2018 Wrangler (JK) Info Thread - Ordering/Production

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It's been a long time but I also recall the last of the YJs(1995) getting a package that had some of the TJs improvements. I think it was called the Rio Grande and had an updated 4 cylinder and maybe a few other improvements.
Just pointing out that final year updates DO occasionally happen...
The 2.4L I4 didn't come until much later, not with the Rio. Some late YJs got the 4.0 I6 update though.

The late JKs might get the PUG, but wouldn't count on it will all the associated ECU programming required, and the transmission programming and torque lock-up converter bluntung it's benefits. The YJ and TJ shared the same transmissions unlike the JK/JL, so makes it more of a clean break, but could happen.

As for the axle, the Recon already updated that.
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Considering that the 2018 JK order banks open in just over two months, I'm rather surprised that more info hasn't been either found or posted yet. I would have thought we would have known what we could expect by now.
 

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@Milous posted an update today over at JeepGarage...
 

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@Milous posted an update today over at JeepGarage...
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on perspective) not much change forseen for the final JK.

Colors are always a hit and miss for the late availability & special edition colours. Has nothing to do with Milous' info, it's just how things turn out.

To which... I'll believe ACID Yellow once it arrives. Would love another crack at a Recon in yellow before they're gone, but will wait for the model & colour lineup for JL.

Nice to see glass panel option for JL hardtop (like a better version of JeeTop?) according to its own thread.

Also wish the JL's manual was identified like it is for the auto, was hoping for an higher torque option like the 8HP75 instead of the 850RE for Rubicon+ trim to allow for future diesel/Hemi mods, so hopefully the manual is rated for above 500NM/370lbft.
 
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For all interested in the 2018 JK, see the fact sheet below. Also attached are PDFs with the full specifications and features.


2018 Jeep® Wrangler JK Fact Sheet

Auburn Hills, Mich. Sep 1, 2017 - The iconic 2018 Jeep® Wrangler JK – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – features a standard eight-speaker audio system and an optional Premium Alpine Audio Package that includes nine Alpine speakers, a subwoofer and a 552-watt amplifier. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK delivers unmatched off-road capability with legendary four-wheel drive and is produced with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. Wrangler JK continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, live axles, electronic lockers, and is one of the few mid-size SUVs that offer a six-speed manual transmission, in addition to its five-speed automatic.

New for 2018
  • Wrangler JK models feature new “Wrangler JK” decal on the driver’s side front quarter panel
  • Wrangler JK Golden Eagle, Freedom, and Altitude Editions join the lineup
    • Wrangler JK Golden Eagle features:
      • Premium tan soft top
      • Available tan half doors
      • Golden Eagle center and side hood decals
      • Body-color grille and fender flares with Low Gloss Bronze throats, headlamp rings and Jeep badging
      • Steel front and rear bumpers with bronze tow hooks
      • Heavy duty rock rails with matching black tail lamp guards and fuel fill door
      • 17-inch Low Gloss Bronze wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich KO2 tires
      • Golden Eagle logo on front seats
      • Titanium-painted bezels, vent rings and door handles all with silver bolt heads
      • Light Bronze accent stitching on the McKinley vinyl wrapped front door armrests, console lid, Black leather wrapped steering wheel, and Black cloth seats.
    • Wrangler JK Freedom Edition returns for 2018 with military-themed exterior and interior design cues including:
      • Oscar Mike fender badges and decals on the hood, fenders and rear quarter panel
      • Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted 17-inch alloy wheels and grille
      • Body-color fender flares
      • Heavy duty rock rails with matching black tail lamp guards and fuel fill door
      • Front and rear steel off-road bumpers
      • Premium black soft top
      • Oscar Mike logo embroidered on the seat backs in silver stitching
      • Silver accent stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, doors, seats and front arm rest
      • Iron Gray Metallic front passenger grab handle, door pulls and dash vent rings.
    • Based on the Sahara model, the Wrangler JK Altitude’s highlights include:
      • Body-color grille with High Gloss Black throats, head lamp rings, front and rear bumper appliques, Jeep badge and 18-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Dueler tires
      • Standard body color hard top
      • Power bulge hood
      • Black tail lamp guards and fuel fill door
      • Standard black leather seats with Diesel Gray accent stitching
      • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with Liquid Titanium-painted spokes and Diesel Gray stitching
      • Liquid Titanium finish vent rings, door and instrument panel grab handles with black bolt heads
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK offers available premium tan soft top on Freedom Edition and Rubicon Recon models
    • Standard on Golden Eagle model
  • Tru-Lok® Locking Rear Differential available on Wrangler JK Willys Wheeler and Freedom Edition

