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How long to wait for the new Wrangler?

by David Zatz on

According to long-time Allpar sources RedRiderBob and oh2o, the new Jeep Wrangler and the equally new Hurricane turbo-four were still on track for production in November 2017.

Wrangler spy shot

Toledo South, which makes Wranglers today, is to keep on making 2017 “JK” Wranglers until the end of September; it will then produce the 2018s until the end of the first quarter in 2018, shutting down for a few months. When the plant re-opens, it should make the “JT” Wrangler pickup, likely also pushing out familiar-form Wranglers.

spy shot 2018 jeep wrangler interior

The “new” Toledo North plant is currently retooling to build the next-generation Wrangler; it most recently built the Jeep Cherokee. The plant is moving from an independent-suspension, front-drive-based, unibody vehicle to a body-on-frame, live-axle, 4×4-only vehicle, which explains why it’s expected to be down until nearly the end of 2017 before launching the 2018 Wrangler JL. That means that supplies of the new Jeeps will be tight for a few months, helping dealers sell off the current JKs.

What’s in the new Jeep Wrangler? Check it out on our main 2018 JL page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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