Since it’s unveiling earlier this month, we’ve had some time to gather factual intel about the JL Wrangler’s updates and all it has to offer loyal Jeepers looking to get their mitts on this long-awaited 4x4...
Talks of the Wrangler JL specs over the last year have been speculative, with leaks dripping from the FCA and news sources from time to time. Since it’s unveiling earlier this month, we’ve had some time to gather factual intel about the JL Wrangler’s updates and all it has to offer loyal Jeepers looking to get their mitts on this long-awaited 4x4. For straights facts about the Wrangler JL, read on.
Jeepers can expect the JL to sit on a boxed ladder frame with augmented with high strength steel, albeit 200 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, the JK. The body sports historical callbacks like the 7-slot windshield vents. Don’t forget the redesigned roll bars, which are bolt-on for your convenience.
The Wrangler has improved fuel economy by 1-2 mpg city, and 2-3 mpg highway. The next engine offering will be the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder next year, and the 3.0-liter ecodiesel V6 coming in 2019.
The JL comes with a toolkit and roof options aplenty. Jeepers can expect a standard 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen and full color video screen instrument cluster. Some of the new Wrangler’s options include:
- four auxiliary switches
- towing package with 240-amp alternator and class II hitch (3,500lbs capacity)
- heated front seats and heated steering wheel
Those who purchase a Rubicon can expect MOLLE style seat covers for extra cargo space, larger windows, and an improved breakover angle of 2 degrees.
Sport and Sahara models get Dana 30 and 35 axles (rear), while Rubicons will get Dana 44 axles. LED halo daytime running lights and LED turn signals are now standard
- And let’s not forget the JL’s modern safety features, which include:
- seat-mounted front side airbags (standard)
- rear parking sensors with cross-path detection (optional)
- optional blind-spot monitoring system in the mirrors
- Hill-start assistance (standard)
- hill-descent control (optional on automatic models)
Check out some of the pictures released by Motor Trend.