Diesel-Powered Wrangler is Coming in 2019

It’s a great day to be an off-road enthusiast for those that enjoy off-roading in a Jeep! A Jeep Wrangler powered by a diesel-fueled engine is allegedly in the works. According to many prominent JL Wrangler forums, new order codes are popping up on dealership ordering systems as we near the new model year, and one of the codes (code 26) was confirmed to be the code for a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, including an engine start-stop system (ESS). The JL-generation Wrangler is currently offered in the U.S. with two different engine choices to choose from – the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine or the optional turbocharged four-pot 2.0-liter. Both of these engines are gasoline-powered, sometimes resulting in the disappointment of the consumers that seek a diesel-powered engine instead.

The Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trims will be the lucky recipients of the engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A diesel engine is currently available in the Wrangler across Europe – a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine to be exact. The U.S. version of the diesel engine is expected to churn a lot more than the European’s 200 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. In fact, industry experts believe this new engine might actually be close to the one on the diesel-powered Grand Cherokee, capable of generating 260 horsepower and a whopping 442 lb-ft of torque. With that much more torque to offer, the diesel-powered Wrangler will definitely be an option for serious off-roaders.

Besides code 26 there were two other new codes that JL Wrangler forums are speculating about – code 22 and code 25. Code 22 points to a two-door Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon trims that will possibly be paired with the same diesel-fueled engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, it appears that code 25 might confirm a long-expected mild-hybrid 3.6-liter V6 that’s been rumored to be in the works over at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for a while now. As is customary, FCA declined to comment on any ongoing projects, these newly-available codes included.

If these reports turn out to be true, then the Wrangler lineup will automatically double its drivetrain options, with one of those rumored options providing a whole lot more torque to amp up that off-roading power. As we enter the last quarter of 2018, automakers will slowly start unveiling their 2019 models, and any other possible future manufacturing plans. Plus, many of the upcoming car shows make for a grand stage where automakers like to make their big announcements, and it’s likely that a confirmation of a diesel-powered Wrangler is imminent.

With all this said, the last design overhaul of the Wrangler was completed in time for the 2018 model year, thus, it’s unlikely for there to be any major changes in terms of looks. As we wait for the big reveal, potential buyers should pass by Miami Lakes Jeep and check out the excellent features of our current 2018 JL Wrangler inventory.

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Which Jeep top is Right for you?

Jeep Wrangler vehicles are as authentic as their owners, and the many available Jeep tops add to their customizable allure. Whether it’s a soft top, a hardtop, or the latest and most advanced Sky One-Touch Power Top, there’s a Jeep top to suit every level of adventure and provide comfort and convenience depending on the buyer’s needs. We’ve simplified the benefits of each available top type along with some of the common downsides for readers to consider before making their choice.

Soft Top

Jeep soft tops offer plenty of versatility, ranging from full tops to half tops to bikini tops – and sometimes even a combination of several of these. Depending on the kind of adventures that Jeepers may be interested in, they’re free to configure their Jeep soft top however they wish – the side or back windows can be removed, as can the doors and the windshield for an additional thrill factor. The best thing to know about soft tops is that they tend to be relatively inexpensive when compared to their hardtop counterparts. In fact, consumers can actually buy several soft tops for the same amount it takes to purchase just one hardtop. A soft top makes being in tune with nature extremely easy with their ability to be adjusted in just a few minutes. For those adventure enthusiasts that crave exposure to the great outdoors, a soft top will feel like a natural choice.

On the other hand, a big downside to a soft top is the lack of durability. While a hardtop is designed to last the life of the vehicle, a soft top can only last so much – after all, it is a piece of heavily reinforced fabric that is continuously subjected to the elements. It’s likely that a soft top will sustain some damage and wear and tear rather quickly under South Florida’s beaming sun and constant summer rain storms. The removal of a soft top can also be a nuisance to some owners since soft tops need several steps for a complete removal. On the upside, soft tops can be stored easily unlike the hardtop. Lastly, a soft top offers little to no security when it comes to being a theft deterrent – the fabric can be cut open if any thief finds a valuable inside the Wrangler that they want to get their hands on.