Highlights
  • Jeep Wrangler JK’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque
  • Jeep Wrangler JK is available with several axle gear ratios, allowing customers to optimize fuel economy and vehicle capability. Wrangler JK is available with 3.21, 3.73 or 4.10 ratios depending on model. Also, Wrangler JK offers towing capability up to 3,500 pounds
  • A best-in-class approach angle of 42.2 degrees, breakover angle of 25.8 degrees and departure angle of 32.3 degrees helps the Jeep Wrangler JK scale the toughest terrain
  • The capable driveline of the Sport and Sahara models include a Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle. The Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case features a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. In addition, an optional Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip in low-traction environments such as sand, mud or snow
  • The Wrangler JK Rubicon Recon model features a front axle upgrade, enhanced off-road rock rails, heavy-duty cast differential covers, Dana 44 front and rear axles and the Rock-Trac NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio. Rubicon Recon also includes electric front and rear locking differentials, disconnecting front sway bar and 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires, taking the Wrangler JK to the highest level of capability
  • The Jeep Wrangler JK’s signature features include: classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille, trapezoid wheel flares, removable doors, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield and innovative removable tops and half doors that allow the Wrangler JK to retain the brand’s iconic appearance and function
  • Standard electronic stability control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist and brake traction control are among two dozen available safety and security features

Model Lineup
For 2018, the Wrangler JK lineup consists of four models:
  • Sport
  • Sport S
  • Sahara
  • Rubicon

Exterior Colors
  • Chief
  • Baja Yellow
  • Gobi
  • Xtreme Purple
  • Billet Silver
  • Black
  • Bright White
  • Firecracker Red
  • Granite Crystal
  • Rhino

Interior Colors
  • Black
  • Black/Dark Saddle Brown
  • Black/Dark Olive
 

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A JL Golden Eagle would be sweet. I almost wanna buy a JK GE and park it. Could be a money maker later in life.
 

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For all interested in the 2018 JK, see the fact sheet below. Also attached are PDFs with the full specifications and features...
LoL, like clockwork , September 1st FCA provides another new Model Year JK Press Release.;)

Surprised to see Baja back, right before JL gets Acid and Dozer... err... Nacho. I don't think I've ever seen so much Yellow in the Wrangler lineup in one calendar year. :surprised: :like:
 

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Is Willys Wheeler considered a package under the Sport line then? Not listed in the model lineup, but looks like WW should be available based on the "Tru-Lok® Locking Rear Differential available on Wrangler JK Willys Wheeler and Freedom Edition".
 

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So based on the new sheet, the mpg didn't change, I was really hoping it would be better.
 

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So based on the new sheet, the mpg didn't change, I was really hoping it would be better.
Why would it change on the JK? The Engine, Transmission, Transfer case, Axle Ratios are all the same.

Nothing changes until the JL, then there will be 3 MPGs to chose from just from engine alone let alone each variable in the chain.
 

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I keep checking jeep.com to see what these new editions are going to look like, but nothing yet. Does anybody know when jeep's website will be showing the 2018 JK info? Seems strange to me that you can already order the vehicle and there is zero information on their website.
 

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UPDATED WITH 2018 JK FACT SHEET (FULL SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES PDFs ATTACHED):

2018 Jeep® Wrangler JK Fact Sheet

Auburn Hills, Mich. Sep 1, 2017 - The iconic 2018 Jeep® Wrangler JK – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – features a standard eight-speaker audio system and an optional Premium Alpine Audio Package that includes nine Alpine speakers, a subwoofer and a 552-watt amplifier. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK delivers unmatched off-road capability with legendary four-wheel drive and is produced with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. Wrangler JK continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, live axles, electronic lockers, and is one of the few mid-size SUVs that offer a six-speed manual transmission, in addition to its five-speed automatic.

