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New spy photographs of the interior of the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler show that while the off-roader's exterior looks won't change much, it's destined to receive a major upgrade when it comes to the cabin.

The shots confirm that the next-generation Wrangler -- known internally by the "JL" body code -- will receive the latest version of Fiat Chrysler's 8.4-inch touch screen Uconnect infotainment system.

Photographers were able to capture images from the right side of the cabin, so the Wrangler's instrument cluster isn't completely visible. However, the center stack and infotainment system were caught completely undisguised.

Among the details clearly visible or discernable from the photographs:

• Wrangler will keep its center-mount window controls, indicating that the off-roader will maintain its ability to fully remove its doors.

• Heated seats and steering wheel will be options, as will dual-zone climate control.

• Four auxiliary control buttons have been integrated into the center stack, allowing easier installation and integration of aftermarket equipment such as exterior light bars or winches.

• The Wrangler will maintain its optional manual transmission, augmenting the move with the redesign to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

• The instrument panel abandons the previous soft-surface styling in favor of color accented vertical metal panels, at least on some trims.

• Wrangler will receive a new 7-inch screen incorporated into the instrument cluster.

The JL Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited are scheduled to go into production in November on an assembly line currently being retooled on the north side of FCA's Toledo Assembly Complex. That assembly line previously built the Jeep Cherokee, which has been moved to Belvidere, Ill.

The interior upgrades on the JL Wrangler are also expected to be carried over into the Wrangler-based pickup when it enters production in 2019.

DALLAS -- The twin turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine in the second generation of Ford's over-the-top off-road performance truck, the F-150 Raptor, generates 450 horsepower and 510 pounds-feet of torque, Ford said today at the State Fair of Texas.

Those outputs make it the most powerful V6 engine available in a pickup.

Ford also says the new Raptor, which has an aluminum body riding on a new and stiffer frame, is EPA-rated at 15 mpg city, 18 highway and 16 combined -- a 23 percent improvement of the 2014, V-8 powered model.

There was no Raptor offered in the 2015 and 2016 model years as Ford retooled and launched the new generation of the F-150, on which the Raptor is based.

The Raptor is the first Ford product to use a new 10-speed automatic transmission, jointly developed with General Motors.

GM is using a version of the 10-speed transmission in its Camaro ZL1, track ready sports coupe.

Raptor goes on sale in December with a starting price of $49,520 including shipping.

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