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The long wait for Wranglers and Scramblers; flipping rear glass

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Wrangler is popular, and the plant that makes it is stretched to capacity. Jeep has announced that it will kick the Cherokee out of Toledo and move the Wrangler into Cherokee’s factory, which will mean a complete change in both plants.

The factory move, and a rumored last minute engineering change from independent to solid axle suspensions, means that the dates for “JL’s” launch is fairly far in the future.

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Reliable source Danno wrote that the new Wrangler “JL” would appear in model year 2018, which likely means sometime in calendar year 2017 — other sources claim a summer launch.

The pickup version, coded “JT,” will appear around one year later.  As for the pickup’s name, onlookers are favoring Gladiator or Scrambler, after past Jeep pickups.

“WhiteRhino07” noted that new washer/wiper assembly patents suggest a flip-up rear windshield for solid-roof models.  Rick Andersen added that many of the illustrations “ are for a rear window that flips up and can continue to rotate right over top of the roof and be latched down on the roof.”

The photo above shows a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup with manufacturers’ plates driving around the greater Detroit area.

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