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Jeep Wrangler is the 2019 MotorTrend SUV of the Year

Look past the iconic grille, and you’ll see it. Behold the latest evolution of a seven-decades-old design, a soul-stirring affirmation of freedom, a surprisingly groundbreaking vehicle that shouldn’t work in the 21st century as well as it does. The new Jeep Wrangler is what crossovers want to be when they grow up, and it’s the 2019 MotorTrend SUV of the Year.

Rarely do past and future coexist so beautifully. The thoroughly redesigned and re-engineered Wrangler finds its own path to modernization, resisting the temptation to dilute its climb-that-mountain capabilities for crossover softness. Even so, beach-bound cruisers and daily commuters will appreciate the upgraded pavement game, and off-roaders will admire how much more confidently they can traverse their favorite trails. This Jeep delivers, no matter what.

The Wrangler’s diverse range furnishes a model for every need. For the Jeep lover reminiscing about the Wrangler’s past, the capable two-door model with a V-6 and manual transmission costs about $30,000—before hitting the aftermarket for customization. The four-door Unlimited model makes it easier to bring friends along for the journey. Perhaps the best part is the available mild-hybrid turbo-four, which improves EPA-rated city fuel economy by an astounding 38 percent compared to the outgoing model.

“The Wrangler is a thoughtful, thorough rework of an American original,” international bureau chief Angus MacKenzie said. “It’s laser-focused on improving the performance of its intended function, right down to the last nut and bolt.”

Advancement in Design

It’s no easy task to update the look of an icon. It’s a no-win proposition. Do too much (or too little), and the critics will howl. But Jeep nailed it.

 Jeep approached the Wrangler’s styling with a light but deliberate touch. Relocating the Jeep badge from the Wrangler’s face to the front fenders facilitates a less cluttered look, with round headlights touching the edge of the seven-bar grille. Other than LED turn signals mounted on the ends of the wheel flares and updated square taillights, not much else gives away the Wrangler as the new JL model. And that’s exactly how it should be. The Wrangler isn’t a crossover requiring twice-a-decade face-lifts to retain buyers’ interest. It embraces a classic style that continues to attract dreamers who want to remember what SUVs used to be.

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 The standard canvas top and plastic side windows remain available, and like the fold-down front windshield, they’re easier and quicker to disassemble and reinstall than before, using simple tools. For further customization, black or body-colored hard tops are available, and the soft top comes in black or tan. A vibrant color palette, seven wheel styles, and a regular series of special editions present every opportunity to make a Wrangler reflect your tastes—and that’s before you venture to Mopar for accessories and upgrades.

In so many ways, the Wrangler advances design to make Jeeping more rewarding—whatever that means to you. Open the power-retractable Sky One-Touch soft top, and a starry night will provide all the mood lighting front and rear passengers desire. The new option isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the money. Features editor Christian Seabaugh noted it “combines the safety of the hard top with the ease and open-air experience of the soft top” and called it a revolution for the brand.

Despite its unapologetically industrial interior, the Wrangler masters some details better than many sensible crossovers. Soft-touch and high-quality materials equal those of luxury competitors. As with many Fiat Chrysler Automobiles products, audio volume and channel-change controls are located conveniently on the back side of the steering wheel. Once you drive a car with this intuitive setup, you’ll wonder why more automakers don’t adopt it. The same is true of the rear-seat headrests, which conveniently fold down when not in use for better rearward visibility.

The Uconnect infotainment system, which can be optioned with a 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, is intuitive to use. “Its controls can be learned in seconds, and it responds quickly to your inputs,” associate online editor and resident tech nerd Stefan Ogbac said.

Delightful design Easter eggs, such as the on-screen air recirculation control that looks like a Jeep in silhouette, add character. Remove the doors, and the exposed hinges will remind you how much more special your Jeep is than your neighbor’s anonymous lozenge every time you climb inside. And once you’re there, the high seating position offers great visibility that’s perfect for seeing obstacles ahead on a trail or peering over the roofs of idling cars on a traffic-choked freeway.

Another win for Wrangler fans and first-timers alike: how well the interior is screwed together. “Build quality seems so much better than before,” executive editor Mark Rechtin said.

Engineering Excellence

The Jeep grille is iconic, but like the New York Yankees and their pinstripes, it can also be a distraction from the substance underneath. The Bronx Bombers also had Mickey Mantle, and likewise, this Wrangler is so much more than those seven vertical air intakes. The “sport” in “sport utility vehicle” doesn’t mean tearing up a racetrack or winding road. In the body-on-frame Wrangler’s case, “sport” means heading beyond the paved road’s end. Off-roading capability is its core DNA, bred for military use from the Ardennes to An Loc. And the 2019 edition got all the good genes.

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Jeep added to the Wrangler’s already impressive go-anywhere abilities, improving articulation and total suspension travel on the Rubicon trim. The boulevard-ready Sahara trim nonetheless offers full-time four-wheel drive that’s sufficient for most trails, especially when it would be overkill to enlist the Rubicon’s Dana 44 front and rear axles with electronically locking differentials and disconnecting anti-roll bars.

As for the impressive Rubicon, technical director Frank Markus aptly described the off-road-focused trim as “designed and engineered to retain the faithful.”

“The Unlimited Rubicon naturally behaved like the mother of all Jeeps,” Markus said after taking the SUV off-road. “In four-low with front and rear differentials locked, there’s no stopping it in the sand.”

That confidence-instilling performance is standard on every Wrangler. Only one oddity: Hill-descent control can only be activated in four-low.

“The genius of this Jeep is that it can be configured to suit the ambitions of the off-roading neophyte and expert alike and deliver an experience that will reward them both,” MacKenzie said.

