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Jeep reveals specs for the new JL-generation 2018 Wrangler

The next generation of the Jeep Wrangler (JL) is being touted by the brand as having more power, more features and more off-road ability than the previous JK generation. To back up its claims, Jeep laid down the specs and numbers for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler as the off-road specialist is unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeep will be commencing sales of the new 2018 Wrangler in the first quarter of next year. The very capable SUV will be available either as a two-door or four-door model. Customers have three trims to choose from: Sport, Sahara and the most off-road focused Rubicon. There are three top designs offered for new Wrangler: hardtop with a longer “gutter” and lighter removable “Freedom Top” panels; updated convertible top; and the new powered soft top that works like a canvas sunroof.

In terms of power source, three engines are available. One of these is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that offers up to 285 hp (209 kW) of output at 6,400 rpm and up to 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at 4,800 rpm. This engine is standard on all models of the 2018 Wrangler. Meanwhile, optional on all models of the new generation Wrangler is the 2.0-liter Turbo I-4 engine that could deliver 270 hp (200 kW) of max output at 5,250 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. Only available to four-door models of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the 3.0-liter Ecodiesel V-6 that generates 260 hp of max output and 442 lb-ft of peak torque as mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (850RE).

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Jeep confirms Wrangler plug-in hybrid for 2020 lineup

It has taken many months of rumours and speculations before we actually get a confirmation from Jeep regarding the next generation Wrangler. And finally, the actual product is now exhibited at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mike Manley also took this opportunity to make an interesting announcement. During the event, he said that the car manufacturer does have plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler for the 2020 model year.

Though the boss did not share a lot of details about the new and improved Wrangler, we know that it will be partially electrified. And having said that, we could expect it to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain like that of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which comes with a 3.6 liter V6 gasoline engine. This would likely be paired with two electric motors and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Here is the thing, there might be something about the packaging that might turn out to be problematic. And because of that, the Wrangler PHEV might actually feature its own setup. And if that is the case, it will likely still share most of the components of the Pacific Hybrid just like a lot of cars from FCA as part of their strategy to drive down costs related to development.

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Here are the first interior images of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep isn't finished teasing the all-new next-generation Jeep Wrangler. In the build-up to the eventual official unveiling of the new 2018 Wrangler at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep has released more images of the next-generation sports utility vehicle.

While the first three images released for the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler showed the exterior appearance of the SUV, the latest set presents its interior. It basically shows what the cabin of the next-gen Jeep Wrangler looks like. For instance, the images reveal a steering wheel with extra chrome styling elements. Likewise, the central infotainment screen is now more prominent, with its knobs and dials all restyled. Furthermore, the instrument cluster of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler now features a small screen.

According to Jeep, the interior of the new Wrangler combines authentic styling and precision craftsmanship while employing high-quality materials. This combination has allowed the new Jeep Wrangler to offer enhanced levels of versatility and comfort for both its drivers and passengers.

Read the entire article Here are the first interior images of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited gets a slight price hike

Jeep did not warn us that they will be releasing the 2018 Wrangler soon, but surprisingly, it made an unexpected online debut on November 1st at the SEMA show in Vegas. This off-roader has been highly anticipated, and finally, here it is. It features a light evolution, as well as some added modern equipment. Also, thanks to details that have been leaked on the Jeep website, we already know how much it will cost.

If you go and check out the images, you can get the four door 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Sport JLU in the United States for $30,445, plus and extra $995 for delivery. This model will still be Jeep’s entry-level four-door, and you guys may notice a little price increase ($2,550) over the 2017 model. On the other hand, the 2018 Sport JKU will still have an asking price of $27,895 just like the older model.

Another leaked list shows the whole lineup of Jeep models including the three trim levels and options that will be available. The document states that the base Sport model will not come with standard air conditioning. However, it will come standard with features like three separate tow hooks, electronic stability control, tinted glass, a fuel tank skid plate, hill start assist, and a five-inch Uconnect Infotainment system. Of course, expect the higher models like the Rubicon and the Sahara to gain more features such as power heated mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

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Barely a month before Jeep officially unveils the all-new next-generation Jeep Wrangler at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the carmaker released three official images of the capable SUV. These images are just teasers, but show the new Jeep Wrangler in its full glory before the LA Auto Show.

According to Jeep, the 2018 Wrangler is the most capable SUV so far, with an ability to deliver the superior 4x4 capability that Jeep vehicles are known. After all, the new Wrangler is expected to feature the latest, most advanced version of Jeep's vaunted four-wheel-drive system, allowing the SUV to remain the king of the off-road world.

