You might’ve seen that there are two models of the Jeep Wrangler now, the JK and JL, but what separates them even when they seemingly look largely the same? There’s some subtle differences and big changes, ones that will serve your needs in different ways. We at Southtown Chrysler, your local south Jeep Edmonton dealer, have taken the time to outline some of the major separation points between these two off-roading machines.
The Jeep Wrangler JK engine is the same as it ever was, a 3.6 Pentastar VVT V6, which provides the vehicle 285 horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque. The JL, on the other hand, has the option of that same engine, along with a brand-new choice, the 2.0L DOHC 1.4 DI Turbo (with eTorque), a direct injection turbocharged type that provides 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission is also connected through this engine, for power and stability in the city and country. With this new engine’s hybrid technology, the JL is as efficient as it is capable with an engine stop/start feature (just like the 3.6L Pentastar), battery charging, regenerative brakes, electric power assist and more to keep your entire vehicle efficient.
You’ll notice a host of differences inside the JK and JL, most notably in the communications technology. While the JK only has Radio 430 and Radio 430N entertainment systems with basic GPS and satellite radio abilities, the JL has advanced Uconnect 4 systems, with as big as a 8.4 touchscreen and Bluetooth as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The steering wheel on the JL has been updated and offers heated capabilities. To make your off-roading life that much easier, the JL has built-in switches to easily connect any add-ons, while the JK doesn’t have the same abilities. Overall, the interior of the JL is not only more connected and capable, but it also has a more advanced and premium finish.
The Jeep Wrangler JK and JL might not look that different at first glance, but there’s been some subtle changes made to help differentiate them. The updated JL has a modified grille design with small design tweaks with the headlights indenting into the front slots. This grille took its inspiration from the old wartime Willys. Made from both a lightweight and heavy duty steel and aluminum mix, the JL is about 200 lbs lighter than the JK, for better handling and capability off-road with its slightly redesigned frame. There are several new options for the top of your JL, with the ability to finally go topless, as well as a convenient, better-than-ever soft top option.
Visit us just west of Sherwood Park, at Southtown Chrysler, and browse our Jeep inventory of both JK and JL SUVs. Don’t hesitate to contact us about any outstanding questions you may have about these two classic models.