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BYOJ: Wrangler JL configurator is up

by David Zatz on

You can now build your own 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL — at least, on the Web, using the Jeep “build and price system.” All come with the “Jeep Wave” — a dedicated member number and live chat; oil changes and tire rotations; $1,000 of trip insurance; special events; and member discounts.

BYOJ - build your own wrangler JL

There are four basic options, the Sport, Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon. Sports have the five-inch touch-screen and start at $28,190 plus destination; the others have a seven-inch screen. The range between base Sport and Rubicon is exactly $10,000. Buyers have to pay $3,500 more to get the four-door version, which is expect to be the larger seller by a good margin.

All Wranglers have two-speed four wheel drive, UConnect, backup cameras, tow hooks, and skid plates. The two-door versions have 2,000 pounds of towing capacity, and the four-doors can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The Sport is a stripped-down package by modern standards, with no air conditioning, crank windows, steel wheels, and such; it has the zipper-free soft top. The auxiliary switches are optional.

The Sport S takes the base Sport and adds aluminum wheels, air conditioning, the “power convenience group,” and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Sport S buyers can pay extra for a seven-inch touch-screen with UConnect 4; or to get the Safety Group.

The Sahara — only sold as a four-door — adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, side steps, body-color fender flares, the seven-inch center display, a seven-inch gauge display/trip computer, and dual-zone automatic temperature control.  Buyers can also opt for LED exterior lighting and full-time four wheel drive.

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Finally, the Rubicon stands at the top as the most off-road capable Wrangler. It has 17-inch wheels with 33-inch off-road tires; heavy duty axles; a lower-geared 4×4 system; remote front sway bar disconnect; off-road rock rails; and optional winch-capable steel bumpers.

If you don’t drive a stick, now might be the time to learn; not only is it the natural transmission for a Wrangler, but it saves $2,000 off the price of the eight-speed automatic.

The four-cylinder hybrid is not yet available; for the moment, buyers can only configure with the V6.

The free tire rotations may have ulterior motives — to detect alignment problems early and to prevent tire-related steering or handling issues. The Wrangler’s beam axles can intensify the effects of wear problems.

Prices are substantially higher than the “JK” series, which is also on sale in the 2018 model-year; both are being built simultaneously, in different factories, for a limited time, so JKs can still be special-ordered exactly as the buyer wants them. Still, the JL is, overall, a better deal, with its newer body using current metallurgical advances, the eight-speed automatic making better use of the V6 engine, and the nicer interior and superior tops. Thanks to Robert S. Miller for pointing out the appearance of the “BYOJ” system.

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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