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That’s also true with the new 2.0-liter eTorque turbo-four mild-hybrid powertrain, which is worth consideration regardless of how you enjoy your Jeep. The 2.0-liter powerplant provides 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, making it an intriguing option. More responsive than you’d expect, the engine is mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic and employs a system that facilitates engine stop/start and regenerative braking. The new engine isn’t impressive for a Wrangler—it’s just plain impressive. Markus called the Wrangler 2.0’s engine stop/start system “amazingly quick” to restart, lauding it as “one of the best.”

Those who are nonetheless wary of a four-cylinder Wrangler can stick with the 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6 (which develops 35 lb-ft of torque less than the turbo-four). However, we’d recommend upgrading the V-6 to the eight-speed automatic. The standard six-speed manual may be new, but multiple judges found the engine’s torque delivery poorly matched with this transmission.

Performance of Intended Function

Just as no one expects last year’s SUVOTY, the Honda CR-V, to traverse Hell’s Revenge, the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t ride as smoothly, handle as crisply, or travel in such isolated splendor as a car-based crossover. (Such is the philosophical predicament in defining this category in today’s market.) Yet for a vehicle more capable off-road than any other new SUV offered today, the Wrangler’s everyday trade-offs aren’t as severe as you’d think.

Revised suspension tuning makes both the Sahara and Rubicon trim levels more comfortable than their predecessors. New electrohydraulic steering brings more precision, but the Wrangler never pretends to be a sports car. Instead, the Jeep provides a deliberate pace, encouraging you to appreciate your surroundings.

“The Wrangler doesn’t wallow or flop around,” features editor Scott Evans said. “It moves with a purpose. The ride quality is so, so much better than it was before.”

Stronger performance off-road is part of the package, and a stretched wheelbase provides more room in the rear seats. For those more interested in image-building than trail-running, Jeep offers nearly endless customization possibilities and ways to enjoy the sunshine.

Efficiency

The 2.0-liter eTorque engine is a huge upgrade, but even the 3.6-liter V-6 sees fuel economy improvements, and both engines feature stop/start tech. No matter the powertrain, Wranglers benefit from lighter aluminum used for the doors, hood, and windshield frame. With the V-6, fuel economy improves by 1-2 mpg in the city and 2-3 mpg on the highway.

Go for the eTorque engine, and mileage jumps to 22-23/24-25 mpg. Put another way, the Wrangler’s 2.0-liter engine’s efficiency means more miles of Jeeping before you have to stop to refuel. Jeep is also planning a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6, and about the time a Wrangler-based pickup truck arrives, a plug-in hybrid should, too.

Safety

The best way to stay safe is to avoid accidents altogether, and the Wrangler’s superior maneuverability compared to its predecessors provides a good foundation. The Jeep’s frame is strengthened with high-strength steel, and every new Wrangler comes with seat-mounted front side airbags. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and LED headlights are available, and the Wrangler can apply maximum braking force in a panic-braking situation even if the driver hasn’t pushed the pedal all the way down.

For optimal on-road safety, the 2019 model offers forward collision warning—it’s a feature you’ll value once it saves you from damaging the Jeep’s iconic face. The Jeep’s active safety also impresses off-road; its ABS system has a rough-road detection feature, which adapts its settings to improve performance over off-pavement surfaces.

The body-on-frame Wrangler, which hasn’t yet been crash-tested, won’t handle a panic maneuver as well as a unibody crossover, obviously. Even so, the Jeep’s all-around visibility rises above that of most new CUVs, and the Wrangler is a sure bet if you’re seeking a vehicle that will feel secure off-road.

Value

Not everyone will fully appreciate the Jeep’s appeal. But what price do you place on the smile a car puts on your face? The Wrangler is as far from a four-wheeled appliance as you can get. And when the going gets rocky, sandy, or snowy, the Wrangler outperforms vehicles costing more than twice as much.

A two-door canvas-soft-topped Wrangler with 285 hp and four-wheel drive starts around $30,000, though a well-equipped four-door Unlimited with the excellent 2.0-liter engine and an automatic transmission can clear $50,000. That’s a ton of cash, but some buyers feel Jeep’s seven-bar grille carries just as much cachet as certain luxury automaker logos. Compared to the Wrangler, no Fordyce Creek forder combines such capability, efficiency, infotainment tech, and overall appeal in quite the same way.

For the Gold

The Wrangler isn’t for everyone. Guest judge, veteran automotive R&D executive, and 2013 Wrangler owner Gordon Dickie noted that second-row ingress and egress remains cramped, tire and wind noise is quieter but still intrusive, the manual transmission’s clutch will ruin your Achilles tendon in rush-hour traffic, and the Rubicon’s around-town ride—though improved—is still flinty compared to car-based crossovers. Such are the trade-offs Jeep lovers willingly endure.

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But when you’ve gotta have an off-roader—or want to look like you spend weekends stomping terra firma—the Jeep is impossible to beat. Tracing its lineage to the original Willys MB, the Wrangler navigates nostalgia without getting stuck in it. The Jeep Wrangler is remarkably well-rounded for its core purpose, and it’s a most deserving SUV of the Year.

Read more at: https://www.motortrend.com/news/jeep-wrangler-2019-suv-of-the-year/

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JK vs JL Wrangler

After years of patiently waiting, the Jeep community can finally celebrate the release of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler! With so much anticipation surrounding its arrival, the fourth-generation JL Wrangler has not disappointed Jeep fans yet. In fact, it’s done the complete opposite. Many Jeep enthusiasts were worried that Jeep would cut corners or stray away from the typical Wrangler aesthetic that so many have come to know and love. Instead, Jeep released a new and improved Wrangler that still maintains that classic Jeep vibe. When comparing the JK vs JL Wrangler, it’s clear to see that Jeep has been working very hard to make the Wrangler better than ever while staying true to its roots. With over 75 years of history, Jeep has established itself as the leading producer of off-road vehicles. With the new JL Wrangler dubbed “the most-capable SUV currently on the market” by Jeep CEO Mike Manley, the claim is certainly validated when take a closer look at the JK vs JL Wrangler. Other than the visual updates to the new Wrangler, there are several performance-related updates to account for as well. With better off-roading performance than ever before, Jeep has really stepped up its game with the JL Wrangler.

