Explained: Why Dealers Are Confusing 2018 JKU Orders for Next-Gen 2018 JL Wrangler

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    #1 Aug 25, 2017
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    We noticed that several users have encountered dealers who claim they can now place orders on the new 2018 JL Wrangler.

    Please note that as of today (August 25, 2017) and likely until October-November you can NOT and will NOT be able to place an order on a next-generation 2018 JL Wrangler (as opposed to the 2018 JK/JKU Wrangler).

    Here is the reason behind the confusion:

    The 2-door JK Wrangler has always been labeled "JK" in FCA's internal dealer systems while the 4-door JK Wrangler Unlimited is given the "JL" label. It's been this way for the past 10 years.

    Of course, as you all know FCA decided on the "JL" vehicle program code for the next-gen JL Wrangler and since it is being sold concurrently with the 2018 JK Wrangler, it is causing confusion among some dealerships who are not understanding that the "JL" they see listed in their systems (and can place orders for) is actually a 2018 JK Unlimited.

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    Here is a recent dealer allocation screen. Notice that the "WRANGLER 4DR (JL)" actually refers to the 2018 JKU. You can see the corresponding JK Wrangler build codes (e.g. JKJM74, JKJP74, etc) next to it.

    And when in doubt, have them verify the specific model/trim codes. We've already seen the 2018 JL Wrangler model codes in the dealer system screenshots.

    Next-Gen 2018 JL Wrangler model codes:
    JLJL72 - Wrangler Sport
    JLJS72 - Wrangler Rubicon
    JLJL74 - Wrangler Unlimited Sport
    JLJP74 - Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
    JLJS74 - Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

    2018 JK Wrangler model codes:
    JKJL72 - Wrangler Sport
    JKJP72 - Wrangler Sahara
    JKJS72 - Wrangler Rubicon
    JKJM74 - Wrangler Unlimited Sport
    JKJP74 - Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
    JKJS74 - Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

    It goes without saying this means dealers are able to place orders for the 2018 JK right now.

    Rest assured, we will let everyone know when dealers can begin placing orders for the 2018 JL Wrangler.
     
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    Great info thank you for the heads up! What were they thinking labeling the JKU the "JL" then using it for the next Wrangler program name. :facepalm::facepalm:
     
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    And when in doubt, have them verify the specific model/trim codes. We've already seen the 2018 JL Wrangler model codes in the dealer system screenshots.

    Next-Gen 2018 JL Wrangler model codes:
    JLJL72 - Wrangler Sport
    JLJS72 - Wrangler Rubicon
    JLJL74 - Wrangler Unlimited Sport
    JLJP74 - Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
    JLJS74 - Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

    2018 JK Wrangler model codes:
    JKJL72 - Wrangler Sport
    JKJP72 - Wrangler Sahara
    JKJS72 - Wrangler Rubicon
    JKJM74 - Wrangler Unlimited Sport
    JKJP74 - Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
    JKJS74 - Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
     
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    Boss (Adm.) have you heard ( besides the price ) has there been any significant changes to the 2018 JK - have you heard of any option changes ?
     
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    The 2018 JK pricing has not changed and also no notable new features. Some added color choices. Freedom and Recon editions will get minor additions like a tan soft top. That's about it.
     
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    Thanks Mr.Adm. - now it just to find out what options will be available on which models for the JL Wrangler
     
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    Why would they offer a 2018 JK and also the JL?
    Is it possible that they aren't releasing the JL until next year?
     
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    Most people will want the new JL over the JK I would assume. So they might actually be wasting money on all the leftover JK's that no one wants. Especially if it looks as good as the leaks show. I'm not going to lie though. I'm looking st a JKU Recon now. It is really nice and in Gobi color which doesn't seem to be on the upcoming JL list. Not that I saw anyway. Plus I wouldn't buy the JL when it first comes out and don't want to necessarily wait two years to get into one that they have tweaked. We have a 2017 Sahara that I love. My daily driver is a 2014 R/T AWD I love but I could definitely be swayed into the Rubicon for the right price.
     
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    No. Do more research.
     
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    Administrator - I hope you still monitor this topic - has the 2018 JKs started production yet ? I looks like 10/2 was start up
     
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    According to Milous production launched over the weekend on Saturday Sept 30th.
     
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    I know this has been beaten to death, but are we still 100% convinced that the diesel will not be offered with a manual transmission? Do these new dealer screenshots offer any confirmation?
     
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