2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL / JLU) and 2019 Pickup (JT) Info Compilation

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    #1 May 14, 2016
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    Thanks to our sources, here are the official dates and some confirmed features (so far) for the 2018 JK Wrangler, 2018 JL Wrangler and the 2019 JT Wrangler Pickup.

    Ordering / Production Schedule

    2018 Wrangler JL / JLU:
    • September-November 2017: 2018 Wrangler JL / JLU Sales and Press Launch
    • October/November 2017: 2018 Wrangler JL / JLU Order Banks Open
    • October 16, 2017: 2018 Wrangler JL / JLU Production Begins
    • Mid-Late December 2017: Production models arrive at dealerships
    • Debuts at LA Auto Show (Nov 28 or 29, confirmed by Jeep CEO Mike Manley)

    2019 Wrangler JT Pickup:
    • August 2018: 2019 JT Wrangler Pickup Truck Order Banks Open
    • October 2018: 2019 JT Wrangler Pickup Truck Production Begins (See Thread For More Info)

    Models / Trims
    • JL Sport (2 Door)
    • JL Rubicon (2 Door)
    • JL Unlimited Sport (4 Door)
    • JL Unlimited Sahara (4 Door)
    • JL Unlimited Rubicon (4 Door)
    • No more 2-door JL Sahara trim (see confirmation)

    Features / Specifications

    New Features (for North America):

    Engine/Transmission:

