Goodbye, sweet prince.
The Jeep Wrangler is an icon of off-road capability. However, in 2006, when the automaker unveiled the four-door Wrangler to the masses, people cried foul. Fast-forward 12 years and the last Jeep Wrangler JK to roll off the line is a white 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited with those once blasphemous four doors. The truck rolled off the line at the company’s Toledo Supplier Park in Ohio.
Over its lifespan, Jeep produced more than 2.1 million JK Wranglers, with the production of the four-door surpassing the two-door version. The additional two doors opened the Wrangler up to a whole new market of consumers – families – taking the once niche off-road vehicle mainstream with few compromises.
“This workforce has been working practically non-stop for the past several years to fulfill the dreams of Jeep enthusiasts around the world who want to go where only a Wrangler can take them,” said Chuck Padden, Toledo Assembly Complex Manager. “We take great pride in the role we have played in the history of this vehicle and the impact it has made in the Toledo community. We look forward to bringing that same commitment to the all-new Jeep truck.”
Gallery: 2018 Jeep Wrangler: First Drive
But the Jeep Wrangler isn’t going anywhere. There’s already the new JL Jeep Wrangler. It looks nearly identical to the outgoing model, but it’s been improved in almost every way. There’s also an uptick in price for the entry-level Sport trim – from $23,995 to $23,995 – but for that price you get a six-speed manual transmission, Dana 30 and 35 solid front and rear axles, a transfer case, and 17-inch All Season Bridgestone tires. That’s all you need for some off-road fun. There’s also a host of improvements inside and under the hood, with the 3.6-liter V6 engine the new base offering with the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged mill available.
While the Jeep is ending production at the Toledo factory, it will soon be replaced. The plant will soon build the new Jeep Scrambler pickup truck. If the truck is anywhere near as successful as the JK-era Wrangler, the workers will stay plenty busy.
Gallery: Last JK-Era Jeep Wrangler
FCA US Toledo Supplier Park Builds Last Jeep Wrangler JK
April 27, 2018, Toledo, Ohio - After 12 years and more than 2.1 million vehicles produced, the last Jeep® Wrangler JK rolled off the line today at the FCA US Toledo Supplier Park, making room for the all-new Jeep truck, which will launch in the first half of 2019.
Toledo Assembly Complex employees marked the occasion by taking pictures with the white 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, which will become one of the Jeep brand’s show properties.
“This workforce has been working practically non-stop for the past several years to fulfill the dreams of Jeep enthusiasts around the world who want to go where only a Wrangler can take them,” said Chuck Padden, Toledo Assembly Complex Manager. “We take great pride in the role we have played in the history of this vehicle and the impact it has made in the Toledo community. We look forward to bringing that same commitment to the all-new Jeep truck.
Since production began in 2006, the iconic Jeep model has been built as part of an innovative supplier co-location concept where supplier partners build and manage key manufacturing process facilities completely within the plant “footprint.” FCA US will continue utilizing that same manufacturing system working with supplier partners to produce the new Jeep truck. Kuka and Hyundai Mobis will remain the suppliers for the body and chassis, respectively.
Manufacturing capacity for the new Jeep truck was created by moving production of the next generation Jeep Wrangler (JL) to the north side of the Toledo Assembly Complex as part of a $4.5 billion industrialization plan to realign the Company’s U.S. manufacturing base to expand the Jeep and Ram brands. The Company announced plans to build the new Jeep truck in Toledo in January 2017.