2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Review: Is It Better Than The JK?

Check out our new 2018 JL Wrangler on the CJ Off-Road YouTube channel! We opted for the JL Wrangler Sport Unlimited edition in Granite Crystal, which is the four-door base model, with an automatic transmission. At CJ Off-Road, we like to modify our vehicles, so you can bet that we will be adding our own special touches! Learn all about the new features of the JL Wrangler and how it compares to the previous JK generation in this informative video.

JK vs JL Wrangler: Exterior

When looking at the 2018 JL Wrangler, the first thing you notice is the exterior of the vehicle. While it may look similar to the JK Wrangler at first glance, there are several unique characteristics that help distinguish the JL from the JK. If you’re a Jeep lover, then you probably already know that Jeep Wranglers can usually be identified by their grille designs. Just like the previous generations, the new JL Wrangler has received an updated grille that makes it easy to differentiate it from the JK. When comparing the grille for the JK vs JL Wrangler, the fourth-generation Wrangler has a slightly kinked grille with headlights that cut into the signature seven slots. The JL Wrangler grille resembles the first civilian Jeep that was released to the public, the 1941 Willys Jeep. Originally featuring nine slots in the grille, the Willys Jeep was forced to increase the headlight size due to regulations, which meant they had to remove a slot from each side but the headlights still cut into the grille in order to fit. Thus, the signature seven-slot grille was born.

 

Another new design for the front end includes LED daytime running lights and turn signals embedded into the front fenders. Vents located behind each front fender allow for more air circulation and reduce wind noise. The JL Wrangler features a raked windshield that is both easier to fold down and safer. The hood is also reminiscent of the TJ Wrangler generation, which featured a power bulge hood. The cowl panel was also redesigned to feature a black plastic piece and easier windshield wiper removal. Another prominent feature of the JL Wrangler is the body line that runs down the side of the Jeep, giving it a bit more structure. Along with those updates, the door handles, mirrors, and door hinges, have been redesigned as well. Jeep was able to refresh the front end of the Wrangler while keeping the relatively same structure of the past generations.

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Regarding the rear of the JL Wrangler, there is a new reverse camera located on the spare tire mount. Besides the new location of the license plate and the adjustable third brake light, the taillights have been updated and include a blind spot monitoring system. The swing gate is now made of lightweight magnesium, which makes things easier when loading and unloading cargo. With a stronger steel frame and aluminum body panels, the JL Wrangler is more lightweight but just as heavy duty. For the 2018 JL Wrangler colors, there are a few classic favorites available such as Firecracker Red, Billet Silver Metallic, Granite Crystal Metallic, Bright White, and Black. However, several new additions have been added to the list: Nacho, Mojito!, Punk’n Metallic, Ocean Blue Metallic, and Sting-Gray.

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Also new for the fourth-generation 2018 JL Wrangler is three additional top options that are both easier to use and offer more flexibility. The first option is a hardtop, which can come in either the body color or black, and has panels that can be removed individually, letting air flow freely through the Jeep while still maintaining a bit of protection. So not only is the hardtop improved, but Jeep has two more exciting top options including a convertible soft top and powertop. With the soft top convertible, you just flip up the bottom part, peel off the sides, and slide the back window out — no need to worry about zippers as there are none! You can remove the side windows in the same fashion, then you can either keep the top part on or simply unlatch it and lift it up to allow more air in. Now while the soft convertible top is pretty sweet, nothing can top the new sky powertop. While this does cost extra, the expense is well worth it if you want a completely hassle-free top. With the powertop, there are additional painted rails on top of the Wrangler that the top slides into in order to retract. So this top isn’t completely removable, but it will allow you to get more air flow at the push of a button, even at speeds up to 60 mph! You can also remove the back windows, which basically gives you the same feel as having no top on. The doors on the JL Wrangler are also made out of aluminum, which makes them more lightweight for easy removal. The half doors have a porthole, which allows you to have better visibility while off-roading.

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JK vs JL Wrangler: Interior

Along with the exterior changes for the JL Wrangler, several changes have been made to the interior. A label located on the tailgate contains detailed information regarding water fording depth limits, approach and departure angles, and specifications regarding the wheelbase. An updated instrument panel and infotainment center with fourth-generation UConnect technology, as well as an optional nine speaker stereo system with a waterproof subwoofer are just some of the extra technology features for the JL Wrangler. The steering wheel is completely updated in comparison to the JK as well, but has the same overall feel and controls. For the JL Rubicon, built-in auxiliary switches make it easy to connect aftermarket lighting solutions, air compressors, or other gadgets you might need while off-roading. For the JK Wrangler, you would have to install switches separately, which usually required drilling in order to mount them.

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Rubberized storage cubbies, rubber around the infotainment screen, and rubberized cup holders make it safe and easy to spray down the JL Wrangler when, not if, it gets dirty. In the back of the JL Wrangler, there are rear air vents for dual climate control with a foldable middle seat that contains cupholders. As a special touch for the JL Wrangler, you will find little emblems of classic Jeep models scattered about that pay homage to the history of the brand. Jeep really was able to update the interior of the JL Wrangler to add a more luxurious feel without sacrificing the heavy-duty qualities that make it a great off-roading vehicle.

