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Correction: Wrangler JL schedule

by David Zatz on

Our prior story on the Jeep Wrangler “JL”  had several errors based on a mis-reading of communications with reliable source oh2o.

To summarize:

  • The 2018 Wrangler JK (current model) is now in production, and will be until March 31, 2018. Ordering will be cut off this month, but dealers will have allocations for the rest of the model year; so customers can still custom order for now, but after the cutoff, they will have to pick from dealer stock.

2019 Jeep Wrangler JL body-in-white

  • The 2018 JL will start production in late October or early November, at the former Cherokee plant in Toledo. Early models will be four-doors with V6 gasoline engines.
  • The 2019 JL schedule is currently unknown but likely scheduled for a normal summer changeover.

Numerous test cars have been seen on the road, mostly in Unlimited (four door) form, with both hard and soft tops. Because of the excitement around this key vehicle, which drives Jeep’s reputation and gives FCA healthy profits, quite a bit of information has leaked out, from the range of engines to the axles.

Both Toledo plants are slated to make Wranglers, with one also producing pickup versions (most likely to be called Scrambler, after the 1981-1985 CJ-based pickups).

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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