The next generation of the Jeep Wrangler will also be available with advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, and will be laden with more safety features and advanced technology. There were no details about these powertrains, but there have been rumours the new Wrangler could be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a turbodiesel mill. An updated version of the 3.6-liter V6 engine employed in the current Wrangler is rumored to be included in the powertrain options, as paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Electrified hybrid variants of the new Wrangler are also expected to be offered.

Read the entire article Jeep releases images of next-generation Wrangler before official reveal at LA Auto Show

While the official premiere of 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL/JLU) is already set this December, fans everywhere rejoiced at having had something like this appear on the web. Yes, everything we need to learn about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is now accessible thanks to the leaked owner’s manual and user guide posted at the JL Wrangler Forums website. You can find everything from technical specs, operation, down to the interior. The PDF files practically contain all the information about the new Wrangler. It’s pretty overwhelming so we kind of don’t know where to start but allow us to share the juiciest parts anyway.

For starters, why don’t we talk about the engine. The leaked owner’s manual reveals that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will have two powertrain options---one is a 3.6-liter V6 hybrid while the other is a 2.0-liter turbo hybrid gas /electric powertrain. The recommended fuel is 91 octane for the 2.0L (Hurricane) turbo and 87 octane for the 3.6 L V6 (Pentastar) which comes with a manual transmission.

It also seems that the next generation Wrangler has been equipped with all the latest features for safety, luxury and convenience that normally come with a premium model. Likewise, the new Wrangler is offered with the same off-road capability that has been known to brand, with nearly the same payload and towing capacity as the previous Jeeps. Meaning, the JLU can tow up to 3,500 pounds (1,587 kg) maximum, while the two-door Jeep has a maximum towing of 2,000lbs (907kg).

Read the entire article Leaked: See what’s inside 2018 Jeep Wrangler owner’s manual

Two black and white images were leaked to the public eye, whether it’s intentional or not. Coming from a site called JL Wrangler, the pictures are rumoured to be of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler JLU that seem to closely resemble the spy shots and the leaked poster from a dealer meeting last year. Previously the leaked ones were the hood and the grille, now it’s the time for your eyes to feast on the next of kin 2018 JLU. The question lies: Is it worth the wait?

Apart from the removable roof and doors of the model, it is also noticed that the JLU also has a rather larger front bump design compared to the current vehicle, turn signals on the mirrors which are attached to the higher on the doors within new window moldings, headlights winding into the outer grille slats (same with the previously leaked grille), a much longer vented hood, fender vents on the anterior quarter panels, solid frame with fixed roll cage in roughly the same location as the current sport bar, and a windshield that is situated nearer to the hood.

The vehicle's contour is somewhat likened to a pronounced belt line hereby making the door hands positioned slightly below where they are originally located. Moreover, the windows are seen to have rounder corners, and at the rear, we can’t help but admire its wrap around taillights. Worth mentioning also is that the anterior fenders seem to have some distinct LED light strips, which Car& Driver leaked many months ago and which emphasize the 2018 Jeep Wrangler's new light signatures at the front, and also at the back. The new JLU is also rumoured to be fitted with LED headlights and it also comes with the fender strips.

Read the entire article Leaked images give us first look of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JLU Rubicon

Jeep will soon be very busy with regards to the next generation of its Wrangler SUV (known as JL and JLU internally). First up, Jeep will be officially unveiling the new generation of the Wrangler (2018 model year) at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show this week. Then, Jeep will be retooling a portion of its Toledo Assembly Complex to prepare for the production of the next-gen Wrangler, local union officials told The Toledo Blade.

Specifically, Jeep will retool the site’s portion that currently produces the Jeep Cherokee. The retooling will commence in April and is expected to be completed within six months. This means that Jeep will stop production of the Cherokee at Toledo starting April, and shift its assembly to Fiat Chrysler’s Belvidere site in Illinois. Local media in Illinois have been reporting that Jeep is currently in the midst of preparing the Belvidere site for Cherokee production. Fiat Chrysler’s Belvidere site used to build the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot, with their production ending December 23, 2016.

Once the retooling of this specific portion of the Toledo manufacturing site is completed in November this year, Jeep will immediately commence production of the next-gen Wrangler JL, as disclosed by Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12. Assembly of pre-production models will start earlier to determine and iron out the possible kinks in the lines.

Read the entire article Jeep to commence production of next-gen Wrangler JL in November 2017

A custom-made Jeep Wrangler wearing Center Line’s RT1X wheels was seen recently in the Lucas Oil offroad Expo in Pomono, California. In this event, Starwood Motors enticed their audience with Centre Line wheels and seems to have captivated the majority. It’s one of those moments when all eyes are stuck on the wheels.