JK vs JL Wrangler: Performance

While it’s clear to see the JL Wrangler is a good-looking rig, what’s going on under the hood? Don’t be fooled by the new Wrangler’s more luxurious interior and redesigned exterior — the JL performs just as well as it looks. Not only does the fourth-generation Wrangler look more aggressive, it performs even better both on and off the road. From the new engine options to the updated transmissions, the JL Wrangler will not disappoint when it comes to mechanics. For the JK Wrangler, there’s only one engine to choose from: the Pentastar V6. Now, in addition to the Pentastar, there will be three new engine options available for the JL Wrangler.

JL Wrangler Engines

Along with an updated version of the classic Pentastar V6 that has been a mainstay for the JK Wrangler since its introduction in 2012, the Wrangler JL will have three additional engine options. A 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine dubbed the “Hurricane” will be added to the lineup for the all-new Jeep Wrangler. The 2.0L turbocharged engine will be equipped with “eTorque”, which basically means that it is a mild hybrid system. If that’s not exciting enough, a 3.0L EcoDiesel six-cylinder engine is also expected to be available in 2019. But that’s not all! Jeep revealed that they are coming out with a full plug-in electric Wrangler JL. Expected in 2020, the new electric engine is definitely a first for the Wrangler, typically known as a gas guzzler.

Even though the Pentastar is competing with all the new engines available, there have been improvements made that make the 3.6L engine even better. Featuring Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology, the Pentastar V6 is more efficient than ever before. The 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine has auto stop/start technology, electric power assist, intelligent battery charging, regenerative braking, and transmission shift management. With a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger, the 2.0L engine offers both efficiency and performance. Expected in 2019, the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine will offer massive amounts of torque and great fuel economy. The EcoDiesel, like the Pentastar and turbodiesel, comes standard with Engine Stop-Start capabilities and an eight-speed automatic transmission to keep up with the high torque output. Not much information has been released about the full plug-in electric Wrangler, except that it is expected to debut in 2020.

JL Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon Door Panel

An upgraded six-speed manual transmission will only be available for the Pentastar engine, along with an optional brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission. If you want a manual transmission, the only option is the Pentastar V6. All the other engines are equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission. The class-exclusive automatic transmission is designed to improve highway fuel economy, optimize engine output, as well as reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. With an improved crawl ratio of 77.2:1, a 4.7:1 first gear ratio, and a 4.1:1 final drive ratio for the automatic JL Wrangler Rubicon, rock crawling and off-roading is a breeze. However, the new six-speed manual transmission is just as capable for traversing rocky patches and bumpy trails. Equipped with a new gear pattern, 50% shorter shifter, and a revised shift pattern, shifting is both more accurate and more comfortable. Reduced shifter vibration and enhanced sound isolation are due to the manual transmission’s cable-operated design. A manual transmission JL Wrangler Rubicon boasts a 5.13:1 first gear ratio, 4:1 low-range gear ratio, 4.10:1 axle ratio, and a crawl ratio of over 84. Boasting smooth and precise shift quality, an improved crawl ratio, and quick acceleration, the upgraded six-speed manual transmission is a welcome improvement to Jeep enthusiasts and purists.

How Does the JL Wrangler Drive?

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So now that we know what’s going on under the hood, there’s one essential question left to be answered — how does it drive? Well, Jeep flew several experts out to Arizona to test the new JL Wrangler’s performance both on and off the road. Not surprisingly, the JL Wrangler received raving reviews by Jeep enthusiasts and industry experts alike. If you’re planning on getting a JL Wrangler as your daily driver, then have no fear. The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL may be trail rated, but it also provides a pretty comfortable ride on the main road, something the JK Wrangler didn’t exactly excel at. While the JK Wrangler is great for off-roading, the JL Wrangler has even better off-road capability than its predecessor. Of course, the Rubicon will be the most capable model for off-roading, with a best-in-class approach angle of 44 degrees, a departure angle of 37 degrees, and a breakover angle of either 22.6 degrees or 27.8 degrees, depending on if you’re driving a Wrangler vs Wrangler Unlimited. Also equipped with an electronic front sway-bar disconnect, the Rubicon has 10.9 inches of ground clearance and 30 inches of water fording capability. With 33-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, the Rubicon is ready for the great outdoors straight from the factory.

When driving on the main roads, the JL Wrangler is smoother and quieter than the outgoing JK. Of course, there is still some wind noise because after all, it’s a Wrangler. The upgraded interior offers a more comfortable ride, but is still not going to be the most luxurious of SUVs since the Wrangler is built to withstand rugged terrain. Increased visibility and safety features make driving the new JL Wrangler on the highway easier than before. Another improvement for the JL Wrangler is the three new tops, which make driving on the road better than ever with reduced wind noise and simpler removal. No matter which top you choose, cruising down the highway in a Wrangler has never been so good. The main consensus seems to be that the JL is a new and improved Wrangler, which is exactly what a new generation model should be. With a smoother and quieter drive on the main roads and enhanced off-roading performance on the trails, the JL Wrangler can do just about anything.

2018 Wrangler JL Rubicon Crossing Water

JK vs JL Wrangler: Price

As with most new releases, the JL Wrangler will be more expensive than the previous generation JK Wrangler. Ranging from an additional $2,600 to as much as $3,350 in relation to the JK Wrangler, the increase in price for the JL Wrangler is well worth it. With all the additional features, better driving performance, and enhanced visual appearance, you can’t go wrong with the fourth-generation Wrangler. These are the prices that Jeep has announced, not including a $1,195 destination charge.

