Jeep Wrangler replacement delayed, current model to stick around until 2018 - report

Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition 29.6.2012
Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition 29.6.2012

Other models also facing long delays

According to a recent report, Chrysler has delayed a handful of models by a couple of years.

The Detroit News says the Dodge Avenger will stay in production, in its current form, until the end of 2015. Likewise, the Jeep Wrangler is expected to be built until mid-2018 but it should see a facelift to hide its age. The paper also says the Dodge Grand Caravan will stick around until late 2017 and then, possibly, be discontinued altogether.

Industry sources have also indicated the Dodge Challenger replacement has been delayed, but there's no word on when it could be introduced.

Chrysler declined to confirm the report but speculation suggests the company wants to focus on launching new high-volume models like the 2015 Chrysler 200. The single minded-focus might sound bizarre but Chrysler wants to get everything right as a handful of recent launches - like the Dodge Dart - haven't gone as well as expected.

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zayak9 zayak9
Add the diesel engine! Add some HID lights! Correct the afflicted angle of the rear seat in the Unlimited ~ geeze there's a no brainer. Make all of the parts (full doors/ half doors/ hard top/ soft top etc.) as a money saving package. Put a real set of brakes on the axles. Bring back the "lifetime powertrain warranty" and make it better for free. Don't wait until no one is buying your product because it is a pile of crap. Stop with trying to make a vehicle to fit in EVERY aspect of the automotive market. Exercise some logic and common sense!!
Aug 12th, 2013 12:01am
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Bozzor Bozzor
This is a great car if you have a large outback, rural property that has some really crazy terrain and you have to negotiate it at crawling speed: the Wrangler will conquer where others fear to tread. But when you take it on the road, you realise that this is a car from a another age: the V6 is good, but the steering seems to belong in another dimension, the turning circle makes an aircraft carrier seem nimble and the suspension is...well, weird. On some pretty average roads it was OK, but on a road that had only a few bumps but was otherwise smooth, it seemed not to like it one bit - floating all over the place. It's a vehicle you will either love because it does what you need (an outback tank) better than anything...or hate it because you simply bought it for the image.
Jul 26th, 2013 4:09pm
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JEEPhead JEEPhead
Just stick a diesel motor in the Wrangler and I'll be a happy camper
Jul 25th, 2013 8:50pm
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oziseb oziseb
the 2.8L VM Motori 4cyl diesel isn't worth waiting for! We have had here in Australia for years and is a breathless, underpowered and noisy piece of work. The 3L V6 is another story though! Put one of those in a Wrangler and you would have an awesome machine!
Jul 26th, 2013 5:04am
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hajime1990 hajime1990
agreed with oziseb. dont expect too much from those diesels. they re just good for europeans.
Jul 26th, 2013 4:08pm
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JEEPhead JEEPhead
I'm aware of the VM's shortcomings, I'd rather walk than drive a JK with the 2.8. I was hoping for the V6 diesel now being sold in the Grand Cherokee
Jul 30th, 2013 3:21am
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