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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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Ready for Battle: Mopar to Offer 200-plus Products for All-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator

  • Mopar-modified 2020 Jeep® Gladiator on display in Los Angeles highlights open-air personalization potential of most capable midsize truck ever
  • Available Mopar products for all-new Jeep Gladiator include active lifestyle accessories and Jeep Performance Parts
  • Accessories include truck bed-mounted cross rails, bed storage system, tonneau covers and more
  • Jeep Performance Parts portfolio for Gladiator includes lift kit, rock rails and tube doors
  • More information on Jeep Performance Parts available at www.mopar.com/jpp

The Mopar brand will deliver a portfolio of more than 200 parts and accessories available to enhance the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. A Mopar-modified 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, on display at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA, highlights the open-air personalization potential of the most capable midsize truck ever.
 
Owners can put their personal imprint on the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator by choosing from a full Mopar menu of products. Customization options include a Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 2-inch lift, JPP tube doors, Mopar spray-in bedliner, tonneau covers, a truck bed storage system and much more, all designed specifically for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
 
“The Mopar brand is bringing to market a full selection of parts and accessories for owners to personalize the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator to fit their individual lifestyles,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “We’re giving owners what they need to enhance the most capable midsize truck ever, whether that’s versatile lifestyle accessories or Jeep Performance Parts for hard-core off-roaders.”
 
The majority of parts and accessories for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be ready when the truck launches in the second quarter of 2019. Mopar products will include active lifestyle, truck-capable accessories, such as bed-mounted cross rails that adapt to a variety of carriers, and additional performance content, such as off-road lights and beadlock wheels, and many more that have been developed specifically for the new Jeep Gladiator.
 
Mopar parts and accessories for the Gladiator are backed by a factory warranty and were created in close conjunction with the Jeep brand, engineering and the product design office through tens of thousands of hours of development, testing and validation. The strictest standards and factory-exclusive data — information not available to the aftermarket — were used to seamlessly integrate Mopar parts and accessories with the Gladiator and to deliver proper fit, finish and quality down to the color, grain, look and line of each product.
 
Mopar-modified all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
The Mopar brand grabbed a large selection of items from its available portfolio to demonstrate the top-down, open-air potential of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon with a modified version on display at the 2018 LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA.
 
Exterior Mopar modifications include a JPP 2-inch lift kit, JPP tube doors and rock rails and JPP 5-inch and 7-inch off-road LED lights. A mesh sun bonnet works with the tube doors to deliver an open-air feel unlike any other offered by a production midsize truck. The JPP logo is added to the rear of both bed sides. Additional Mopar accessories include unique five-spoke wheels, a hood decal, a blacked out Mopar grille and windshield tie-down straps.
 
In the rear, Mopar bed-mounted cross rails work with a Mopar bike carrier to support active lifestyles. A truck bed storage system enhances utility with lockable, dual sliding drawers. The interior of the custom 2020 Jeep Gladiator is outfitted with Katzkin seats, Mopar grab handles, molle bags and all-weather floor mats.
 
The Jeep Gladiator is armed with a Mopar cold air intake, which works with a Mopar cat-back exhaust system to add horsepower and torque.
 
20 Mopar Products for 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Below are 20 Mopar products available for the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator:
 
Bed-mounted cross rails: Adapted from Ram 1500, bed cross rails work with Trail Rail system for adding Mopar lifestyle accessories, such as bike carriers, kayak carriers and more.
 
Bed storage system: Tailgate opens for access to dual sliding drawers, providing lockable storage space for gear, supplies and tools.
 
Ramps: Carryover from Mopar portfolio for Ram 1500, ramps are tested and proven and provide easy ingress and egress into bed area.
 
Lift kit: Available 2-inch lift kit delivers additional off-road clearance and adds aggressive appearance.
 
Bedliners: Durable, factory-backed spray-in bedliner available as production option through Mopar Custom Shop, with drop-in bedliner also available.
 
Roof rack/carriers: Mopar roof rack accommodates variety of lifestyle cargo carriers, such as a bicycle, ski and snowboard carriers.
 
Door sill guards: Composite and stainless steel door sill guards feature the Gladiator text logo.
 
Tonneau covers: Similar in design to tonneau covers for Ram 1500, but configured to fit Jeep Gladiator, options include hard-trifold, soft–trifold and soft roll-up tonneau covers.
 
Side graphics: Graphics unique to Jeep Gladiator flow down from C-pillar and include a hexagonal design, military and retro-themed options.
 
