In any case, we’re still talking about something with more torque “where you need it” than the 3.8; and the eight speed takes care of a LOT of problems!!!! Not enough torque? Drop first gear! Can someone review this for factual errors? The recent revelation that the next-generation, 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will have an optional full-time all wheel drive system struck a nerve with some, who saw it as being inappropriate for the vehicle. In its “Rubicon-capable-only” days, Jeep sold CJs and Wranglers with rear wheel drive only; today, all Wranglers drive all four wheels. The current “JK” has part-time four wheel drive, which stays in rear wheel drive unless the driver pulls a lever to active the other wheels. That dramatically increases the turning radius and wears out the tires quickly, unless the Jeep is being driven on a “giving” surface. Most Wranglers are not taken off-road, though all are capable of tackling very serious trails (and land between trails). Even when Jeep was very much a niche brand, selling CJ, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee, market research showed very few buyers took their new Jeeps on land that, say, an AWD Charger couldn’t handle. (CJs and Wranglers still dominate off-road meets, but that’s a fraction of the hundreds of thousands sold each year.) Most buyers want a vehicle that can handle bad weather, not large rocks. For that purpose, full-time all wheel drive is often a better choice. It can be left on at all times, doesn’t affect the turning radius, and cuts fuel usage by staying in RWD unless all wheels are needed. Part-time systems lock up the torque to front and rear at 50/50; there is no slipping in the transfer case, so it has to slip between the tire and road or ground, because tires turn at different speeds when making turns. Tailoring the vehicle to the actual buyer, rather than to the image, is likely the main reason why a full-time system is coming to Jeep — from appearances. It might be the same setup as the one used in the Grand Cherokee, or it might be similar to a past Jeep system which worked mechanically but allowed slip. According to reliable source oh2o, buyers of the Jeep Wrangler JL Sport and Sahara will have a choice between the Command-Trac part-time system and the Selec-Trac full-time system. All Rubicon buyers will get the Rock-Trac heavy duty full time system. The Rock-Trac, unique to the Rubicon, has a 4:1 ratio in low gear, for crawling very, very slowly, with a high level of control for the most demanding situations. The Selec-Trac has a 2.72:1 ratio, which is good enough for all common uses and serious off-roading as well. The current Command-Trac part-time 4x4 system also has a 2.72:1 ratio. According to Allpar source “Ruptured Duck,” ordering for the JL will start in October 2017, possibly only for the Unlimited, and definitely with the V6 engine only. The first Wrangler is slated to be built in November, two full weeks before the official reveal in Los Angeles. The first two-door Wranglers will start in February; while they are superior in tough off-road situations, they are far less convenient and sales of the four-door are much higher than sales of the two-door. The Wrangler JK is slated to leave production at the end of March 2018. The four-cylinder Hurricane engine is to become the base engine in mid-to-late 2018, while the VM diesel will become an option at that time. (The Rubicon may keep the gasoline V6 as its standard engine.) Export Wranglers are to get a 2.2 liter four-cylinder diesel.