2018 Wrangler JL Prices (2-door)

  • Sport: $26,995
  • Sport S: $30,195
  • Sahara: Not available
  • Rubicon: $36,995

2018 Wrangler JL Unlimited Prices (4-door)

  • Sport: $30,495
  • Sport S: $33,695
  • Sahara: $37,345
  • Rubicon: $40,495

2018 JL Wrangler Parts

If you’re not totally head over heels for the JL Wrangler, the great thing about Jeeps is that they are easy to customize to your liking! Perhaps you are already in love with your JL Wrangler but want to make it even more aggressive than it already is coming straight from the factory. Whether you want to increase your ride height, install aftermarket bumpers or fender flares, add some lighting fixtures, or get a fresh set of new wheels, CJ Pony Parts has all the aftermarket JL Wrangler parts you need to make your JL Wrangler even better!

Read more at: https://www.cjponyparts.com/resources/jk-vs-jl-wrangler

THE NEW 2017 JEEP® WRANGLER WINTER EDITION LIGHTS THE NEW YEAR

The new 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Winter Edition has arrived at the perfect time. With snow covering the trails and the city streets, and cold-weather adventure waiting, the Winter Edition of the award-winning Jeep Wrangler is ready to off-road into the holidays and beyond. And the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Winter Edition is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the Jeep Wrangler has in store for the New Year.

In addition to the special-edition Willys Wheeler, 75th Anniversary, Rubicon Hard Rock and new Winter Edition models, the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited roll out features and updates for the 2017 model year like new exterior colors and new available LED headlamps and fog lamps. If you love open-air freedom — even in the frigid air — here’s a bit of what you can expect from the Trail Rated® icon.

New Exterior Colors for 2017

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler two-door and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited four-door will be available in a variety of new paint colors. New color options for 2017 will include Chief (shown above), Gobi, Xtreme Purple and Acid Yellow. Now you’ll have four more paint colors to completely cover in slush and mud in the coming year.

New Available LED Headlamps and Fog Lamps for 2017

New available LED headlamps and fog lamps on the 2017 Jeep Wrangler are designed to help enhance nighttime visibility and light the way on the trail for your next excursion. When it comes to performance, the new LED lights provide greater high-beam output and low-beam output. The LED headlamps and fog lamps come standard on the Sahara and Rubicon, and are optional on the Sport and Sport S.

New 2017 Jeep Wrangler Winter Edition

The New 2017 Jeep Wrangler Winter Edition is engineered to conquer the snow and designed to look good doing it. Performance features on this special-edition Wrangler include 17-inch Mid-Gloss Black slotted aluminum wheels; BF Goodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires; Dana 30 front axle and heavy-duty Dana 44 rear axle; Trac-Lok® limited-slip rear differential standard, Tru-Lok® mechanical rear locker optional; 3.21 axle ratio standard, 3.73 axle ratio optional; Command-Trac® 4×4 transfer case with 2.72:1 ratio; front and rear steel off-road bumpers and premium off-road rock rails.

Exterior Winter Edition features include the new LED headlamps and fog lamps; hood, driver side fender, and rear fender decals; body-color grille with Mid-Gloss Black accents; Mid-Gloss Black Jeep badge; black Freedom Top® hardtop standard, body-color optional; and black fuel filler door, taillamp guards, and deep tint windows. In addition, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Winter Edition is available in a variety of exterior colors, including Firecracker Red, Chief, Rhino, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Black, Bright White and Xtreme Purple.

The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Winter Edition takes no shortcuts on performance and exterior features, and the same can be said for the interior — this Jeep vehicle is built with winter driving in mind. Interior features include heated, leather-trimmed front seats with Sport Mesh inserts and Diesel Gray accent stitching; leather-wrapped steering wheel with Piano Black accents and Diesel Gray accent stitching; Piano Black interior accents; exclusive instrument cluster graphics; remote start* standard (with automatic transmission); the Power Convenience and Connectivity Groups; and all-weather floor mats.

Stay tuned for coming announcements, and learn more about the 2017 Jeep Wrangler at jeep.com.

Read more at: https://blog.jeep.com/news/new-2017-jeep-wrangler-winter-edition-lights-new-year/

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will look a lot like the 2017 Jeep Wrangler

 

JL Wrangler Forums suggests the next-generation Wrangler will be restyled in an evolutionary way that maintains the off-roader’s classic looks yet adds new features. The forum used intelligence from spy photos and leaked images to assemble renderings of the new Wrangler.

They show that the front end is still classically Jeep, but with modern updates. The LED headlights and turn signals revealed in FCA drawings are noticeable changes. An interesting touch is just behind the rear bumper, where there appears to be an air dam for aerodynamics. There’s still a gap between it and the front fenders to keep the old-school look intact. The grille, windshield, and hood are also more raked for the sake of aerodynamics.

At the back, the lights follow the FCA drawings as well, though the reverse lights from those illustrations appear to be absent. The square taillights are also shown on the truck variant, along with the plastic fender flares of the SUV version. Spy photos of the Wrangler pickup have shown a streamlined box with integrated taillights akin to the Ram, but it’s likely to be a placeholder until the final design is selected. The sides of both models also feature more squared-off details in the top and door handles, generally with beveled corners for a more modern look.

The top is where things get fuzzy. The new model might lose its removable top altogether, in favor of removable panels similar to the Jeep Renegade. JL Wrangler Forums illustrated how this could work in the above image. The roof can be removed in sections, and the rear-most windows can also be taken out. The overall effect is similar to that of a current Wrangler Unlimited. There is a potential drawback to this system, though. All of these hard panels will have to be left somewhere. And unlike the current model, this one wouldn’t have a soft-top back-up when the weather turns. It’s hard to say for sure if this design will make it to production. FCA has consistently and effectively hidden this part of its Wrangler prototypes since they were first spotted. At this point, we can only speculate on how the top will function.

Otherwise, these renderings seem plausible, and we should know how accurate they are when the Wrangler makes its expected debut next year. The new Wrangler will likely have some aluminum body panels, an 8-speed automatic and an available diesel powertrain. For more details and spy photos, check out our post that has assembled everything we know so far about the 2018 Wrangler.

