We’re getting closer and closer to the reveal of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, codenamed JL, and every week brings us new details about the company’s newest off-roader. Our most recent tidbits come courtesy of JL Wrangler Forums, the online community that claims to have information from a recent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealer meeting regarding the JL.
Foremost, the open-secret turbodiesel engine option has been officially confirmed, reportedly as a late-availability 2019 model. Engine specs are yet to be confirmed, but expect it to be a version of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 found in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. (This engine was rumored for the Wrangler JK, but the engine’s eight-speed transmission wouldn’t fit in the older platform.)
Other powertrain options will include an updated 3.6L Pentastar V-6 with a standard manual or optional automatic transmission. The now-confirmed optional 2.0L turbocharged I-4 will come mated exclusively to a standard automatic gearbox, and it will likely represent the Wrangler’s most efficient gasoline offering.
Many questions have swirled around the Jeep’s roof options. We know the short-wheelbase Wrangler will still be available with a folding soft top and removable hardtop, but safety concerns have some folks wondering about the fate of the JL Unlimited. The anonymous source who provided the dealer meeting details says the new Wrangler will be available with a power sliding hardtop late in the 2018 model year.
Such an option doesn’t preclude the folding soft top or removable hardtop, but it does indicate that at least some variants of the JL will have fixed roof panels. To be honest, a fixed-roof Jeep with a sliding roof panel would make plenty of sense as a daily driver that has to endure chilly winters.
Other new features leaked to JL Wrangler Forums include automatic engine idle stop, pushbutton ignition, and a 33-inch tire size for the Rubicon. The seats will also feature manual-adjusted lumbar support for added comfort, according to the forum.
Available colors will include (but are likely not limited to) white, black, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, blue, orange, red, and Baja Yellow. We hope a nice military green will also make an appearance on dealer floors, and the interior will feature an exterior-colored accent that runs the span of the dashboard.
As predicted, the JL Wrangler will be officially revealed to the public at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show near the end of November. We can’t wait to see it in full.
Source: JL Wrangler Forums