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Old 07-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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Current Generation Extended Into 2018

These same suppliers say that the current Jeep Wrangler will live on through mid-2018 – that's right, another five years. The Detroit News reports that a replacement for the iconic, go-anywhere Jeep was due in mid-2016.

Chrysler extending production of current Dodge Avenger, Jeep Wrangler, Grand Caravan - Autoblog

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Old 07-24-2013, 03:34 PM   #5
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I am not sad about this. Like jeeps the way they are.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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I think this implies a powertrain revision in the works to bring up the mileage
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #7
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"These same suppliers say that the current Jeep Wrangler will live on through mid-2018 – that's right, another five years. The Detroit News reports that a replacement for the iconic, go-anywhere Jeep was due in mid-2016."
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I am not sad about this. Like jeeps the way they are.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:58 PM   #9
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I think they haven't figured out a way to change the wrangler enough to justify a complete generation change. Perhaps they are experimenting with ways to shave off the weight and the technology is years away from coming to fruition..

Guess this means I'll be paying off the Jeep before trading it in for a new one.
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They've got it just about right now with a good balance between comfort, modern features, and function. Any major revisions are likely to tip the scale too far to the comfort side. Annual refinements, new trannies and a diesel in the current chassis and body style are a good way to go forward.
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Interesting if true....and it would break the 10 year cycle for models.

But I can't say I don't blame them for not changing things.

With the major upgrades made in 2011 (interior/painted top option) and 2012 (engine/tranny) , Jeep has knocked it out of the park. There are still a few flaws, but these things are selling like hotcakes....why change it? Judging by the way Jeep has raised the price on some of the options (remeber when gears were $50 all of 16 months ago?), Jeep is making money hand over fist.
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I would think any changes would be engine/tranny based with new directive from Obama on fuel efficiency. I love the 2012 and newer JK's. the interior redesign is what sold me since I wanted a nicer interior with a still rugged jeep. Now I have the best of both.
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I wouldn't believe everything you read.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:48 PM   #14
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They just need to add a version that comes with 35 inch tires, Hemi or the big D and keep making them more reliable... They look just fine to me now... Iconic... perfect what they have mechanically and this thing will sell for decades...
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If this works out I think it will be nice, this will give us a chance to hopefully see the Diesel in more than one year of JK. The first year is likely to have bugs and the 2nd year will maybe be better and the 3 year should be a good year to buy. Or maybe they get all the bugs worked out in the overseas models and our first generation is actually the 2nd or 3rd.
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This makes me happy. I hope that if they decide to re-design one of the most iconic models in history that they take their sweet time to make it better. Seeing a regressive design would sadden me.
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If this works out I think it will be nice, this will give us a chance to hopefully see the Diesel in more than one year of JK. The first year is likely to have bugs and the 2nd year will maybe be better and the 3 year should be a good year to buy. Or maybe they get all the bugs worked out in the overseas models and our first generation is actually the 2nd or 3rd.
The overseas versions of the Wrangler use the 2.8L diesel (I think it was a Daimler/Mercedes engine if memory serves). The rumor mill says that the NAFTA wrangler will use the VM Motori 3.0L diesel, the same one that is being offered in the Grand Cherokee and Ram this year. I don't know if/when the foreign wrangler will see the 3.0L.

Bottom line I agree with you about giving it a couple years to work out the kinks. Although I am excited for the torque boost from a diesel!
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They just need to add a version that comes with 35 inch tires, Hemi or the big D and keep making them more reliable... They look just fine to me now... Iconic... perfect what they have mechanically and this thing will sell for decades...

All for the 35's and the Hemi!!
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They just need to add a version that comes with 35 inch tires, Hemi or the big D and keep making them more reliable... They look just fine to me now... Iconic... perfect what they have mechanically and this thing will sell for decades...
wait... isn't the wrangler already an icon that's been selling for decades?
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:35 PM   #21
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I think that should/could boost sales as those people who were on the fence waiting to see what 2016 brought will be motivated to just go ahead and buy a 2014 lol.
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Makes sense really.

I know I've beaten this horse to death, but the out year CAFE standards, based on the vehicle's physical footprint are going to be a huge challenge for the JK while the JKU may get put in the larger footprint category with trucks.

They can handle the minor (tiny) fees per unit sold that don't meet CAFE and pass those on with annual price bumps like the luxury cars have been doing. (We're talking 55$ for every one MPG under the standard in the chart)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpor...r.2C_2011-2025

Going out to 2018 and looking to align the JK and JKU with the next ten years would give them time to count the money from the record sales and reset for the longer haul to 35 MPG combined on the window sticker by the early 2020s, unless we all have flying Jeeps by then (and we won't)
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The diesel would be a great option, but if it doesnt shed some weight, we won't see a huge bump in MPG. My guess is, that version they showed for sema being lighter weight, probably isn't far off from what needs to happen.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:11 AM   #24
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Maybe the 2018 date for the next generation may be possible. The current generation's demand is beyond production capacity. I know from a business perspective why would you take the risk until you see demand declining. Wrangler is the gem in the Chrysler lineup. If Wrangler bombs Chrysler takes a bit hit on the bottom line. Not good for a company thats wants to go public soon. Maybe with an eye towards the IPO they (Chrysler) doesn't want to rock the boat. You could have the next generation waiting in the wings when needed with perhaps an 18 month rollout. There is more technology that can be added to the current generation to squeeze out more mileage i.e. direct injection, going to an 8 or 9 speed ZF transmission, diesel, adding some composite pannels like the hood or some aluminum to reduce weight. Or maybe a mid-cycle refresh of this platform changing the nose a bit to reduce drag etc. Bottom line there is plenty of life left in this generation.
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JK to go until 2018

So much for that 2016 facelift eh? Looks like the current gen Wrangler will continue production until 2018: Chrysler to extend production of Avenger, Wrangler, Caravan | The Detroit News
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The new design may still be coming but the current will cease in 2018.
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So much for that 2016 facelift eh? Looks like the current gen Wrangler will continue production until 2018: Chrysler to extend production of Avenger, Wrangler, Caravan | The Detroit News

How do you improve upon perfection?

Besides that, the longer they run the current style, the better your JK holds its value.
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Fiat is trying to conserve cash in the face of economic pressure in Europe, and a planned purchase by Fiat of remaining Chrysler shares.
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Hmmmmm......what effect may this have on a diesel offering? Will it not be till 2018 or later?
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I think this is false. It's been noted that sometimes this information is sent to check news media for "leaks".

I don't see any way that they'll break the 10 year cycle. They were so adamant about it that they completely skipped the 1996 model year so they could call the TJ a 1997. The 10 year thing is as traditional as round headlights.

I still look for the 2017 Wrangler to be the next generation.

IFS? One piece top option? Diesel power? Probably...as they seek to appeal even more to the masses and take the Wrangler into high volume.

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