• The Long Wait Continues: Brand New Jeep Wrangler JL Won’t Be Unveiled Until LA Auto Show

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    Jeep Wrangler JL test mule

    The brand new next generation Jeep Wrangler JL won’t be shown until the Los Angeles Auto show according to Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne. Fans of the ultimate off-road Jeep have been speculating on the when the current Jeep Wrangler (internally designated as the JK) will be replaced by the next generation of Wrangler (internally designated as the JL). The current generation of the Jeep Wrangler JK has been production in Toledo, Ohio since 2007.

    FCA is investing $700 million to upgrade the Toledo factory for the new Jeep Wrangler which is said to use aluminum to lower the weight of the beefy off-roader. Company officials have said the new Jeep factory will create up to 2000 new jobs, however Marchionne has not confirmed that number.

    The announced upgrade of the assembly plant has lead many Jeep fans to speculate that Jeep will roll out the next generation Jeep Wrangler JL at the up-coming New York Auto Show and Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The two events coincide and in the past Jeep has used these gatherings of Jeep fans and the automotive press to launch new vehicles as was the case with the new Jeep Renegade.

    However FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne recently said:

    “We may be forced to go to Los Angeles to launch the car. We’ll have them running around,” he said. “I can’t cover them up with masking tape. The car is too distinctive. We may show it in Los Angeles in November and then launch it officially here in January.”

    This would mean that the new Jeep Wrangler JL wouldn’t be on sale until next year as 2018 model.

    If you are interested in the current Jeep Wrangler take a look at the TFL comprehensive buyers guide below where we compare the two-door Wrangler to the Unlimited four-door model. Which one is best for you? Tommy Mica has the answer in the video below.


    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a publisher, columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He is also a presenter for TFLcar’s very popular video review channels on YouTube.

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    6 thoughts on “The Long Wait Continues: Brand New Jeep Wrangler JL Won’t Be Unveiled Until LA Auto Show

    1. You guys really do a top notch job at getting all the latest news out as soon as it’s made known. Keep doing exactly what you do, nobody does it better.

    2. I really liked Motor Mountain Monday.Maybe FCA will give you a 2018 for a long term shakedown.
      Keep up the good work, and see if you can get that kid of yours back to making Dif Lock.

    3. Unrelated a little, but as the only other real competitor to the Wrangler that body on frame, any confirmation that the 2018 Toyota 4runner will finally be a redesign (new generation)?

    4. The long awaited jeep jk or lj pj they all look the same j like jeeps I don’t like the fact they all look the same well as far as wranglers atleast great vehicles though

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