One of the 2016 changes that have been HINTED at here, and elsewhere, is the change in the shifter
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While there has been much debate and discussion and a few teases...there really isn't much hard fact; and no photos. (Sigh)
Ive seen the patent schematics, I've read the threads here and in other forums that suggest it will probably look like the shifter in (insert other FCA Product name here). But just my hunch is that it will (might/could) be the dial-a-gear set-up similar to that of the Cherokee and the Chrysler 200. It works, and its already in the parts inventory and supplier-stream.
Personally, I think that I would like "Gear-Roulette" approach of spin the wheel and hope the get the gear you want, vs the "Slot-Machine" shifter of pulling the handle and hoping to get the gear you want. Of course, I've never tried either...so both are pure BS from me at this point.
Heck, I wouldn't even mind a good old fashioned mechanical clunk-and-go shifter like I have in my JKU. At least you know what you have, with that. I wouldn't even object to a column-shifter....talk about old-school.
While we are talking about old-school, nostalgia, I learned to drive with "three on the tree" and if a 10 yr old with the attention-span of a Gnat with ADHD can figure that out, I imagine most folks can handle whatever shifter FCA throws at us.
My first car was a very well worn (experienced) 65 Plymouth Belvadere with a push-button shifter on the dash-board. That worked fine.
But...as we are all prone to fantasy....mine if for a dial-a-gear shifter, Electronic e-brake, and while I am at it, I'll just go ahead and wish for an entire center-column fashioned similar to the CURRENT Chrysler 200. Yeah, I just said that. Have you seen the center of the 200? Now THAT is useful and well thought out. There are likely better lay-outs but the 200 is already in the warehouse and ready to go to work.
Of course, my other eagerly anticipated treat in 2016 is the promise of CarPlay. But, as with ANY promise, I'll believe it if/when I see it.
Kinda says good things about the Jeep and the JGC reputation that the manufacturer is so confident in the product and in the consumer that they are willing to bet millions that they can sell the vehicle on pure speculation without even telling the consumer what they will get....order-banks open before any inventory or even before any marketing MATERIAL. Wow, that's ballsy.
At the same time, it could be said that it also shows how much they take our loyalty for granted. Almost like they are saying: "They will buy whatever we give them...whenever we give it to them."
Of course...I understand that they don't have any obligation to tell us anything. And I fully agree that I would rather they wait and give us solid information than announce something and then retract it.
So.....I watch...and I wait.
Right along with everyone else.