Jeep offers two models of the Jeep Wrangler now, the Jeep Wrangler JK and the Jeep Wrangler JL. But what’s the difference between the two and why are there two in the first place? The JL is a redesigned and modernized version of the classic JK model that has become an icon of the Jeep lineup. Go Auto Mississauga Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is your Jeep Mississauga dealer for the Wrangler JK and JL, so read on and learn more about these two similar but different SUVs.
You’ll notice the design differences between the Jeep Wrangler JK and JL right off the bat. A fresh exterior has been crafted on the JL, most noticeably with its redesigned grille, a seven-slot style that lends a throwback to wartime Jeeps. The headlights have been rounded and made more uniform with the vehicle to blend in with its seamless design. Inside the vehicle, you’ll see a difference in refinement, the JL’s interior has been refreshed to look even more premium than before. The technology is much improved with the Uconnect infotainment systems compared to only the Radio 430 and 430N systems in the JK. The design is the biggest difference between the two, from inside and out!
The engine options only offer minimal differences, mainly the upgraded option available on the JL model. Both Wranglers have the 3.6 Pentastar™ VVT V6 engine, powering 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque out of the SUV. This option is available on both the JK and JL, but the JL gives you a more advanced choice with the 2.0L DOHC 1.4 DI Turbo engine. This direct injection engine has eTorque and gives you added torque on its stats of 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed transmission is connected through the engine, for seamless shifting on your Wrangler. The powertrain options give the Wrangler both a mix of power and efficiency, especially with the JL’s hybrid system qualities.
The JK and JL both offer the capability you’d expect in the city and off-road, but in their own ways. The JK is more geared towards those who want the look and feel of a Wrangler, but not necessarily the height of capability, while the JL ups the ante on off-road utility. Its redesigned body is lightweight with a mix of aluminum and steel for more nimble maneuvering. The JL has exceptional ground clearance and a high crawl ratio, with 10.9 inches and 2.72:1, respectively. The Command-Trac® and Rock-Trac® systems allow for high level 4×4 off-road utility. Both Wranglers are supremely capable, but the JL adds a few more points of utility to advance the Wrangler as an off-road choice.