Our friends over at JL Wrangler Forums have the scoop (once again) on the all-new 2018 Wrangler.
Leaked images of the yet to be released Wrangler have surfaced on the forum and while grainy enough to do a UFO pic justice, they are apparently the real deal. JL Wrangler Forums took the next step and commissioned a set of Unlimited Rubicon renderings based on the leaked images – and we like the result a lot.
It’s clear from the leaked images that the Wrangler will retain its ability to shed roof, windscreen and door panels at the owners whim, a fact that will have many Jeepsters sleeping better in the run up to the Jeep Easter Festival in Moab.
Speaking of Moab…how’s that for timing eh! Leaked images turning up online a handful of days before the Jeep faithful decent on their Mecca.
In fact the pics and renderings confirm evolution, not revolution at least as far as the styling is concerned. The 2018 Wrangler is a tighter, taughter looking version of the current Wrangler, introducing hard edges and unique detail changes. It could be hard for non-enthusiasts to pic the difference from a distance.
While the styling is clearly Wrangler, we know that under the skin, the changes will be significant.
High-strength steel is expected to be used for the construction of the Wrangler’s body, with hinged panels (doors, bonnet and rear-door) being formed in aluminium to reduce weight.
There are big changes expected under the bonnet, with the new Wrangler tipped to debut FCA’s all-new 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo-charged, 220kW+ (potentially) Hurricane Turbo 4 petrol engine. Other drivetrain options are expected to include the Pentastar V6 petrol, a larger 3.0-litre diesel and a new 8-speed automatic gearbox to improve efficiency.
A hybrid version is believed to be in-development.
The all new Wrangler is due to be launched later this year, with a dual-cab ute version slated to follow around a year later.