Jeep Skipping Detroit Auto Show Means no 2018 Wrangler JL Debut
When will Jeep debut its long-awaited next-generation Wrangler?by Mark McNabb, on
If you were excited about Jeep debuting its next-generation Wrangler JL at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January, we’ve got bad news. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has elected not to debut any of its new models at the Detroit Auto Show. Rather FCA will attend the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the week prior. According to an industry analyst, FCA will debut a new vehicle there, but don’t expect it to be a Wrangler.
The news comes from AutoTrader analyst Michelle Krebs who spoke to The Blade about FCA’s unusual strategy. Krebs believes the move is a smart one, since FCA is likely debuting tech-heavy vehicle.
Rumors have surfaced about what vehicle FCA will bring to the tech-savvy crowd in Sin City. Most center on an autonomous version of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Still, that begs the question regarding the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s debut.
Jeep could opt to make the announcement at any time – electing to release photos and videos of the Wrangler JL in action. More plausible is the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah come April. The annual even has been a huge highpoint for Jeep debuts in the recent years, with the automaker building a handful of one-off concept models for the enthusiast-driven expo and off-road festival. We’re betting on the latter.
Regardless, it seems we’re in for a few more months before Jeep pulls the covers off its next Wrangler.
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Why It Matters
Jeep has been working for several years in preparation to launch the next-generation Wrangler. Dubbed the Wrangler JL for its chassis code, the new Jeep promises to come in both two- and four-door models, with a new four-cylinder turbo called the Hurricane, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, and a revised version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. The ZF eight-speed automatic and a six-speed manual are expected, as well. Of course, 4WD will come standard, as will a rugged, yet more refined interior. Rumors suggest a new style of removable top that’s better designed for easier removal.
Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler here.
Source: The Blade