What does a typical Wrangler "refresh" consist of?

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Looking at model year lengths of previous Wranglers

1987 - 1996 Jeep Wrangler (YJ 1st Generation) - 9 years
1997 - 2006 Jeep Wrangler (TJ 2nd Generation) - 9 years
2007 - 2017 Jeep Wrangler (JK 3rd Generation) - 10 years
2018 - Present Jeep Wrangler (JL 4th Generation) - 3 years

Assuming the JL will be getting a "refresh" soon, for those that have followed Wranglers for awhile, what does "refresh" usually consist of?
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I know the JK got an engine update (3.8L -> 3.6L) and an interior overhaul. I don't remember which happened first.

I'd guess something similar for JL, but not for a little bit longer. All the effort they've put in for the 392, 4xe, etc. makes me think they're probably not going to invest in cosmetics beyond paint color changes and "special editions".
 

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Why would you assume a refresh after only three years? That's not typical of manufacturers to do after such a short time. Your data in your post shows an average of 9.75 years between refreshes and it's only been three since the last one.
Refreshes usually involve interiors, lights, wheels, styling cues, etc. Sometimes engine options as well but refreshes are usually to "freshen" up a model without completely overhauling it.
 

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2018 through 2022 is FIVE model years: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. There should be a mid-cycle refresh coming out late next year as 2023MY.

Based on what Jeep —and others— has been doing on recent launches, I’d count on the following changes:
  • Significantly upgraded interior materials, fit and finish
  • A larger screen, 10-12 inches, as an option
  • 360-degree vision cameras optional
  • Night vision optional
  • Offer the Mopar lift as a factory option; perhaps with 35-inch tires included
  • Heated and ventilated front seats; perhaps add heated seats to the rear
  • New wheels and paint colors
  • Apparently an EV variant is coming
Things I’d like to see:
  • Add a rear e-locker as a stand alone option across non-Rubicon models
  • Offer power driver seat as an option
 

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Probably something like this in 2023 but still with T-Case stick and Handbrake-
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I certainly hope not as I want to see a physical automatic shifter rather than a knob. For a refresh, I'd like to see:

1. Heated LED lights for those of us living in the snow areas.

2. Manual Transmission available as an option for the Turbo 4 and the EcoDiesel.

3. Wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
 

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I certainly hope not as I want to see a physical automatic shifter rather than a knob. For a refresh, I'd like to see:

1. Heated LED lights for those of us living in the snow areas.

2. Manual Transmission available as an option for the Turbo 4 and the EcoDiesel.

3. Wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
I'm balls deep in snow here and never had the LED light issues with mine ever.

I would love wireless Apple Car Play.
 

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I'm balls deep in snow here and never had the LED light issues with mine ever.

I would love wireless Apple Car Play.
Do you have wired Car Play? If so it's easy to buy a dongle and convert it to wireless. My Hellcat RedEye has wired Carplay and I added the dongle. Best thing ever.
 

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UConnect 5 and a slew of off-road enhancements like true 360º cameras would be an easy guess.

Don't leave out that Jeep has added a slew of powertrains since release so to say they haven't been doing anything is just being dishonest.
 

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I don't think you can look at previous generations to figure out a timeline for refreshes. With the Bronco now a legit (in some peoples eyes) alternative, Jeep might think they have to do a refresh earlier than normal and may also think they have to do more than a typical mid cycle refresh.
 
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