Starwood Motors has teamed up with Center Line to build a new beast. We know how wheels can be more useful for off-road vehicles so this comes as no surprise. But let’s face the fact that some vehicle brands and tuning specialists have already shied away from offering their own take on wheels. Most have relied on partnership and have been pushing after market fitments instead. This probably led to Starwood and Center Line’s latest collaboration.

Since the Jeep Wrangler is a conventional off-road naked SUV, the team has worked doubly hard to create a new impression of power, strength and durabilty. While it looks similar to other Jeeps, Starwood Motors’ white and black Jeep Wrangler isn’t boring.

Read the entire article Center Line RT1X wheels on Starwood's Jeep Wrangler steal the show!

The much-anticipated debut of the new Wrangler will surely happen. As it approaches, we’ve gathered all the latest information released so far. Of course, most are expecting that the next generation Jeep Wrangler will be a better version of the current SUV. Well, we can tell you it won’t only be better as it will also be quite different.

Here’s the thing; the same Jeep, which has been the brand’s role model for the last ten years, will finally use a new code name. From what we heard, JK, the outgoing model’s internal product code will be changed to JL for 2018. In other words, there will be significant changes in its design. Even so, Wrangler’s classic body-on-frame will most likely remain intact given the new platform.

Renderings of the new Jeep Wrangler continue to surface as time passes by. Based on what we’ve seen, the engineers will try to incorporate some new approach. If we come to think of Ford’s new F-150, most of the body is now made of aluminium. In case Wrangler needs to consider cutting down on weight and fuel consumption, their engineers will likely use the same strategy.

Read the entire article At a glance: What we know about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Perhaps not a few have mistaken this Wrangler JK Unlimited Rubicon for a Jeep XJ Cherokee. After all, this off-road SUV is a tuned Wrangler with the face of a Cherokee. This is the Jeep XJK Pathkiller, a crossed SUV recently featured at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (2016 SEMA Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since there has been no one daring enough to significantly change the front end of the Wrangler, it is fairly understandable that nobody would right away recognize the Jeep XJK Pathkiller as a Wrangler if it features the face of a Cherokee. Greg Henderson of Michigan-based custom vehicle builder Unofficial Use Only made good use of his creativity, skills and experience in creating the Pathkiller.

Henderson is already famous in the aftermarket world for his previous vehicle designs. He was then tapped by myTop -- an aftermarket company that retails electric convertible soft tops for Jeep Wranglers – to create something to be displayed at the 2016 SEMA.

Read the entire article XJK Pathkiller is a custom Jeep Wrangler with a Cherokee face

According to JL Wrangler Forums, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will continue to have a radical design in that it will continue to have the classic look of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler but it will have new features. To come up with this description, the forum put together a rendering of the new model using leaked photos as well as spy photos.

Starting with the rear section, the lights are the same as those on FCA drawings with the exception that the reverse lights are not present. Meanwhile the plastic fender flares are those seen on the SUV variant with the square taillights being the same ones on the truck version. Spy photos on the other hand reveal that the pickup is similar to the Ram in that the box is streamlined and have the taillights integrated to it.

Chances are that this is more of a placeholder until the brand chooses the final design. Both models show that its sides have squared-off details for the door handles and top. The addition of beveled corners gives it a more contemporary appearance. One design change that could catch anyone’s attention can be seen at the back of the bumper in the rear as there seems to be an air dam to help with aerodynamics.

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Many have been excited with the impending arrival of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the new 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is slated to be the brand’s new range-topping model. Jeep has yet to officially unveil the next-generation Wrangler and the Grand Wagoneer, which are slated to be launched for the 2018 and 2019 model years, respectively.

While it seemed it would take longer before we could get a good glimpse of these new models, a purported leak occurred during a dealer presentation. An attendee of the dealer event managed to snap some shots of the presentation slides using a smartphone. Blurry as they may be, but the photos are clear enough to show the Jeep brand’s upcoming vehicle lineup.

The new vehicles – lurking on a black background – include (from left to right) the Renegade, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Grand Wagoneer. However, the five-vehicle lineup does not include the new Jeep Compass.

Read the entire article Leaked photos of next-gen 2018 Jeep Wrangler, 2019 Grand Wagoneer emerge after dealer presentation

We have become all too familiar with sports cars getting facelifts or power boosts that even these crazy makeovers don’t look too surprising anymore. However recently, there has been a growing number of tuning companies who have devoted their time and effort to make 6x6 variants of vehicles in various body styles. Now it looks like a new trend is starting amongst tuning companies.