Hardtop

A hardtop naturally provides the same type of protection that a regular cabin roof provides for drivers and passengers. The hardtop on a Wrangler comes equipped to protect riders from snow, rain, summer heat, winter cold, and toxic city fumes while also reducing the cabin noise. Designed to be much more durable than a soft top, a hardtop typically lasts the life of the vehicle unless some sort of freak accident (read: improper storage) happens. Adventure enthusiasts will also be happy with the additional cargo space that a hardtop provides – they can even opt for an aluminum half rack or rugged rack to transport gear like kayaks or bikes. Unlike soft tops, a hardtop acts as a good theft deterrent since they’re like a traditional car roof and are less likely to be broken into.

The downsides? A hardtop is a bit hectic to remove, mandatorily required to be removed by at least two people due to its weight and the fact that it slides off in one major piece after removing the initial front-cabin freedom panels. Somewhere to store the hardtop to avoid any damage is an absolute necessity, and riding around without a top that needs to stay behind (unlike the soft top that can be stored on the go) exposes the Wrangler and its passengers to the elements. If we know South Florida weather like we think we do, a likely scenario will have Jeepers finding themselves under a sudden rainstorm without a protective cover – risking damage to the upholstery, the interior electronics, and most importantly themselves.

Sky One-Touch Power Top

The Sky One-Touch Power Top is the latest innovation from Jeep, and it’s the crown jewel of all Jeep tops. Mixing the best of both worlds, the Sky One-Touch Power Top is half soft top and half hardtop. Consumers unwilling to go through the motions of removing their entire hardtop or those who struggle taking apart the soft top piece by piece will be happy to learn that this canvas top operates on a track system much like a convertible. Just like its name invokes, this top requires the touch of a single button to slide back on the track and stack accordion-style above the rear quarter windows – touching the button again will cause the top to slide towards the windshield where it’ll be secured by latches that create a watertight seal. Sensors on the track can detect if any objects or little fingers are in the way and they’ll automatically stop the motion until the path is clear.  

This top style is a very recent introduction and it’s just slowly begun making its way across Jeep dealer lots. Its limited availability – only available on the Sahara and Rubicon four-door trims as a matter of fact, and its additional cost of $3,995 are some of the limitations. It’s unclear if Jeep has any plans to offer this top on any of their other Wrangler trims.

Don’t just take our word for it, come by Miami Lakes Jeep and see these tops for yourself. Check out our 2018 Jeep Wrangler inventory and hit the road on a test drive.

If you’ve already got a Jeep then you’ll be happy to know that our service department is now open on Sundays as well for your convenience! Schedule your service appointment online today!

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Jeep Announces Their First-Ever Web Series Competition

The Jeep® brand is expanding their horizons as they dabble in online content production via their first-ever web series competition. As part of their brand appeal expansion, Jeep has selected former NBA veteran and sports analyst Jalen Rose as the host of the six-episode web series. Among the competitors are baseball legend and MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez, media personality and entrepreneur Maria Menounos, and Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang, co-founders of the restaurant media platform The Infatuation. Jeep Performance Parts coupled with the assistance of professional customizers will bring to fruition many unique 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles that showcase personal style – reflecting personalities and passions. Fans can catch the six-episode series at www.jeep.com/celebrity-customs.

The remaining five episodes will air on Sept. 11, Sept. 13, Sept. 18, Sept. 20, with the final installment on Sept. 27. A special event in Los Angeles is scheduled for September 27 – an event that will have all contestants present as the customization challenge winner is announced. While the Jeep brand will be responsible for choosing the recipient of the Wrangler Golden Grille Award, fans can vote on Jeep.com to award one of the non-winning vehicles a fan favorite award after the big reveal. This voting will begin on September 27 and go on through October 5.

Customization is not a new concept for the Jeep Wrangler as owners of the iconic vehicle have made it a tradition to reflect their individual personalities wherever the road takes them. The participants will work with famed customizers like West Coast Customs and DCD Customs throughout the series to achieve their vision. At stake are not only the bragging rights, but the ability to keep the winning customized Jeep Wrangler. Whatever the outcome, the winning Jeep Wrangler is sure to turn heads regardless of which celebrity is behind the wheel.