Read more at: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/11/07/2018-jeep-wrangler-design-renderings/

Off-Road Guide

With a few guidelines and some good old-fashioned common sense, almost anyone can drive off-road in a Jeep 4×4 vehicle. Jeep 4×4 vehicles are Trail Rated, which means they can handle most obstacles you encounter.

BE PREPARED:
Always check your vehicle before going off-road. Make sure your battery is fastened, all hoses are in good condition and oil and fluids are topped off, including fuel. Also be sure that all four tires are in good condition and have the proper tire pressure. Avoid travelling alone, especially into unfamiliar territory.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT:
Once off-road, put your vehicle in 4WD whenever you anticipate a situation that will demand the additional traction. It’s difficult to engage 4WD after you get stuck. You’ll also want to get into the habit of looking over your hood, scanning left to right so you can clearly see what you’re approaching on the trail. If you’re just watching the left tire, there’s a good chance you’ll get the right tire in trouble. Avoid putting your head outside the vehicle to see what’s coming (that’s what Wrangler’s folding windshield is for). Also, many trail masters recommend keeping your thumbs up and out of the way of the steering wheel spokes in rough terrain. For example, if your tire suddenly falls off a rock, your steering wheel could quickly rotate and catch your thumb with a spoke — ouch! Generally, vehicles with power steering, like all Jeep vehicles, lessen the chance of sudden steering wheel rotation.

TAKE IT EASY:
Speed and power are not required in rough off-road driving. In low-range 4WD, the low gearing and low speed of Jeep 4×4 vehicles at idle will generally pull you over obstacles. In many cases, with manual transmissions, letting the clutch out slowly and allowing the vehicle to crawl over obstacles in the lowest gear is the best scenario. As a matter of fact, on the Rubicon Trail, the average speed is a mere 1-5 miles per hour.

SNOW AND MUD:
Generally, when snow or mud is present on the driving surface, it is the right time to engage your on-demand or part-time 4WD system. If you have an all-time system like Quadra-Trac I, there is no input required from you. In heavy snow, when pulling a load, or for additional control at slower speeds, shift the transmission to a low gear and shift the transfer case to 4WD-LOW if necessary (Quadra-Trac I and Quadra-Trac SRT do not offer a low range). Don’t shift to a lower gear than necessary to maintain momentum. Over-revving the engine can spin the wheels and traction will be lost. If you begin to lose traction in snow or mud, turn your steering wheel back and forth rapidly. This will generally help the wheels bite into fresh terrain and pull you through. If traction is lost, STOP. Wheel spinning will just dig you in deeper. The key is to maintain forward momentum.

SAND:
For better traction in sand, drop air pressure 10-12 pounds below normal pressure on conventional tires. (Return to normal pressure after use in these conditions.) Try high-range 4WD to maintain forward momentum. Depending on the condition of the sand, low-range 4WD and alternative gear selections may be necessary. Also try to make wider turns if at all possible. Tight turning slows the vehicle abruptly and can get you stuck. Again, maintaining forward momentum is key.

HILLS:
When climbing hills ALWAYS go straight up or down. It’s also smart to know what’s on the other side before going up. At the base of the hill you should apply more power. Ease up on the power as you approach the top and before going over the crest. If you stall on the ascent, back straight down the hill in reverse. For downhill travel, always use the lowest gear with a manual transmission. When descending a hill in low-range, do not disengage the clutch and allow the vehicle to coast. Severe damage to your clutch disc may result. Allow the gears and engine compression to slow you down, using the brakes only to fine-tune your speed. If equipped with an automatic transmission, use low-range and the lowest drive setting.
NOTE: NEVER drive up a hill at an angle. If the hill is very steep and you don’t feel confident that you or your vehicle can make it up, don’t attempt it. Never get sideways on a steep slope as this can lead to vehicle instability. Off-roading1 can be very challenging. Remember, go as slow as possible. Use common sense with safety being the foremost concern.

ROCK CRAWLING:
We call it “crawling” for a reason. Use a low gear and low-range 4WD and just let the vehicle crawl and idle (with as little throttle as needed) when going over obstacles like rocks or logs. Never straddle rocks. A vehicle with 10 inches of ground clearance will not go over a 12-inch rock! Maneuver the tire on top of the rocks and crawl over them slowly. If you hear scraping, don’t panic. Your Jeep® 4×4 vehicle’s skid plates and rock rails (this equipment varies depending on what Jeep 4×4 vehicle and packages have been purchased or leased) will take the brunt of the beating. Dropping tire pressure 3-5 pounds improves traction and helps avoid tire punctures. (Return to normal pressure after use in these conditions.) Remember, the ideal speed for rock crawling is 1-3 miles per hour.

TREAD LIGHTLY:
Leave it better than you found it. Observe posted signs and stay on trails and recreation areas approved for off-roading. Use your good judgment in protecting the beauty and solitude of the area. Don’t leave anything behind and, better yet, pick up and remove any trash that others have discarded. And if the terrain looks especially fragile, take an alternate route. For more information on how to Tread Lightly, visit treadlightly.org. Leave it better than you found it.

Read more at: http://www.jeep.com/en/4×4/off-road-guide/#cta-Overview-Copy_1*

Let Us Help You Customize Your Jeep Today!

From new engine add-ons, to off-roading equipment and new wheels, there are so many accessories you are able to include on your Jeep vehicle. Whether you drive a brand-new Jeep or a used one, own the classic Wrangler or drive the sleek Cherokee, you’ll have plenty of options to consider with our offer of Jeep customizations with MOPAR parts. To learn more about these exciting accessories and parts, visit Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or Dick Scott Motor Mall today!

