The ’18 Jeep Wran­gler—and, Yeah, Some Other New Ve­hi­cles

Four Wheeler - - Rpm -

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:

->Jeep Wran­gler

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, in­clud­ing info about the Selec-trac full-time two-speed T-case that you’ll def­i­nitely want to read more about:

->Range Rover

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.

|>Kia Sorento

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.

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