We would like to start off by sending a big thank you to our good friends at the JL Wrangler Forums for sending us this information. They contacted us this morning with a detailed timeline for production on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. According to the forum, all the information is from FCA. However, some of the statements in the forum are based on assumptions and interpretations of this data. That being said, we trust the guys over at the JL Wrangler Forums and feel these assumptions are fair.
As you can tell by reading through the thread, there is a ton of information that they have presented. In today’s TFL live video, Tommy and I focused solely on the most important points from the timeline.
Now to the stuff you really want to know. From the graphic above you can see that production is slated to start on November 13, 2017. This is only for the 4-Door Unlimited model with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and a Hardtop, the best-selling version of the Wrangler. Interestingly, Jeep is starting production two weeks before they reveal the car in LA. Production on the 2-Door and 4 cylinder Turbo cars has been delayed slightly, with production starting for those models on January 8, 2018. Unfortunately for those interested in purchasing a diesel Wrangler, the production for that model won’t start until August 6, 2018, almost a full year from now. Additionally, the Power Top option is set to start production on May 14, 2018.
Interestingly, Jeep will continue production of the current generation JK wranglers until March 31 of 2018. Once the new model comes out, we speculate that Jeep may incentivize the sales of the older model. This means that you could potentially save a lot of money on the older, but proven JK wranglers. However, Wranglers sell incredibly well so there is a chance that Jeep decides to let its customers pay full price still.
This pertains well to a viewer question from earlier this week. Steve was curious about when, if ever, is the right time to buy a used Jeep. Jeeps hold their value like crazy, so it is not a big difference in price to just pay the extra money for a brand new one. It might be a good idea to wait for the JL to come out and see if Jeep drops the price of the old model.
Be sure to stay tuned to the TFLnow channel on YouTube for all braking news stories that we come across. We try to go live with the information as soon as we can and the Live platform offers us a great opportunity to connect with our viewers!
To hear everything Tommy and I talked about, be sure to watch the whole video!