An anonymous source – so we might want to take it with a grain of salt – has revealed for a Wrangler forum the new generation model, JL, is set to appear for the first time at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The American event is starting December 1, so if the report is legitimate we might be seeing some weeks ahead an online reveal of the highly-anticipated off-road icon. And the same source gives fans another reason to rejoice – apparently dealers will already have the model on display starting mid-late December. The powertrain options at launch should include an updated version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 linked to manual or automatic transmission. The latter will be bundled exclusively with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter – and a diesel should appear as a 2019 model year for those looking for off-roading prowess.
The new source of information also has some bad news – the two-door Sahara will be axed. In return the company is introducing a power sliding hard top (PSHT) after the initial introduction. Jeep officials apparently also hinted the Unlimited will come with a longer wheelbase than today, while a majority of aftermarket parts sold for the outgoing Wrangler (JK) will remain compatible. Frugal start/stop technology is also confirmed, along with 33-inch tires for the Rubicon that also gets a redesigned transfer case handle.