Hood graphics: Options include “Flag,” “1941” and “Jeep Grille Through the Years” designs.
 
Cold air intake: Features the Jeep brand logo and draws in fresh air from hood cut-out to increase engine performance.
 
Katzkin seats: Katzkin leather seats are embroidered with distinctive Jeep grille logo in Tungsten stitching.
 
Tube doors: Tough, 2-inch-round steel tube doors add open-air feel that makes Jeep Gladiator unique for midsize pickups.
 
LED off-road lights: Military grade 5-inch and 7-inch LED lights shine at a maximum of 8,000 lumens for 7-inch option, with JPP brackets available for mounting.
 
Sun bonnets: Mopar mesh and solid sun bonnets enhance freedom of Jeep Gladiator while delivering factory-engineered and UV-tested protection when hardtop is removed.
 
Grab handles: Mopar grab handles feature Jeep grille logo and are hard-secured, offering increased grip.
 
All-weather mats: Durable, all-weather mats fit like a glove and feature graphic design inspired by rugged Moab trails.
 
Wheels: Aluminum 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels help negotiate off-road terrain, and additional wheel options include five-spoke “gear” and five-spoke “slot” designs.
 
Rock rails: Unique, heavy-gauge steel JPP rock rails are thicker and wider and utilize same powder-coating on Ram Truck bedliners to give non-slip finish.
 
Bumpers: Rugged, sturdy, winch-capable steel bumpers include production Rubicon and “Stubby” bumper options.
 
For more information on Jeep Performance Parts, visit www.mopar.com/jpp.

Auto Shows The 2019 Jeep Gladiator Is the Glorious Jeep Pickup You've Been Dreaming of for the Past 26 Years

The last time Jeep offered a pickup truck, Lee Iacocca was CEO. Over the 26 years since, enthusiasts clamoring for a Jeep with a bed have been let down by Chrysler Corporation, DaimlerChrysler AG, Chrysler LLC, Chrysler Group LLC, and FCA US LLC. But now the wait is over. The 2019 Jeep Gladiator is here, and it is glorious. Here’s what we know about the long-awaited Jeep truck.

Official images of the Jeep truck have been revealed by Truck Trend, and it appears that the spy shots we saw earlier this month showing a very Jeep Wrangler-looking vehicle were on point. The front half of the Gladiator looks just like the Wrangler.

According to Truck Trend’s post, which has since been taken down, the Gladiator’s frame is 31 inches longer than the JL Wrangler Unlimited’s, and the wheelbase is up 19.4 inches. The story also says the larger axles, brakes, and also the 33-inch tires and the suspension are unique to the truck. Truck Trend says the Gladiator will be able to carry 1,650 pounds of payload, with a towing capacity of 7,650 pounds.

The windshield folds flat and the roof comes off, just like on the JL Wrangler. That makes the new Jeep truck the first pickup on the U.S. market with a removable top since the the 1991 Dodge Dakota Sport convertible (and no, the Chevy SSR doesn’t count).

Under the hood is apparently the same 3.6-liter Pentastar “Upgrade” engine found in the JL, making 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It can be had with either an automatic (Truck Trend, strangely, says it’s a six speed auto and not the eight speed found in all other Pentastar applications) or a six-speed manual. Truck Trend also says the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel should come in 2020 with 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft, bolted to an eight-speed auto. We don’t know if a 2.0-liter will be available.

As for off-road bits, the story says the new Gladiator, in Rubicon trim, will get “Fox aluminum-bodied 2-inch-diameter shocks,” lockers, a disconnecting front sway bar, a 4:1 low range transfer case ratio, and 33-inch mud terrain tires. The new truck apparently has an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, and a 26 degree departure angle, along with 11.1 inches of ground clearance. Aside from the breakover angle, those are all at the top of the mid-size truck segment.

As for protection, the Rubicon will apparently get rock rails along the rocker panels to keep the big-bellied truck’s body safe from dings, and also metal bars aft of the rear axle to protect the long rear overhang.

Today is a big day for Jeep and for Jeep fans, who have waited since before Lee Iacocca retired from Chrysler in 1992 for another Jeep truck after the Cherokee-derived Comanche died off. And folks hoping for a true body-on-frame Jeep truck have waited even longer—since the departure of the full-size J10 (formerly called the Gladiator) in 1987. That’s the same year that Chrysler bought American Motors Corporation, which owned Jeep at the time.

