Alright, so I’m a little late to the party here but, the newest generation of Jeep Wranglers has finally been revealed; the all new Jeep Wrangler JL. In today’s post, I’m going to tell you why this new generation of Wranglers will be the greatest of all time.
Now, Jeepers aren’t exactly the most acceptable group of individuals when it comes to change. I think we all remember the near riot response when Jeep introduced the new Cherokee’s about 2 years ago and the overall response from the community was disownment and denial that it was even a Jeep at all. Same thing goes for when they first introduced the YJ’s back in 1987 with their square headlights and even the JK’s in 2007 with the new four doors. So, its no surprise that some people were skeptical of what the new JL model would look like and how it would preform.
First lets take a look and discuss the overall appearance of the new Wranglers.
Immediately, the first thing I notice is that it still looks like a Wrangler. Seems weird that I feel obligated to mention that, but I think everyone hopes that Jeep doesn’t try to be too innovative and stray away from the original design. Next, I noticed the shape of the grill. It almost looks like a cross between the TJ, CJ, and JK grills. I really like the large headlight design that almost seems to intrude on the grill slots, similar to what the CJ’s used to look like. It’s nice to see that they may have pulled from previous generations and used them as inspiration for the design of these Wranglers.
Another thing I really like is that they’ve designed these new JL’s to be capable of having up to 35″ tires with no additional modification. I also believe that they will come stock with 33″ tires. Other things to note is the sliding power soft tops and the fold-able front windshield, which has been a feature in the past but is now making a comeback.
Next, lets talk about the interior. In recent years, Jeep has made a very obvious push to make their vehicles more luxurious, most notably with the new Cherokees. As expected, they have made the interior of these new Wranglers incredibly luxurious and technologically up-to-date without overwhelming the driver. They also give the buyer the option of either adding more tech to their Jeep or even simplifying it down for those who don’t want all the fancy bells and whistles.
Now, lets talk about the good stuff.
The engine. The engine. The engine. For some of us, this is everything. The new JL will be available with much more powertrain options than in previous years. The 3.6L V6 that was seen in the JK’s will be carrying over into these new Wranglers, pushing out 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of toque and will come standard with a new six-speed manual transmission. Don’t worry though, you can opt for the eight-speed automatic transmission if manual isn’t for you. Next, is a new 2.0L inline-four turbocharged gas engine option. This little beauty will be pushing out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the eight-speed automatic transmission is mandatory. Last but certainly not least is the all new 3.0L turbodiesel V6. After years of screaming that we wanted a diesel Wrangler, we finally got one. This bad boy will be pushing out 260 hp and up to 442 lb-ft of torque and will be equipped with a “more robust” version of the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. As cool as this is, I wouldn’t try “rolling coal” on anyone. (If you do try, send us a video!)
Those are the big things I really wanted to point out and discuss today. Once the JL’s have officially rolled out and are on the streets I will make a much more in-depth review of them. There is still much about these new Jeeps that we don’t know just yet. Let me know if you’re just as excited for these new Wranglers as I am!
~ JP Family