Jeep CEO Micahel Manley gave us a status update on the 2018 JL Wrangler and the Jeep Pickup Truck, telling us we’re “on schedule and on track” for their release! Originally reported on by our friends over at JLWranglerForums.com, the head boss at Jeep gave enthusiasts a status update on the next generation Wrangler and the all new Jeep Pickup Truck.
2018 JL Jeep Wrangler Production
In a recent interview, Michael Manley told reporters that the new Wrangler will be introduced in the first half of 2017, as production is “on schedule and on track.” Manley was also quoted talking about some of the design changes to the upcoming Wrangler, stating:
“To be honest with you, I’m delighted in the way it’s turning out, not just from a styling point of view, but from an overall point of what Wrangler stands for, I’m very pleased. We’ve made a large number of changes in terms of fuel economy, both enablers in terms of weight, with the aero[dynamics] of Wrangler, because at the end of the day, it needs to be recognized as Wrangler. With weight [reductions] and a number of changes that we’ve made, you’re going to see that we’ve really pushed the vehicle forward in terms of fuel economy,”
It’s been no secret that Jeep has been focusing heavily on creating a lighter, more fuel efficient Wrangler. The only question that remains is how much the fuel economy has changed from the outgoing JK to the next-gen JL.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck
Michael Manley also gave us an update on the production and current standing of the new Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck saying that the pickup will be released in “early 2018” following the release of the new Wrangler. Manley also went on to say, “Anything Jeep does have to have an inherent level of capability… that drives some extent both the positioning of the vehicle and the cost of the vehicle. I have no desire today to do a stripped-down Jeep pickup.”
Things sound promising for the future of off-road enthusiasts. What are your thoughts? Comment below and let us know how excited or not you are for the new JL Wrangler and Jeep Pickup Truck.