Clearly, this has been a long time coming, but the recent resurgence of the mid-size truck segment means it was only a matter of time. The Jeep truck is here. And by the looks of it, it appears to be a legitimate, off-road worthy, solid axle-having, body-on-frame machine, just like Jeep diehards have been hoping for for over a quarter of a century.

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/the-2019-jeep-gladiator-is-the-glorious-jeep-pickup-you-1830696134?utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR2X7X0QywD79wOhcumtWG69fLhZ8CY3McspmEhLnybGtg5EHNmVvHWmcBQ

Adventure Reality by Jeep Adventure App Awarded Two “SMARTIES”

Consumers who have dreamed of owning an all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler, and wondered how a four-door, hardtop version of the vehicle would look in their driveway, can now use an award-winning app to virtually make their dream a reality.

This innovative app, which is the only configuration app that allows consumers to see their vehicle in augmented reality and then place it in a virtual reality environment, was recently honored by the Mobile Marketing Association with two SMARTIE awards: a Silver for “North America Mobile App” and a Bronze for “North America VR/AR”.

The Adventure Reality by Jeep® app allows users to visualize a Jeep Wrangler in a variety of locations.

The Adventure Reality by Jeep® app is the ultimate ‘build your own’ augmented reality configuration tool. It allows users to configure the new Jeep Wrangler to their specifications and place it in a variety of locations from their driveway to their living room.

The app allows consumers to explore trim levels, colors and configurations. They can build it with two- or four-doors, hard top or soft top, their choice of colors and wheels. After designing their personalized exterior, they can go inside the virtual vehicle to see the all-new interior of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler in greater detail.

Interior images from the Adventure Reality by Jeep® app.

The high-resolution imagery in the app shows what it’s really like to sit behind the wheel or zoom in on the flarevents. Users are able to interact with the vehicle by removing doors, putting the windshield up and down, turning on the headlights, opening the doors, honking the horn and turning the wheels.

Additionally, these features can be utilized without goggles. To access the virtual reality experience consumers just need to move the phone or tablet from side to side to see their Jeep Wrangler in various environments. Once the consumer has built their vehicle, they can share it socially and/or link to Jeep.com.

The Adventure Reality by Jeep app can be downloaded on both Apple and Android devices. It is currently available for iPhone 7 and up, including X and iPad Pro.  It is also available on the Android 7.0 and up including the Pixel.

Learn more about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and a link to download the app, visit Jeep.com.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/10/10/wrangler-wednesday-adventure-reality-by-jeep-adventure-app-awarded-two-smarties/?autoplay=true

Is This the First Special Edition Jeep Wrangler JL?

The Jeep Wrangler has entered a new generation, but we have yet to see the first of the many inevitable special editions that will launch. Well, this might be it, according to the folks at JL Wrangler Forums.

A member of the forum sent in a photo of a dark silver JL Wrangler on a car hauler. As the forum points out, this Wrangler has a number of special parts that distinguish it from your standard model from the factory, including different rock rails, black tow hooks, black wheels, a gray Jeep logo, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires, as well as factory steel bumpers. The hood features the Moab decal, hinting this could possibly be a special Moab edition. The forum points out this decal is in the parts catalog for the new Wrangler. Jeep launched a Moab edition of the last-gen JK Wrangler for the 2013 model year.

JLWranglerForums said it’s trying to confirm whether this is a special edition Wrangler or something else entirely, such as an aftermarket model. But it’s worth noting that this vehicle was spotted in Auburn Hills, Michigan, near Fiat Chrysler‘s headquarters. It was being transported in the area alongside other Wranglers, although all the others were eventually unloaded while the special model remained on the hauler, the forum member said in a post.

Although Jeep hasn’t rolled out a special edition yet, the Wrangler already offers quite a bit in terms of variety. There are more than 200 Wrangler products from Mopar, including performance parts and accessories. Jeep will add a diesel Wrangler for the 2019 model year, and a Wrangler pickup is also expected sometime soon.

Read more at: https://www.motortrend.com/news/first-special-edition-jeep-wrangler-jl/

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.

Wrangler JK Rubicon 2018

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.

JL Wrangler Grille 2018 Rubicon

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.

JL Wrangler Grille 2018 Fender

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.

Interior Wrangler JL Rubicon 2018

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?

JL Wrangler Off-Road Rubicon 2018

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

Rather Dashing: Jeep Teases 2018 Wrangler JL’s Interior

After last week’s surprise reveal of new-Wrangler images during the SEMA show, as well as the introduction of a passel of accessory parts for the next generation of America’s beloved go-anywhere runabout, Jeep seems to have committed itself to a continued trickle of details leading up to the JL Wrangler’s Los Angeles auto show reveal later this month.

