Updates on 2017, 2018 + 2019 Jeep Models
Jeep has definitely been around the bend once or twice in their time. Over seven decades of development and design will do that, and usually for the better. Jeep has had some nice vehicles in their lineup and are they are reintroducing some models in the near future. The real exciting news, however, are the new models Jeep is set to introduce, like the first-ever Wrangler Hybrid, amongst other models coming up.
2017 Jeep Compass
We got a look at the all new 2017 Jeep Compass not too long ago, but after its grand debut last month, it’s worth a quick refresher. We can’t be sure of all the trim levels that will come to the U.S., but in Brazil, there was a total of five – three 2WD, including the Sport, and two 4×4, including a Trailhawk variant. Only two engines were shown off at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, but a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with ESS will be available in North American models. World-wide, there was talk of over 17 different fuel-efficient engine and three transmission options.
The 2017 Jeep Compass still looks like a sibling of the Grand Cherokee, but it’s not a bad thing. It has some style, such as high-end looking LED daytime running lights, a small rear window, and a seven segment slotted grille. There’s also an optional black roof that was seen at the show for Brazil and may carryover to the U.S. market and an open-air dual-pane sunroof. It will have two well-known 4×4 systems, Jeep Active Drive and Jeep Active Drive Low. For entertainment, 4th-generation Uconnect systems will be available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2019 Jeep Wagoneer
This was originally going to come out in late 2018, but its production may have been pushed back. The Jeep Wagoneer, also known as a “Woody”, is supposed to come out in two different styles, a Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
From what we know, the 2016 Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be based on the same next-generation platform being introduced for the Grand Cherokee, so the possibility of three rows is pretty high. Both new models are expected to be top-of-the-line SUV models, but other than that, we don’t know too many details. Of course, it wouldn’t be a woody without wooden side panels.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat
Now this is a surprise, but so so welcome. A Jeep Grand Cherokee with the infamous SRT Hellcat engine? Oh, calm thy beating heart. It won’t be called a “Hellcat” because that name and “SRT” are reserved for Dodge indefinitely, but the Jeep Trackhawk sounds pretty cool, too. The powertrain is none other than the 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8, and this Grand Cherokee will be lighter and faster than other Grand Cherokee models – nice!
There will be a number of styling cues to set it apart, along with a smaller front grille with three new openings, a larger main air intake under the front bumper, fog lights fitted at either side of the bumper, the SRT-style hood bulge, bright red Brembo brake calipers, and the recognizable dual exhaust system – all speculation.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Hybrid
We actually thought this wasn’t set to release until later, but the change is well welcomed. The Jeep Wrangler Hybrid is in development and might be making a public appearance by 2018, made with lightweight materials such as aluminum, something Jeep has been aiming to do with many of its vehicles. Some plastic and other lightweight materials will be used in construction as well, but don’t worry – high-strength steel takes up the majority, and aluminum has been shown to be stronger than that when utilized correctly.
So what’s going on under the hood of a Wrangler Hybrid? No specs on it yet, but the talk is a four-cylinder gasoline engine matched with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. One thing to note though – just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean it’s not a Wrangler. Jeep has every notion to keep the Wrangler looking like it does now, but with more aerodynamic lines and a toned down boxy appearance. Can’t have a nice hybrid without aerodynamics.
2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup
Oh, baby how long have truck and Jeep enthusiasts been waiting for this? They’ve teased and tortured us with the concept, pictures even, it’s cruel, it’s inhumane! Okay, not that last part, but the new generation of Jeeps will finally be introducing a Wrangler with a truck bed! GASP.
So far, the engine specs include a V6 gas engine and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo gas engine, as well as an EcoDiesel unit. The vehicle will weigh less and have some aerodynamic appeal, which is a large bonus for truck drivers. This will also still keep the all-Wrangler look, aside from the truck bed of course.
Which of these are you looking forward to the most? Tell us on Facebook and break out the champagne, it’s time to celebrate a whole new line of Jeeps.