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American Expedition Vehicles Finally Revealed Its Next-Generation Wrangler Program

Jeep Wrangler AEV370 SEMA 2019

American Expedition Vehicles has finally revealed details on what’s sure to be its best-selling off-road model, the JL Jeep Wrangler, at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The JL Wrangler was on display next to the all-new Prospector XL and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison with its new high-clearance fender and tire package.

For the JL Jeep Wrangler SUV, the Montana/Michigan-based upfitter will start things off with the AEV350 package, with the AEV370 package slotted above that. The goblin green JL you see in the photos features the AEV370 package, which incorporates a 37-inch tire.

The AEV370 package will also include a front skid plate, non-winch cover plate, AEV 7000 Series LED off-road lights, 2.5-inch DualSport RT Suspension, geometry correction brackets for the suspension, BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires, a 4.56 gear ratio upgrade, special “Savegre II” wheels, a new rear bumper, rear spare tire carrier, and a third brake light.

The AEV350 package will feature much of the same, but with a 2-inch spacer lift, 35-inch tires, and forgoes the gear ratio upgrade.

Options for the AEV JL Jeep Wrangler will include: a snorkel, “Borah” wheels, AEV-branded differential covers, a Warn ZEON 10-S winch and hawse fairlead, a front license plate bracket, painted interior hardtop, AEV-branded dashboard, fuel caddy, and 4:10 gearing for both the JL Wrangler Sport and JL Wrangler Sahara models.

Pricing for these packages will be announced in the coming months. Many of these parts will also be available a la carte, which can be described as follows:

Up front, American Expedition Vehicles will offer two different stamped steel bumpers: a “Stubby” version and a “Full-Width” version. The stubby version retains the original equipment fog lights, offers winch compatibility, provisions for auxiliary lighting, as well as E-coating and powder coating for maximum corrosion resistance. Its availability will be Q1 2020. The full-width version offers all of this, while its modular design allows for various OE fender flare heights. Availability for this version begins in Q2 2020.

If you look closely you’ll also notice that AEV has two sets of wheels on this Jeep Wrangler. The more subtle of the two are a steel 17×8 inch wheel that AEV plans to fit on the Wrangler, Gladiator, Chevy Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma. Their estimated availability is late 2020.

Also featured in this new AEV JL Jeep Wrangler build is a double cross-link polyethylene snorkel that integrates directly into the Wrangler’s factory airbox. This, too, is available in two versions in order to accommodate various OE fender flare heights.

Finishing the look of this build is an injection molded hood bezel, with an ETA in early 2020.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

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