The Jeep brand was recently recognized as a 2018 “Cult Brand” Honoree at the annual “The Gathering of Society Cult Brands”. In total, eight brands and their leaders were honored for their unconventional approach to brand management and its cult-like status benefits. Jeep is the first and only auto brand to achieve this distinction.

Does the web series put you in the mood for a new car – a new Jeep Wrangler to be exact? With so many 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles in our inventory we are sure that you will find one to match your exact wants and needs.  And with so many options to choose from it’s hard not to feel like you’ve chosen your very own one-of-a-kind, semi-customized Wrangler.

If you already own a Jeep and are interested in any form of customization or in need of parts, please pass by Miami Lakes Jeep so that our service staff may help you. Our service department is now open on Sunday from 9am to 3pm for your convenience. Feel free to schedule an appointment online.  

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Introducing the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition

Jeep® just unveiled their first special-edition model of the redesigned 2018 Wrangler – the Moab Edition. This limited-edition Wrangler is based on the Sahara trim and offers substantial and exclusive improvements throughout the vehicle.

With a hood borrowed from the Wrangler Rubicon, the Moab Edition adds a large Moab decal on the side of the hood, along with steel front and rear bumpers with removable end caps, and LED headlights and taillights. Low-gloss black paint on the headlight surrounds, grille openings, tow hooks, and 17-inch Rubicon wheels make for a menacing and rugged Wrangler look. The Wrangler Moab comes standard with a body-colored hardtop, with the dual color hardtop and the Sky One-Touch Power Top both available as an optional upgrade.

It’s no surprise that the Wrangler Moab is sprinkled with rugged upgrades, after all, its name alone pays homage to Moab, Utah – the host city of Jeep’s annual Easter Jeep Safari event. A set of 32-inch mud-terrain tires will have drivers ready to take off on the trail at any minute, while a full-time two-speed transfer case and a limited-slip rear differential will bring the right amount of power and control for off-roading. Borrowing from the Rubicon once again, a set of rock rails protect the Wrangler Moab’s rocker panels in case things get rocky when off-roading. If a potential buyer doesn’t feel that they’ll need the rock rails they can choose to swap them out for the side steps from the Sahara at no extra cost.

The rugged exterior shouldn’t fool consumers into thinking that this Wrangler has no luxury. Nothing could be further from the truth as the Wrangler Moab has leather-trimmed seats and a leather-wrapped dashboard with contrast stitching. An 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system comes standard with navigation, while audiophiles will be happy to enjoy the nine-speaker Alpine premium sound system as well. Jeep knows the importance of maintaining a tidy interior despite the Wrangler Moab being made for adventure and they throw in all-weather slush mats to keep the vehicle relatively clean. Adding to the comfort level is an available Cold Weather Package, complete with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a remote start system that will make the Wrangler Moab nice and toasty on cold days.

The latest safety technology like blind spot monitoring, rearview camera, park assist with automatic reverse braking, and rear cross-path detection all come as standard equipment on this limited-edition Wrangler. For an additional cost, consumers can add a trailer towing package and a cargo management system. According to a leaked order guide from AutoBlog, this edition is only available in the four-door Unlimited Wrangler, with a starting MSRP of $52,695 (including the destination fee)* and is already rolling out to dealers.

Potential buyers may want to initially make a run for it when seeing that price point, but the standard features included in the Wrangler Moab would typically add up to $8,000 in optional upgrades on the Sahara – the trim this limited-edition Wrangler is based on. In the case of the Wrangler Moab, it is undeniable that Jeep did an excellent job combining toughness and comfort to craft a one-of-a-kind vehicle.

If you’re currently in the market for a new Jeep, then think no further than Miami Lakes Jeep. Whether you’re looking for a Jeep that will carry you through your next adventure or in the market for something a bit more luxurious, be sure to check out our 2018 Jeep Wrangler inventory and our 2018 Jeep Compass inventory.

*Price is subject to change before release.
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