Jeep Wrangler JL Parts & Accessories
The Jeep JL Wrangler is coming in 2018. A vehicle for the next generation of offroad enthusiasts, the Jeep JL is more than just a reskinned JK, it’s an all new Jeep from the bottom up. The key subjective dates for the new JK Wrangler are:
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•September 2017 - 2018 Wrangler Sales and Press Launch Begins
•November 2017 - 2018 Wrangler Orders Can Be Placed
•November 2017 - 2018 Wrangler Production Begins in Ohio, USA
As always, Jeep continues to give you a little bit of history and nostalgia in the design of a new Wrangler. It does employ modern technologies, but not at the expense of its reputation as the #1 4x4 on the trails. While we won’t know the exact details of what all the order options will be until November, there are things to look for. We mention these based on various articles, images, and news from Jeep enthusiasts.
Jeep Wrangler JL Body and Exterior
Since the mention of the JL Wrangler at the very beginning, there’s been a lot of talk about aluminum panels. Those folks not familiar with aluminum body parts balked at the idea, but it’s quickly becoming the norm in today’s world. Ford has already set the precedence on their aluminum bodied F-150 pickup trucks. Modern aluminum is lightweight, but strong.
The JL Wrangler is expected to have both an aluminum body and doors. In the forefront, this is to save weight, equaling at least a chance at better fuel mileage. We already sell aluminum body parts for Jeeps (Aqualu) here at Morris 4x4 Center, so for some long time Jeepers, it won’t be anything new. Just imagine how easy it might be to remove a lightweight aluminum factory door!
The iconic Jeep JL Wrangler front grille has been redesigned, as well as the hood shape (it appears it might be longer). It's possible there might be more than one hood design depending on the options ordered with the Jeep. The grille seems to have a more pronounced “bend” to it than any Wranglers before it had.
The front fender flares should have new clear LED turn signal lights that are incorporated into the fenders themselves.
The new JL Wrangler will no longer have a front windshield that will fold down. An option available since the first Jeeps in the 1940s, many JK owners never dropped their windshields at all. The new windshield frame will now remain in a fixed position.
Jeep Wrangler JL Axles and Suspension
There were some rumors about Jeep going to an independent suspension, and there was plenty of outcry against it. It seems that Jeep heard the voices loud and clear, and has retained the traditional solid axles, front and rear.
Reports relay that Jeep has updated the axles, using a 12 bolt pattern, but with lighter (and possibly smaller) housings. They should still be some type of Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear that’s been popular for decades. With just a few upgrades, so that better fuel mileage may be possible.
Jeep Wrangler JL Engine Options
It’s believed the JL Wranglers will continue to use the 3.6L Pentastar engine, which in the past has had around 285 hp/260 lb. of torque. But there is talk of the JL Wrangler having the option of a 3.0L Diesel. Also mentioned is a possible Turbo 300 hp 4-cylinder, aptly named “Hurricane” (hopefully this is more than just a rumor!). Some people mention a Hybrid engine for the JL, but there aren’t any details on those, so that may be far in the future, if it happens at all.
Jeep Wrangler JL Transmission Options
While an automatic transmission will still be a popular option, it seems that a six-speed manual transmission will be a choice as well. The automatic will probably be an 8-speed version designed by ZF Friedrichshafen in Germany. The new transmission should be another factor in trying to get every ounce of fuel mileage out of the new JL Wrangler.
Jeep Wrangler JL Soft and Hard Top Options
The information about the soft tops for the JL Wranglers has been sketchy, at best. While all Jeep soft tops are similar, it’s expected that Jeep has taken a hard look at soft tops and come up with new alternatives for the JL Wrangler. Some rumors say there may even be a power soft top. Some say it may no longer use traditional zippers, but might have more removable panels than in the past.
For the hardtop options, there are stories of a possible “sunroof” made from glass, or at least something clear. This would let light in, but there are no details regarding if it will fold back, or if it will be a removable panel.
One determining factor is that the new JL Wrangler may no longer use Sport Bars. In this case, the hardtop becomes an important part of the roof, and there are a significant amount of laws and engineering that come into play. Traditionally, the roof on a vehicle has to support the weight of the body if the vehicle is overturned. But we’ll have to see how Jeep handles these issues and challenges.
Jeep Wrangler JL Interior Upgrades and Changes
There isn’t much information about the interior. Some things won’t change much, because you’re always working around the driver. A steering wheel, two seats, a console and dash, etc. It will probably have a new backup camera to meet new laws for car makers. With modern technology changing almost daily, we expect them to have the latest in Uconnect and dashboard information systems. With a new body, hood and doors, new Jeep owners might get some more leg and shoulder room in the 2018 JL Wrangler.
There’s much anticipation for the 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler. Of course, we will keep you updated as we get close to the order and production dates. If any new parts become available, and we expect there will be loads of them, you can find them right here at Morris 4x4 Center.