It may be “under wraps” but these photos are more than enough to get us excited for the 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler.
Do you think the JL will live up to the Jeep name or will it be another FCA blunder? Let us know in the comments!
Get excited, because there’s a new Jeep on the way.
The new Jeep, called the JL, was recently spotted in Michigan. It was fully covered to hide the body from curious fans like us, so you’re just going to have to deal with this.
What we know so far is that the JL come with a Pentastar V-6 and keep the solid front and rear axles, so it definitely won’t have an independent front suspension that’s been rumored for quite some time.
Now, speaking of axles, the JL could be getting a new and improved Dana axle with a larger bolt pattern. You should also expect the Jeep JL to have eight-speed automatics and six-speed manuals.
The front-end is noticeably longer than the typical JK, and the expanded front fenders give it a wider look. In addition to that, the windshield is more angled to it to give it a better aerodynamic setup. All in all, it maintains the classic Wrangler look, from what we can tell.
The JL will likely use a “hydroformed steel frame” that will be much lighter and they’re doing this in order to keep fuel economy standards and safety regulations in line. Jeep claims that the lighter platform will give it better off-road performance, but we’ll have to wait and see for ourselves.
We can also confirm that a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine is available.
Finally! A Wrangler with a Diesel in it!
Performance info hasn’t been released yet, but if it’s anything like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, hold onto your hats. The lighter Jeep JL should be able to tear it up while also getting over 30 miles-per-gallon.
Now in case you forgot, Jeep announced earlier this year that a new Wrangler based pickup is in development and shouldn’t be too far away. While we’re still waiting for more details on that, we’re hoping that we’re hoping that the same EcoDiesel engine will be offered on it too.
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