007 model year. By now you know Jeep is readying its replacement with the 2018 Wrangler JL – an SUV rumored to be far superior to the JK in nearly every way, both in on-road comfort and off-road ability. But before the last new JK rolls off its Ohio assembly line, I spent a week living with one of the most hard-core versions: the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock.

Now, if you’ve been living under a rock and have to ask yourself what makes a Rubicon Hard Rock, take the time to read my explanation. For the rest of us, we can explore the Wrangler’s highs and low – its loveable characteristics and loathsome traits. The Jeep certainly has both, and you’d better be fully aware of each should you purchase one, much like the 191,774 customers did in the U.S. in 2016 alone. Of course, these are just my opinions, so feel free to tell me yours in the comments below.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Jeep Wrangler To Debut At LA Auto Show

The upcoming and highly anticipated 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. That’s the official word from Jeep CEO Mike Manley, originating from an interview with Auto Express. What’s more, Manley confirmed the Wrangler will have a hybrid powertrain option, the details of which will be announced before the end of 2017. Thankfully, the Wrangler will still have the rugged looks and off-road capability of the current Wrangler JK we’ve come to love, but with healthy updates to both styling details and interior NVH.

“It’s definitely going to move the game along but you will absolutely know it’s a Wrangler – for sure! If we did anything that departed from the Wrangler formula I don’t think I’d be able to get out of the States,” said Manley, a native of Great Britain. It’s clear the next-generation Wrangler will have a familiar shape thanks to numerous spy shots of prototype vehicles seen scurrying around Detroit.
However, improvements to the Wrangler’s everyday livability will be a welcomed addition. “You’ll be really surprised how far we’ve been able to move things in terms of capability, fuel economy, ride comfort, noise and all of those things, said Mike Manley. “I’m very pleased with where it is.”

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PostHeaderIcon What Makes a Rubicon Hard Rock?

This week has a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock in my driveway. It’s a mouthful of a name, but its title is nothing compared to the laundry list of upgraded equipment bolted to this hard-core SUV. Things like rock rails, a heat-reduction hood, mud tires, and locking differentials just scratch the surface. As such, I wanted to take a deep dive into what constitutes a Rubicon trim – and the subsequent Hard Rock model – of the venerable Jeep Wrangler JK.

The current Jeep Wrangler, codenamed JK, has been around since 2007. The JK revolutionized the Wrangler with the addition of a four-door model called the Wrangler Unlimited. Since its introduction, the Wrangler JK has undergone minimal changes. An improved interior came for 2011 followed by the then-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 in 2012. Beyond that, only special edition models have kept the Wrangler fresh. Of course, Jeep is selling plenty of JKs, so there’s not much need to change. In fact, the Wrangler’s best year was 2015 when 202,702 Wranglers found homes in the U.S. alone. Jeep also sold 20,880 JKs in Canada that year, along with thousands more in markets around the world. But the JK’s days are numbered. Jeep is rolling out an all-new Wrangler for 2018, codenamed the JL. However, that doesn’t discount the awesomeness that is the current Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock. Keep reading to find out why.

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