It’s the end of an era: the last Jeep Wrangler JK has rolled off the production line in Ohio.
There weren’t any tears at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo production complex when the last Wrangler JK came down the line. Instead, there were smiles and happy faces as those busy workers knew that just around the corner, the all-new Jeep pickup truck—that we all still assume is called the Scrambler even though we still haven’t received official confirmation from FCA—will begin production.
Over the course of the Wrangler JK’s lifespan, over 2.1 million vehicles were produced at the same Toledo plant. The Wrangler JK was produced since 2006 and for over a decade, it was the iconic vehicle Jeep produced. They may have sold more Cherokees, but the Wrangler has always been the face of Jeep.
That last Wangler KJ was a white Rubicon Unlimited version—the most expensive trim level available. The Rubicon Unlimited comes with same 3.6-L Pentastar V6 producing 285 hp that all Wrangler JK’s received, but came with an extra pair of doors and a lot of technical doodads that made the Jeep seem more luxurious while still retaining its rugged exterior.
Employees took smiling selfies with the Wrangler as it was being made and after it finally rolled off the assembly line.
“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.”
Now the Toledo plant will retool in preparation for the upcoming Jeep pickup truck. Production of the new Wrangler JL has moved to the north side of the plant to make room for the larger vehicle, which Fiat Chrysler expects to be a best-seller.
If it performs even half as well as the Wrangler JK, they’ll be right.