Leaked 2018 Jeep Wrangler user guide gives details of off-roader's amenities

The user's guide for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler has been leaked before the start of production, showing some of the off-roader's modern goodies such as push-button start, a power sliding top, keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors and a backup camera.

The JL Wrangler is to start production next month on a new line at Fiat Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio. The leak reveals several new off-road amenities that will be included as well: automatic all-wheel drive with a five-position transfer case, new off-road pages for the Uconnect infotainment system and paddle shifters. It will also have built-in customizable auxiliary switches for aftermarket accessories.

The user guide includes photos of the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, but doesn't detail the engine's power rating. The JL Wrangler will come standard with its existing 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

FCA has yet to announce when and where it will reveal the redesigned Wrangler. It is due in U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of 2018. Production of the current JK Wrangler will continue through the first quarter of 2018 before its production line in Toledo is converted to produce a Wrangler-based pickup.

You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@crain.com -- Follow Larry P. on Twitter: @LarryVellequett

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