    • New Chrysler Version of ZF 8 Speed Transmission (850RE)
    • 2.0L "Hurricane" I4 DOHC DI Turbo Engine with BSG (Belt Starter Generator) and new 850RE transmission) (visual confirmation) (no manual option)
    • 3.0L VM V6 Turbo Diesel Engine with Engine Start-Stop (3rd Generation) with new 8HP75 transmission (late 2019MY availability, pending EPA certification).
    • 3.6L Pentastar V6 24V VVT Upgraded Engine (with new 850RE transmission); Comes standard with Engine Start-Stop (ESS) technology (See Thread For More Info) that can be turned off but will default to "on" with each ignition cycle (visual confirmation)
    Infotainment/Technology:
    • New fourth-generation Uconnect 8.4" navigation system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto
    • 5-inch (UAA) Base Radio Touchscreen (with hard buttons)
    • 7-inch (UAG) Touchscreen Upgrade Option (no hard buttons)
    • 8.4-inch (UAQ) Top End Navigation System (optional without nav) (no hard buttons)
    • 8.4-inch will come with the new Off-Road Pages providing useful info regarding the JL Wrangler’s off-road systems -- including wheel articulation, transfer case status, pitch and roll, transmission temperature, suspension, and monitor the basic essentials like oil and coolant temperatures, oil pressure and battery voltage
    • Alpine Audio System Returns
    • Customizable Color TFT Display with Telemetry Data (7" and up)
    • Touchscreens retain physical buttons for air conditioning, power, volume, menu selection
    • Gauge cluster center features 3.5-inch monochrome display for the Sport and 7-inch TFT color display for the Sahara and Rubicon models.
    • Backup camera (visual confirmation)
    • Parking sensor (visual confirmation)
    • CB radio pre-wired option (info)
    • Remote Keyless Entry (info)
    • Push Button Start (info)
    • HomeLink garage door controls on sun visors (visual confirmation)
    • Blind Spot Monitoring system (BSM) (visual confirmation)
    Exterior/Roof:
    • Fold down windshield with two side hinges
    • Taller, flatter and more raked windshield
    • Interchangeable soft / hard top
    • Fully removable roof
    • Power sliding hardtop (late 2018MY availability) (confirmation)
    • Power softtop (see below)
    • True 3-piece hardtop
    • Optional hardtop glass panel (rumored)
    • Solid frame, fixed roll cage
    • Fully removable doors
    • Turn signal on side mirrors
    • New larger front bumper design
    • Larger upright grille with kinked slats
    • Headlights curve into outer grille slats
    • Longer / flatter hood
    • Hood latch position moved forward
    • Vent and boomerang styling detail on front quarter panels
    • New pull door handles
    • Exposed, redesigned (stubbier) door hinges
    • Taller windows with more rounded corners
    • Full length drip rails/rain gutter that spans the entire length of the vehicle
    • Tai lights feature wrap-around design
    • Rubicon hood with black vents flanking a center hump
    • Rubicon model still features rock rails
    • Spare tire will be mounted 3-4 inches lower to improve rear visibility
    • Verified terms regarding JL/JLU roof options:
      • "Single top package"
      • "Dual top group"
      • "Hard top"
      • "Black 3-piece hard top:
      • "Soft top"
      • "Freedom panel storage bag"
    • Verified top options from dealer system (see thread):
      • Black 3-Piece Hard Top
      • Body Color 3-Piece Hard Top
      • Premium Black Sunrider Soft Top
      • Premium Tan Sunrider Soft Top
      • Premium Black Soft Top
      • Premium Tan Soft Top
      • Black Power Soft Top
    Colors:
    • Following colors may not be a full list
    • PAU – Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
    • PJD – Acid Yellow Clear Coat
    • PRC – Firecracker Red
    • PSC – Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
    • PW7 – Bright White Clear Coat
    • PX8 – Black Clear Coat
    • PY5 – Nacho Clear Coat
    • Light Green and Blue were also mentioned in a dealer meeting
    Packages:
    • Technology Group
    • LED Lighting Group
    • Convenience Group
    • Cold Weather Group
    • Heavy Duty Electrical Group
    • Electronic Infotainment System Group
    • Dual Top Group
    • Safety Group
    • Steel Bumper Group
    • Smoker’s Group
    Interior:
    Seats:
    • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black/Heritage Tan)
    • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black)
    • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats (Black/Heritage Tan)
    • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats (Black)
    • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats (Black/Heritage Tan)
    • Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats (Black)
    • Premium Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black)
    • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black/Heritage Tan)
    • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (Black)
    Interior Options:
    • MOPAR High Headliner
    • Trail Rail Management System
    • MOPAR All-Weather Floor Mats
    • Soft Top Window Storage Bag
    • Air Conditioning
    • Alpine Premium Audio System
    • Google Android Auto
    • Apple CarPlay
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
    • Jeep Trail Rated Kit
    Other Options:
    • 2.72:1 Selec-Trac Full Time 4WD System
    • Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle
    • Remote Proximity Keyless Entry
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Engine Block Heater
    • Remote Start System
    Wheels/Tires
    • 245/75R17 tires standard on Sport trim
    • LT285/70/R17 tires standard on Rubicon trim.
    • 255/70R18 All Terrain Tires
    • 245/75R17 All Season Tires
    • 245/75R17 All-Terrain Tires
    • 255/70R18 All-Terrain Tires
    • LT285/70R17C OWL Off-Road Tires
    • 245/75R17 All Terrain Tires
    • 17” x 7.5” Polished Granite Crystal Wheels
    • 17” x 7.5” Tech Silver Aluminum Wheels
    • 17” x 7.5” Black Wheels with Polished Lip
    • 18” x 7.5” Tech Gray Polished Face Wheels
    Lighting (See Thread For More Info)
    • Daytime Running Lamps will have LED accents
    • LED fog lamps
    • LED reflector headlamps
    • LED tail lamps
    • LED turn signals (in fenders)
    • Ambient LED interior lighting
    • Illuminated cupholders
    Axles / Suspension
    • JL Sport (standard)
      M186 Front Axle / Next Generation Dana 44 HD Rear Axle

      JL Sahara (standard)
      205MM Front Axle / Next Generation Dana 44 HD Rear Axle

