The Wrangler JK is ready. A white Rubicon Recon Unlimited Jeep Wrangler JK from the production line in Toledo, Ohio, was the last to be built, according to The Blade.
The white Rubicon was Wrangler JK number 2,165,678 in a 12-year record production that began in 2006 with the Jeep Wrangler model year 2007.
The Toledo Assembly Complex of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) builds the Jeep Wrangler JL of the new Generation in another part of the same location. The line, which was closed yesterday, will be rebuilt to build the long-awaited 2019 Jeep pickup truck. The conversion of the production line begins immediately, to begin later this year with the construction of the trucks.
The last Wrangler JKs and the first Wrangler JLs are both still available on dealer lots as model year 4
Note: The quickest way to tell the difference between generations is the front turn signals – the new Wrangler JL's horizontal headlights are located on the front fenders. Even as you get closer, all of the 2018 Wrangler JK models "WranglerJK" have printed on the sides, right in front of the front doors.
JK Assembly Center Manager James Gholston Jr. drove the last Jeep Wrangler JK model off the line Friday afternoon at 3:36 am, reported The Blade. FCA line workers posed for photos as they completed their respective tasks with the final JK and joined a crowd of applauding employees.
The Wrangler JK was an instant sales success. Jeep sold 79,017 of the previous generation 2006 Wrangler TJs in its generation last year. The TJ Wranglers spanned the model years 1997 to 2006. Jeep sold 119,000 JK in the first, a 50 percent increase. Jeep sold more than 180,000 units on average during the 12-year life of the Wrangler JK generation.
The success of the Wrangler JK was primarily attributed to the first four-door version, the Wrangler Unlimited. A longer wheelbase and two additional doors extended the Wrangler's capabilities. Jeep built both the two-door Wrangler and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited throughout the 12-year JK generation. The JK was more efficient and had more modern vehicle amenities than previous Wranglers, but the four doors did the trick.
"There was no competition, and when the four-door came, it opened to another population, another market," said Chuck Padden, plant manager of the Toledo Assembly Complex, to The Blade. "It not only became a great off-road vehicle, it also became a family vehicle."
The new Wrangler JL is also being sold in two-door and four-door versions, though "Unlimited" is no longer part of the official model name of the larger version.
Jeep Wranglers have a unique place in American automotive history. The commercial vehicle, first built in the 1940s for the US Army, has a lasting appeal that spans generations.
Now we wait for the first photos and specifications for the Jeep Wrangler Pickup 2019.