The 2018 Jeep Wrangler might be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January but that’s nearly three months away. In the meantime the first ‘taste of new Wrangler’ has been commissioned by the folks over at the JL Wrangler Forums and the rendered Wrangler is mouth watering.
The renderings were created with the intention of providing an accurate preview of the all-new Wrangler and as such encompass all of the “known facts” and “best-guesses” provided by spy photos, patent research and months of insider tips.
Real-life prototype photographs were the starting point and perhaps guarantee a high level of authenticity.
Major changes being guessed at include a new fixed-roof with removable sections, that replaces the current Wrangler’s removable roof and internal sports bar arrangement.
LED headlights – already a feature of the 2017 Wrangler – will be standard and we know that the indicators will be LED strips housed in the wheel arch flares per these renderings.
Aerodynamics will be improved as FCA seeks to improve fuel efficiency and that more than likely means more rake for the windscreen and a comprehensively revised grille and front-bumper arrangement.
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.
We believe the new Wrangler will retain it’s low-range transfer case and continue to be available with versions of it’s current Command Trac and Rock Trac (Rubicon) 4WD systems.
The Wrangler is set to stay ‘the course’ and retain it’s body on chassis construction and solid axle setup, ensuring it’s status as one of the last remaining, heavy-duty off-roaders.
With the recent demise of the Y61 Nissan Patrol and the Land Rover Defender, the new Wrangler joins an elite group of three ‘old-school’ heavy-duty 4X4s that includes the Toyota 70 Series LandCruiser and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
There are two all-new 4X4s arriving in our near futures that will refine or redefine their legendary nameplates – the 2019 Land Rover Defender and the all-new Wrangler.