      JL Rubicon (standard)
      Dana M210 Wide Front Axle / Dana M220 Wide Rear Axle

      JL Sahara (optional package)
      205MM Front Axle / Dana M220 Rear Axle
    • CV joints on front axle of Selec-Trac (AWD) models
    • U-joints on front axle of Rubicon
    Steering
    Miscellaneous
    • JLU has a longer wheelbase than JKU
    • Most current (JK/JKU) aftermarket parts will fit
    • Lug tool is now in metric


    2017-18 Wrangler (Toledo) Assembly Plants Schedule

    Current: TSP (Toledo Supplier Park - Toledo South)
    • Building 2017 JK Wranglers until 9/30/2017
    • Will build 2018 JK Wranglers starting 10/02/2017 until 3/30/2018
    • Will shut down starting 3/31/2018 for an estimated 3-4 months or longer to retool for the 2019 JT Pickup
    Future: TNAP (Toledo North Assembly Plant)
    • Currently building 2017 Jeep Cherokee KL until 4/07/2017
    • Plant will shut down from 4/08/2017 until November 2017 to prepare for Wrangler JL production
    • All-New Wrangler JL will launch 11/13/2017

    Note: Information is subject to change

    * Updated 10/5/17 with latest info.
     
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    Good info thank you for posting!

    So it will come with the 2.0L as standard? :(
    Already wondering how much that V6 upgrade will cost..
     
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    Great info! Sounds like the 2 and 4 doors will start production earlier than the pickup? Curious to see how good the new turbo engine will be.
     
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    Isn't that basically the same V6 engine in the current JK? Or is it being upgraded and 'up marketed' in the JL where it'll be an optional upgrade at a higher price?
     
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    I think that's how the product planners will position the engines. Standard base engine will be the 2.0L Turbo and the V6 will be an extra cost upgrade, OR they could decide to package each engine with a certain model (and you can't upgrade).
     
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    Since they couldn't even make JK Wranglers fast enough, I hope they'll have increased production capacity to kick off the JL production with or there's gonna be lots of people waiting for a while to get their 2018s. :(

    Anyone know if the new nav unit will have Apple Carplay?
     
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    These are confirmed AUTOMATIC transmissions.... Do we have confirmation on the Manual transmissions available???

    Are they still going with the NSG370 6-spd?? What about Diesel/Manual combos?

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    Question.. the press launch is not the same thing as the reveal right? It wouldn't make sense for order banks to open before they show the JL. Any info on when it will be revealed?
     
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    I've read rumors that there is supposed to be a 4th engine even...
     
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    This might be the most exciting news for me in this list, and might sway me to wait for the JL instead of picking up a late model JK at a discount. This kind of configuration versatility is what's going to keep Wrangler sales chugging, even when/if the Ford Bronco is revived.


    Rumors are that the folding windshield is going away, is that true?
     
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    Power soft top sounds much more convenient but also one more thing to possibly break or wear out. And if you get the hardtop glass it'll give you a panoramic roof?
     
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    Honestly as long the power mechanism is done right it should work fine. Convertibles don't usually have much issue with their tops anymore so the folding mechanism for the JL should be reliable. Since the Wrangler doesn't have a traditional trunk for the soft top to be retracted into and stored, will it end up working like a Fiat 500 Convertible where the top is drawn back and just sits at the back of the car all scrunched up and exposed? Never liked how that looks and seems like it gets in the way.

    This is what I mean.

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    Nah doubt it. It's gotta have some structural bar or reinforcement up there I'm thinking. My guess is the removal glass top would be something like on the Renegade.


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    this is what I'm thinking too. It also helps to save weight since less bolstering is needed. They can replace the safety bar with a stronger top structure and reduce lower body reinforcement.

    I'm wondering if any of these changes have to do with economies of scale in building the pickup as well. The full convertible would be really missed however.
     
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    Sounds to me like FCA is trying to move the Wrangler more upscale and with more luxury features. I worry the removable panels cause even more leaking issues.
     
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