To make sure your Jeep model is running at its peak, you can choose to add a custom performance chassis to it. These parts help increase your Jeep’s fuel economy and overall performance to give you more controlled and precise handling. Options such as a 2-inch 2-Door Lift Kit, a JPP 4-inch Lift Kit, and more are available for you to select from. Depending on which Jeep model you drive, here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Dick Scott Motor Mall, we can help you choose the proper chassis kit that will suit your vehicle best.

If you often take your Jeep off-roading at Lakeshore Park or you just want to add some extra flair to your SUV’s exterior, consider the specialized performance wheels that are a part of the Jeep customizations with MOPAR. These wheels are made for the unpaved trails, so you can rely on them to get you to your destination, wherever that may be, steadily and safely. Plenty of options are there for you to customize your very own Jeep, so you get the exact look and ride you’re going for. Some rim choices include 5-black hole or 5-silver hole wheels, argent 5-spoke wheels, and argent 5-hole wheels. Our Service Department will be able to properly install whatever wheels or parts you choose to add on to your Jeep to make this process hassle-free.

To enhance your Jeep’s ride for it to achieve its optimal capability, there are even more performance components to choose from. Especially made for off-roading, features like the Wrangler Axle Mounting Bracket Kit for the Front and Rear, the Dana 60-Crate Axle Front E-locker with Gearing, and a selection of crate axles assist you while on rocky and uneven paths, and also help you tow large trailers more efficiently. You can also choose to equip your Jeep SUV with a cold air intake for its engine, which allows cooler outside air to seamlessly flow through a directional cone filter. To enhance your Jeep’s horsepower and torque, make sure to add on this innovative feature to its powerhouse.

To learn more about the Jeep customizations with MOPAR parts visit Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or Dick Scott Motor Mall, your local Jeep dealer. Our expert staff is happy to assist you with any questions you have and will make recommendations for you according to what you’re looking for.

THE JEEP® BRAND HAS YOUR SUMMER NECESSITIES COVERED

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If you want to make summer 2016 truly sizzle, hop in the driver’s seat of a Jeep® brand vehicle and take an excursion to the city, go on a backcountry adventure, or set off on a day-trip with the family. To celebrate the season properly you need a vehicle that’s capable enough to reach your destination and stylish enough to leave a lasting impression, from the ballpark to the campground and everywhere in-between. Here’s your checklist for the summer necessities. On your mark, get set…

Day at the Ballpark

Nothing says summer quite like America’s pastime. Start planning your day at the ballpark with the 2016 Jeep Compass High Altitude. The leather-trimmed seats and power sunroof will make getting to the game, well, a day in the park. Once you arrive, the generous cargo space and available flip-down liftgate speakers will make you the all-star of any tailgate. Just make sure you have Take Me Out to the Ballgame on your playlist.

Weekend Camping Trip

At least once every summer you need to get away for peace of mind. Head to the woods and clear your head in the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. The legendary off-road vehicle can tackle any environment, and has the Trail Rated® badge to prove it. On four-wheel-drive models, the standard Quadra-Trac II® 4×4 system features a two-speed transfer case that uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action – sending as much as 100% of available torque to the axle with the most traction so you can plan your camping trip in any location and in nearly any weather conditions.

Essential Summer Road Trip

The summer road trip is a right of passage in America. It’s a way to revive the senses and expand boundaries. For those daring enough to explore new locations, the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary edition will transport you to the far reaches of your city and your country. And since the best part of a road trip is the open-air freedom, the available My Sky® dual-panel roof will let in the sunshine and summer breezes. Just try to make it home before autumn, if you can.

Off-road Adventure

Whether there’s a trail in your hometown or you’re traveling to a Jeep Jamboree USA event, summer is the time to see what your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon — the vehicle Four Wheeler magazine named “4×4 of the Decade” — is really capable of. Every Jeep Wrangler is fortified with underbody skid plates to help protect the fuel tank and transfer case, and heavy-duty, forged-steel dual front and single rear frame-mounted tow hooks come standard, in case you come upon a fellow trail rider in a pinch. If the forecast is sunny and conditions allow, drop the top and take off the doors* for a truly exhilarating summer trail ride.

Day at the Beach

Want to turn heads at the beach this summer? Pull up to shore in the unforgettable Jeep Cherokee and stake your claim in the sand. Featuring the innovative Jeep brand cargo management system with handy hooks and removable holders, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is ready to haul your beach towels, cooler, flying disc, wakeboard and umbrella to the beach, not to mention buckets and shovels for the kids.

Backyard Cookout or Company Picnic

The smell of a grill is the smell of summer. You’re obligated to enjoy as many cookouts as possible, and to play all the croquet and badminton you can handle. Arrive with the family in the 2016 Jeep Patriot High Altitude, with bright exterior accents and the available 4×4 system, and show your true colors. The Patriot helps protect your most precious cargo with safety and security features, including a total of six airbags† and available ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera.

Read more at: http://blog.jeep.com/news/jeep-brand-summer-necessities-covered/

Command the Trail in the 2016 Wrangler

When you think of the all-American SUV, the Jeep Wrangler is bound to make the short list. No trail is too tough, and with so many ways to configure the exterior, you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. Better yet, with tons of exciting features, every drive is better than the next. To get your hands on the 2016 Jeep Wrangler for sale visit Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth or Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville.

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is Trail Rated® tough, and that is made clear once you have a seat inside. Start the engine, and the Pentastar® V6 powertrain kicks to life as it produces best-in-class 285 horsepower, as well as 260 lb.-ft. of torque. It not only has a powerful performance, it’s efficient too with a fuel rating of 17/21 MPG city/hwy. The Wrangler can be paired with one of two 4×4 systems. Your first option is the Command-Trac® 4×4 system, perfect for four-wheel off-roading power. With equal power to all four wheels, you’ll have best-in-class winter performance, which is sure to come in handy when I-275 is coated with snow. When you choose the Rock-Trac® 4×4 system you’ll have best-in-class off-road performance with a 4:1 low-gear ratio, so you can crawl at lower speeds. And to ensure safe trail exploring, the Wrangler has Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist.

