Wrangler JL vs. Wrangler JK: How Does the New Generation Compare to Its Predecessor

Jeep had some exciting news to share this year, unveiling the first complete redesign for its renowned Wrangler model in ten years. The newest generation of Jeep's off-road wizard has some distinct differences from its predecessor, and we're here to set it straight.

But first, let's take some time to acknowledge the naming conventions. Jeep uses a dual-letter system to denote different generations within model names. The JK refers to the Wrangler generation produces from the mid-2000s until now. JL refers to the newest generation that starts with the 2019 model year. However, naming isn't the only difference between the two.

Powertrain: Both models come with the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. However, the new JL model offers an additional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as an option.

Exterior: Although both draw inspiration from Jeep models of old, the new JK comes with a retooled exterior look. Its seven-slot grille offers a more squared-off look than the JL. The headlamps, front bumper, taillamps, and more have also been reworked.

Interior: The 2019 Wrangler JL has a completely redesigned interior from the previous generation. Updated styling and technology bring the Wrangler JL into the modern automotive landscape. Plus, available colored trim pieces give it some youthful flair.

These are just a few prominent changes among the many to explore in the new Wrangler JL. Both the 2019 Wrangler JL and the Wrangler JK are available at Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Farmington Hills. Come drive them for yourself to explore the differences.

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