New 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Set to Debut in November
The next-generation 2018 Jeep® Wrangler JL is finally going make its debut and it will do so at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, scheduled for Dec. 1-10. The new design isn’t the only change coming with the Wrangler. To further global reach, Jeep is going to increase Wrangler production by 30 percent. So far this is everything we know about the new Wrangler JL until we see it at the LA Auto Show.
The biggest talk about the new Wrangler JL involves the roof options. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will be available with a power sliding hard top, a removable hardtop, and the traditional soft top. Like a convertible, it’s not a good idea to change the position of the roof at high speeds, and thus the power top isn’t adjustable at speeds faster than 60 mph. Users will also be able to remove and store the vehicle’s rear quarter windows and store them inside the vehicle with included storage bags, the windshield can be folded down, and users have the option to remove the front and rear doors.
We were curious about the engine options and new technology on the next gen Wrangler, and we now know that a turbocharged 2.0-liter and 3.6-liter Pentastar engines have been confirmed. To beef up the features inside the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, other options will include ventilated seats, upgraded Uconnect infotainment systems, numerous Mopar accessories, and more. With all this good stuff coming, does Jeep really need to keep building the current Wrangler model?
According to Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA – No. During the transition between the two models, production on the current Wrangler model will come to an end. Mainly because it doesn’t make sense to produce both simultaneously, but also because of all the changes going on in the production facilities. To-date, the FCA has spent $700 million reconfiguring factories and assembly lines to get ready for the new model and to produce the long-anticipated Wrangler pickup. An investment this huge will also bring in some large numbers.
By the end of 2018, Marchionne claims that the company will be able to produce between 300,000 – 400,000 Jeep Wranglers a year.
“We’re going to be hitting well over 300,000 annual production of the new Wrangler for global distribution … That is something that we have had to neglect because of scarcity of product and we are now positioned to try and take it internationally in a more significant fashion.” – Marchionne.
That’s all the news we have for now, but October is coming to an end this week. That means it’s only a short time until we see all there is for the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Share the excitement with us on the Aventura Facebook page. If change scares you, you can still get the current Jeep Wrangler model from us before they disappear.