There’s no denying that the 2016 Jeep Wrangler is one of the most noticeable vehicles out on the road today – which is pretty impressive when you take into consideration how many ways the exterior can be configured. For instance, remove the tops and doors for a more open-air feel, and even choose from one of the four options for the top: no top, soft top, Freedom Top® hardtop, and color top. Other exciting exterior features include the full-size spare tire, fog lamps and heated power side mirrors for visibility no matter the weather, and available side steps for easy entry and exit.

Have a seat inside, and you’ll quickly realize this isn’t your average SUV. In fact, the 2016 Wrangler has the most comfortable interior in its class. Choose upholstery in premium sedosa cloth or available McKinley leather trim to support you on your daily commute, and with available heated front seats, the long winter months won’t seem so bad. When you’re loading all your camp gear inside, take advantage of the fold-and-tumble seats. Leave them in place for 12.8 cubic ft. of cargo space, or fold them flat for 56.5 cubic ft. of storage room. And if you bring a little dirt from the camp site with you on the way home, the Wrangler is standard with a durable and washable interior that features drain plugs for easy cleaning.

Depending on the trim level, the Jeep Wrangler has one of three entertainment systems. Radio 130 comes with a CD player, MP3 capability, and AM/FM radio. Upgrade to Radio 130S, and you’ll now have a 1-year subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. The top-of-the-line Radio 430N adds on a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Garmin® GPS Navigation with SiriusXM® Travel Link, and a USB port. And to experience best-in-class audio, the 9-speaker Alpine® premium all-weather sound system plays your favorite song with crystal clear clarity.

To conquer the trail, day-to-day errands, and everything in between, get behind the wheel of the 2016 Jeep Wrangler for sale in Plymouth, MI, here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and in Fowlerville, MI, at Dick Scott Motor Mall. We are open six days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours, so it’s always a good time to see what the Wrangler brings to the table.

Jeep’s next Wrangler will come in hybrid and diesel versions

Jeep has big changes in store for the next generation of the iconic Wrangler. Confirming a recent rumor, Fiat-Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne recently announced the Wrangler lineup will be expanded with hybrid and diesel powertrains after the new model goes on sale.

Currently, the Wrangler is only offered with gasoline engines in the United States, but buyers in Europe can order it with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel mill that makes 197 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Marchionne stopped short of providing technical details, but Car & Driver speculates the four-banger won’t make the trip over the Atlantic. Instead, the Wrangler could receive the 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 unit that’s offered at an extra cost on the Ram 1500 pickup.

Jeep’s official business plan reveals the Wrangler will get a mild hybrid system, which indicates it won’t be capable of driving on electricity alone. Again, technical details aren’t available, but we hear that the hybrid powertrain will also be fitted to other members of the Fiat-Chrysler family including the next Ram 1500 truck.

More efficient engines are only part of the equation. Sources close to Jeep have repeatedly suggested that the next generation of the Wrangler will weigh considerably less than the current model (pictured) because it will be built largely out of lightweight materials such as high-strength steel and aluminum. The car maker hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors, and all we know for sure at this point is that production will again take place in Toledo, Ohio.

The next generation of the Jeep Wrangler is tentatively scheduled to land in showrooms in 2017, meaning it will likely be presented at a major auto show either late this year or early next year. The diesel-burning engine is expected to arrive some time between 2018 and 2022, and the hybrid model won’t join the lineup until 2023 or 2024. In other words, if you want a gasoline-electric off-roader you’ll have to either be very, very patient or build it yourself.

Read more at: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/jeep-wrangler-diesel-news-specs-rumors-performance/

Cherokee vs Wrangler: the winner

In November, we visited the sales race between the new Jeep Cherokee and the Jeep Wrangler — a modern, lighter-duty vehicle and a heavy-duty traditionalist. The Wrangler had been falling behind, possibly because Daimler did not build the plant with any expansion in mind.

Those constraints will not ease until, ironically, the Wrangler takes over the Cherokee’s plant, pushing the more modern Jeep out of Ohio. The Wrangler sells as quickly as it can be built, despite the lack of a recent redesign or most of the Cherokee’s gizmos and creature comforts.

In November, US buyers had picked up 196,211 Jeep Cherokees, versus 187,111 Jeep Wranglers and 174,950 Jeep Grand Cherokees. Canadians had chosen Cherokees as the top Jeep every month of the year, and outside North America, the Cherokee easily outsells the Wrangler.

For 2015 as a whole, the Jeep Cherokee easily beat the Jeep Wrangler (in the US), 220,260 to 202,702; the pair were closer in 2015, when the Wrangler beat the Cherokee by around 3,200 sales. The Grand Cherokee came in at #3, with 195,958 sales.

The other Jeep race was between the new Jeep Renegade and the Jeep Compass, and we’d called it for the Compass, which had a full year of sales vs the abbreviated Renegade 2015. Not surprisingly, the Compass, with just 66,698 sales, eked out a Pyrrhic victory over the Renegade, with 60,946. 2016 will almost certainly change the order; though a new Jeep Compass is due at some point. In the meantime, the Patriot’s surprising 27% gain, to nearly 120,000 sales, made keeping it around a paying proposition.

There is another disclaimer: there are two Jeep Wrangler models, on different wheelbases, but there are also two cars using the same basic chassis on the Grand Cherokee side. Adding Dodge Durango sales to the Grand Cherokee (as Wrangler Unlimited is added to Wrangler) would easily push that pair to the top.

As read on: https://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2016/01/cherokee-vs-wrangler-the-winner-30944