The next Wrangler, due in 2018, won't be hampered by limited supply like today's model; hybrid version is in the pipeline, too
Julian Rendell
20 September 2017

Good news for British fans of the Jeep Wrangler: the new model, due in 2018, will be built in sufficient volume for plentiful supply to UK dealers.

Seen here testing in rugged, two-door Rubicon form, the updated Wrangler will also be produced globally in larger numbers, with the UK one of the main markets to benefit.

“I have lifted the free demand on the Wrangler – the volume of cars that we can supply when a distributor asks for them,” Jeep CEO Michael Manley said earlier this year.

Currently, UK volume of the Wrangler is limited to around 2000 units, which has prompted many disappointed customers to complain to Manley. “I get a lot of letters from the UK asking about the Wrangler,” he said.

The new ‘JL’ Wrangler will arrive in the UK market at least a year ahead of the new Land Rover Defender.

Jeep is boosting output to 350,000 units a year - an increase of about 50% - at its Toledo factory with a $700 million investment.

Part of the growth is because of a new crew-cab pick-up version of the Wrangler, which, Manley confirmed, will be available in the UK. “The crew-cab could be a much bigger success than we think and I’ve protected for that in our production plans,” he said.

Jeep UK has seen the crew-cab Wrangler and discussed potential sales volume with the factory.

The brand will also introduce hybrid versions of many of its models but is avoiding pure-electric variants. “A full battery-electric-vehicle Wrangler is not relevant. We can’t strand one of our vehicles on a remote mountain side,” Manley said.

The first hybrid Jeep is set to be a version of the new Wrangler, with electric and battery componentry most likely hooked up to a new four-cylinder soft-turbo petrol engine.

But Manley also reiterated that diesel power remains “absolutely necessary” for Europe, although he cautioned that small diesels were on the verge of becoming too expensive to manufacture due to the high cost of exhaust after-treatment needed to comply with legal requirements.

There is also a possibility that Jeep will add two large SUVs to the top of its range. One of them, the Grand Wagoneer (GW), has been in Jeep’s future product plan since 2014 but is now pushed back to 2019.

Manley refused to rule out a Wagoneer version between the Grand Cherokee and the GW. “I just don’t want to comment on that,” he said.

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8 March 2017
I'm a lot more convinced by Jeep's plans than I am by JLR's proposed new Defender.

20 September 2017

Yup, Jeep staying true to its roots. New Defender will be a butch pastische of the original.

8 March 2017
Jeep. Appalling build quality,cheap interiors,unreliable nine speed auto ,endless recalls in the States owned by that pristine company FCA.You would have to pay me to own a Jeep even then I would not take one.
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20 September 2017

since when has Jeep nine speed auto garbox been unrelaible, its the same  ZF 9 speed gearbox that BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Iveco fit world wide. and as for reliblitiy, its much better than Land Rover / Range Rover's. and vefore you ask, we run both.

20 September 2017
ivecoboy wrote:

since when has Jeep nine speed auto garbox been unrelaible, its the same  ZF 9 speed gearbox that BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Iveco fit world wide. and as for reliblitiy, its much better than Land Rover / Range Rover's. and vefore you ask, we run both.

BMW, Jaguar, LR and Iveco don't use the nine speeder, they use the completely different eight speed. The nine speed has acquired a reputation, especially in Jeep spec, for poor and erratic changes and there have been numerous software and hardware changes. Honda use it in some models and they've had issues with it as well.

20 September 2017

Crazy price so it's understandable it's limited. That and it's in quite a unique sector are it's main selling points.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

20 September 2017

Having had a Wrangler for the last 4 years, i cant imagine not having one. Sure they are compromised, and there probably isnt a rational reason for having one, but i love it. I just wish we got the manual box, which get in the rest of the world

20 September 2017

Too expensive.  What is it in dollars, in the US?  About £20k equivalent, I'll bet!

20 September 2017

Beats me why anyone buys a Wrangler, especially as most never face anything more demanding than a steep filling station entrance.

Citroëniste.

20 September 2017
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

Beats me why anyone buys a Wrangler, especially as most never face anything more demanding than a steep filling station entrance.

That's a bit like wondering why anyone would by a Porsche when the national speed limit is 70mph.

People go to work. People earn some money. People get to spend it on whatever they like.

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