It’s not a common occurrence for automakers and tuning companies to create these super rare 6x6 vehicles. It’s even more infrequent for them to actually get it right. Mercedes-Benz is by far the only automaker known to make 6x6 variants straight from their factories. They have created the wild and crazy beauty that is the G63 AMG 6x6, very popular and loved by the public and the ultimate off-road buddy.

Then there’s Kahn Design’s Flying Huntsman Concept – a 6x6 coach-built special edition based on a Land Rover Defender – and all its other odd concoctions from a Lamborghini Urus 6x6 to a Smart Fortwo 6x6. Now, joining the line-up is a 6x6 Jeep Wrangler.

Read the entire article China-based G. Patton creates own version of 6x6 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep brand, created in 1941, will be celebrating its diamond anniversary in 2016. This means 75 years of being the leader in the 4x4 segment, an amazing military history, the ability to enjoy the open-air partnered, and of course, adventure. To mark this milestone, Jeep will be making unique special-edition version for each of the vehicles in its product lineup.

All of the models that will be released under the 75th Anniversary special-edition will have the exterior in the Jeep-exclusive Green. Some models though are available in the Jungle Green, Recon Green, or the Sarge Green.

In addition, the exterior will also have Bronze and Orange accents while the wheels will come in Low Gloss Bronze. The interior is expected to be unique and the seats will either be embossed with 75th Anniversary logo or will have the Ombre Mesh fabric that will have the 75th Anniversary exterior badge.

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Jeep will be unveiling two special-edition models at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show -- the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night and the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry.

First off, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night is basically a performance-driven Jeep Grand Cherokee cloaked in a premium night-like appearance with the addition of Gloss Black roof, front grille bezels, B and C pillars, rear spoiler and side window surrounds.

Moreover, Satin Black applique is used on the vehicle’s front, badging on the hood, and rear liftgate. Also wrapped in Satin Black are the new lightweight split five-spoke “5Ten” 20-inch wheels, which are intricately designed to show off the Grand Cherokee SRT8’s Brembo brakes.

Read the entire article 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night, Wrangler Blackcountry debut at 2015 LA Auto Show

In celebration of the 50th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep will build 50 serialized Jeep Wrangler Red Rock special editions based on the Wrangler Red Rock Concept showed at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

For this concept, Jeep partnered with Mopar to show one of the possibilities that customers could achieve by availing of aftermarket Performance Parts from Mopar. In fact, the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock special-edition model is bound to feature a number of Mopar elements shown on the SEMA concept, with select items to be available as aftermarket parts.

Interestingly, the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Concept also pays homage to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers off-road club that hosts the annual Easter Jeep Safari, which celebrates its 50th year in existence in 2016.

Read the entire article Jeep to build 50 Wrangler Red Rock special editions based on SEMA concept

Jeep and Mopar have collaborated to create the concept vehicle that is on display at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

That creation – called the Wrangler Red Rock Concept vehicle – pays homage to the Red Rock 4-Wheelers off-road club that hosts the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The club will celebrate their 50th annual Easter Jeep Safari in 2016.

The yearly event began in 1967 with an off-road drive along the “Behind the Rocks Trail.” In consonance with the event, the Jeep brand will build 50 serialized Jeep Wrangler Red Rock special-edition models in 2016.

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Mopar has unveiled three modified Jeep vehicles at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The trio -- Jeep Cherokee KrawLer, Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Sunriser– were all modified with selected parts and accessories aimed at showing customers how the brand can help personalize their trips.

First off, Mopar picked and modified the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk to become the Jeep Cherokee KrawLer, empowered to confront even the toughest driving conditions.

The KrawLer has rock crawling capabilities to tackle harsh off-road challenges. Its name features the capital “K” and “L,” referring to the KL code used to indicate the Cherokee nameplate. Mopar further raised the ride of the KrawLer to suit it for extreme off-road driving.

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Instead of an aluminum body, the next-generation off-roader Jeep Wrangler will keep its steel body structure but will feature aluminum components like doors and fenders. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the upcoming Jeep Wrangler will not be following the lead of the 2015 Ford F-150.

Last week, Marchionne said that the benefits are outweighed by the costs of making the switch. He explained that after simulating the mileage and the impact, they’ve computed the numbers and concluded that they can do as well even with only some parts of it made of aluminum.

The factors considered were the disparity in the cost and the assembly process. His statements are quite a contrast to what he said a year ago that the Wrangler is the best vehicle in Fiat Chrysler’s range to be made from aluminum. In an interview by Automotive News, sources said that the next-generation Wrangler will feature an aluminum body.

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