2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon Interior

From the two supplied photographs of a red Rubicon’s passenger-carrying innards, the new Jeep’s interior seems to be an aesthetic improvement over the current version’s Playskool-for-grown-ups cabin, featuring a dash panel color matched to the body. The new unit seems more retro—in a good way—and better suited to the Wrangler’s overall vibe of utility and fun. The vents look less fussy than the previous model’s, and the splash of color goes miles toward rectifying the unpleasant austerity of the outgoing trucklet. The color screen mounted between the tach and speedo also brings a dash of visual life to the proceedings.

 

Also of note is the six-speed manual’s shifter, which appears to feature a reverse-lockout collar that’s either anodized red or color matched to the dash and exterior. In short, the rethought dash provides a much-needed revision to a cabin that failed to echo the previous vehicle’s classic and friendly nature.

 

Read more at: https://blog.caranddriver.com/rather-dashing-jeep-teases-2018-wrangler-jls-interior/?src=socialflowFB&mag=cdb&dom=fb

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/

Wrangler to get “special” treatment

The Jeep Wrangler will be getting the “special” treatment over its final year in JK form, with several named editions to be issued, according to Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette.

The Wrangler JL is due in late 2017, as a 2018 model. Automotive News believes the current JK series will end in September 2017, but one Allpar source believes the JK and JL will overlap for the 2018 model year.

According to the industry weekly, dealers have already been told about the 2017 Wrangler Sport Freedom and Sahara Winter editions, with sales starting in December. Oddly, the Freedom will only last until February, while Winter will continue through May.

The Sport Freedom comes with a star motif on the hood and fenders, an American flag decal on one fender, and other badging; 18-inch Sahara wheels, a new rear differential cover, black fuel door cover, and taillamp guards, for $30,690 (add $3,900 for the four door) including destination.

The Sahara Winter has the LED headlamps and fog lamps introduced this year, along with remote start (automatic only), rock rails, hard top, and numerous decals, badges, and accents. The two door starts at $37,440 with the four door adding $3,800.

Automotive News claimed that other special editions would include the Sport Big Bear, Sahara Chief, Sahara Smoky Mountain, and Rubicon Recon (replacing the Hard Rock in February).

The replacement for the current Wrangler, in production for around a decade, will have an optional eight-speed automatic, which should help both acceleration and economy. It’s set to be built in Toledo, in the plant that currently makes the Cherokee; the current Toledo Wrangler plant may also be used after a refit. The Cherokee will move to Belvidere, Illinois, next month, with the Dart already gone and the current Compass/Patriot slated to be stopped.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/11/wrangler-to-get-special-treatment-35362

First “New Compass” review

Motorchase has posted, if not the first review of the new Compass, the first review in English. With their blessing, we are posting a summary of writer Gustavo Henrique Ruffo’s Camp Jeep experience.

The tested Compass was Brazilian, and the US/Canadian model is likely to sport different engines than the tested Fiat diesel. The ZF nine-speed is common to both.

Body strength was shown off by a series of alternating holes that keep two or three wheels up in the air at a time. Mr. Ruffo reported that the Multijet diesel’s strong torque was more than enough for the off-road experience. “The Compass confidently overcame obstacles, even a 19-inch-high water tank (at 5 mph) [units converted from metric].”

From Camp Jeep, Mr. Ruffo concluded, “In all the trail-like situations, the Compass Trailhawk felt very comfortable to drive and also capable of dealing with most scenarios.”

For the 25-mile roadway drive, including city and highway, Motorchase again got the Trailhawk, and commented on the smoothness of the engine and the high visibility. They did say that the automatic didn’t change gears quickly enough in low-rev situations, but that acceleration was still good.

The Trailhawk, not surprisingly, has a stiff suspension, with “harsh and short” body motion, but high stability at speed and low body roll. Fortunately, Mr. Ruffo was also able to test the Longitude, and spoke more favorably of its road manners:

…the SUV was an example of good behavior. Potholes produced no harsh noises, only minor body shakes. … Uneven asphalt also does not cause the boat movements that often make passengers sick.

Motorchase praised the spaciousness in back, but criticized the low seats — while up front they noted the seats were comfortable but did not have enough thigh support in the off-roading course.

Mr. Ruffo concluded that the new Compass “will be a sales phenomenon” around the world. Priced competitively with compact sedans, but in crossover form, it is in the heart of the market. [Original story at Motorchase]

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/10/first-new-compass-review-34232