New for 2018
  • Wrangler JK models feature new “Wrangler JK” decal on the driver’s side front quarter panel
  • Wrangler JK Golden Eagle, Freedom, and Altitude Editions join the lineup
    • Wrangler JK Golden Eagle features:
      • Premium tan soft top
      • Available tan half doors
      • Golden Eagle center and side hood decals
      • Body-color grille and fender flares with Low Gloss Bronze throats, headlamp rings and Jeep badging
      • Steel front and rear bumpers with bronze tow hooks
      • Heavy duty rock rails with matching black tail lamp guards and fuel fill door
      • 17-inch Low Gloss Bronze wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich KO2 tires
      • Golden Eagle logo on front seats
      • Titanium-painted bezels, vent rings and door handles all with silver bolt heads
      • Light Bronze accent stitching on the McKinley vinyl wrapped front door armrests, console lid, Black leather wrapped steering wheel, and Black cloth seats.
    • Wrangler JK Freedom Edition returns for 2018 with military-themed exterior and interior design cues including:
      • Oscar Mike fender badges and decals on the hood, fenders and rear quarter panel
      • Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted 17-inch alloy wheels and grille
      • Body-color fender flares
      • Heavy duty rock rails with matching black tail lamp guards and fuel fill door
      • Front and rear steel off-road bumpers
      • Premium black soft top
      • Oscar Mike logo embroidered on the seat backs in silver stitching
      • Silver accent stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, doors, seats and front arm rest
      • Iron Gray Metallic front passenger grab handle, door pulls and dash vent rings.
    • Based on the Sahara model, the Wrangler JK Altitude’s highlights include:
      • Body-color grille with High Gloss Black throats, head lamp rings, front and rear bumper appliques, Jeep badge and 18-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Dueler tires
      • Standard body color hard top
      • Power bulge hood
      • Black tail lamp guards and fuel fill door
      • Standard black leather seats with Diesel Gray accent stitching
      • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with Liquid Titanium-painted spokes and Diesel Gray stitching
      • Liquid Titanium finish vent rings, door and instrument panel grab handles with black bolt heads
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK offers available premium tan soft top on Freedom Edition and Rubicon Recon models
    • Standard on Golden Eagle model
  • Tru-Lok® Locking Rear Differential available on Wrangler JK Willys Wheeler and Freedom Edition

Highlights
  • Jeep Wrangler JK’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque
  • Jeep Wrangler JK is available with several axle gear ratios, allowing customers to optimize fuel economy and vehicle capability. Wrangler JK is available with 3.21, 3.73 or 4.10 ratios depending on model. Also, Wrangler JK offers towing capability up to 3,500 pounds
  • A best-in-class approach angle of 42.2 degrees, breakover angle of 25.8 degrees and departure angle of 32.3 degrees helps the Jeep Wrangler JK scale the toughest terrain
  • The capable driveline of the Sport and Sahara models include a Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle. The Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case features a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. In addition, an optional Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip in low-traction environments such as sand, mud or snow
  • The Wrangler JK Rubicon Recon model features a front axle upgrade, enhanced off-road rock rails, heavy-duty cast differential covers, Dana 44 front and rear axles and the Rock-Trac NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio. Rubicon Recon also includes electric front and rear locking differentials, disconnecting front sway bar and 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires, taking the Wrangler JK to the highest level of capability
  • The Jeep Wrangler JK’s signature features include: classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille, trapezoid wheel flares, removable doors, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield and innovative removable tops and half doors that allow the Wrangler JK to retain the brand’s iconic appearance and function
  • Standard electronic stability control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist and brake traction control are among two dozen available safety and security features

Model Lineup
For 2018, the Wrangler JK lineup consists of four models:
  • Sport
  • Sport S
  • Sahara
  • Rubicon

Exterior Colors
  • Chief
  • Baja Yellow
  • Gobi
  • Xtreme Purple
  • Billet Silver
  • Black
  • Bright White
  • Firecracker Red
  • Granite Crystal
  • Rhino

Interior Colors
  • Black
  • Black/Dark Saddle Brown
  • Black/Dark Olive

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It's been widely reported that the current JK Wrangler will continue production (as a 2018 model year) even as the next generation JL Wrangler begins production in November.

We now have hard dates from a supplier source of ours who has provided us the currently scheduled production dates for the 2018 JK:
  • 2018 JK -- 6 Month Model Year
  • 2018 JK Production Start Date -- October 2, 2017
  • 2018 JK Production End Date -- March 30, 2018
  • 2018 JK Order Banks Open -- August 10, 2017 (Note: it's possible that this date could be moved to the following month with banks opening on September 14th)
Wrangler Assembly Plant Schedule: 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

Note: Information is subject to change


* Updated 01/05/17 with latest info
Oh how I wish the golden eagle trim was available on the rubicon package. It would be like my first jeep
 

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Does anyone know if the 2018 Unlimited is expected to have AC vents in the rear? I’ve got a baby and a three-year-old that will need some AC blowing back there. AC for the front seats is not enough and I’m really hoping that jeep finally puts some vents in the back. That’s the only thing holding me back from buying the current version.
 
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