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Official Jeep Wrangler JL Australian launch pushed back to Q1 2019International demand has delayed the Australian launch of the all-new JL Wrangler back to Q1 2019, after initial expectations of a December 2018 debut.

The international launch of the new 2019 Wrangler in the USA this week, FCA Australia and Jeep Asia Pacific boss Steve Zanlunghi explained that the Wrangler's sales success in the USA has meant right-hand drive models and markets like Japan and Australia will have to wait longer than expected. This is further disappointment for Australia's as testing of the Wrangler was concluded on Australian roads in early 2018.

This means we'll be at least 12 months behind the US, and more than a year after the JL Wrangler made its public debut at the LA motor show last November.

It should be worth the wait though, with the first all-new model since 2007 promising more off-road ability, safety, fuel efficiency, power, tech, and refinement than ever, while also reducing weight.

International demand has delayed the Australian launch of the all-new JL Wrangler back to Q1 2019, after initial expectations of a December 2018 debut.

Speaking with CarsGuide at the international launch of the new Wrangler in the USA this week, FCA Australia and Jeep Asia Pacific boss Steve Zanlunghi explained that the Wrangler's sales success in the USA has meant right-hand drive markets like Japan and Australia will have to wait longer than expected.

This means we'll be at least 12 months behind the US, and more than a year after the JL Wrangler made its public debut at the LA motor show last November.

It should be worth the wait though, with the first all-new model since 2007 promising more off-road ability, safety, fuel efficiency, power, tech, and refinement than ever, while also reducing weight.

The Wrangler is set to include AEB on all variants, which means a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating is a possibility. The Wrangler is set to include AEB on all variants, which means a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating is a possibility.

All of these advancements have been made without compromising the Wrangler's core ruggedness, with a solid axle front end and fold-down windscreen remaining on the features list after 77 years of evolution since the first Willys Jeep.

This safety is set to include AEB on all variants, which means a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating is a possibility.

Australian drivetrain details are yet to be finalised, but we expect to see a revised version of the existing 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine and a new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel to replace the existing 2.8-litre unit. US versions also feature a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four and a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel.

We will continue to get both short-wheelbase two-door and long-wheelbase four-door Unlimited versions, with a variety of trim levels including the most off-road focused Rubicon at the top of the range.

We're also set to score the new Scrambler ute version, but its timing is still up in the air given we're still awaiting its reveal.

One upside of the delayed launch is having the vehicles on the roads in the USA, real world issues and recalls can be addressed prior to the Australian launch.

How do you feel about the Jeep Wrangler JL Australian launch being pushed back to Q1 in 2019?

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The 2.2 Diesel has just gone on Sale in the uk at 48700! Having driven the JL on and off road with the 2.2 feel it's underpowered with anything more than 2 people riding in the Jeep! 3.0 V6 would be awesome and far more suited!
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Did you test drive a JL in the UK?

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