The ’18 Jeep Wrangler—and, Yeah, Some Other New Vehicles
We’re starting to see the future of automobiles unfold—well, the very near future of 2018 and 2019 SUVS, at least. At long last, solid details about the ’18 Jeep Wrangler JL, as well as some interesting new offerings that unfortunately picked that vehicle to compete with for headlines. Here’s a look at what showed up at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show:
The ’18 JL is really why anyone cared about the 2017 LA Auto Show. Some quick highlights: a new 2.0L turbocharged fourcylinder, a new eight-speed auto transmission and new manual sixspeed, a new look inside and out, the next coming of Dana axles, better ground clearance, folddown windshield, and the promise of a 3.0L Ecodiesel in 2019. The full scoop can be found on fourwheeler.com, including info about the Selec-trac full-time two-speed T-case that you’ll definitely want to read more about: bit.ly/2kdynco.
The ’18 Svautobiography made its global debut, and the Special Vehicle Operations project is also known as the model that takes the top position in the Range Rover choices (as in having the “most” everything, including being the most spendy: $207,000-plus). Also appearing in the U.S. for the first time were the ’19 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport hybrids.
Subaru unearthed its biggest ’Bu yet, in the form of the ’19 Ascent. It’s a three-row SUV with a new 260hp turbocharged Boxer engine, a 5,000-pound max towing capacity, three rows of seating, and the usual all-wheel-drive system found in the rest of the family.
The Future Toyota Adventure Concept—known as FT-AC. Here’s the truth: The materials Toyota released on the vehicle spent a lot of time talking about “adventure” and “escape”…but the first item of technology actually mentioned had to do with the “bright LED headlights.” So...
The next-gen Cayenne finally got its passport stamped for showing up in the U.S.
There’s a new eight-speed automatic trans (plus a tweaked six-speed), and all versions of the 2019 model can be stuffed with seven passengers. Slight nips and tucks externally and slight changes to the interior are also of note.