At a glance: What we know about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Article by Christian A., on December 5, 2016

The much-anticipated debut of the new Wrangler will surely happen. As it approaches, we’ve gathered all the latest information released so far. Of course, most are expecting that the next generation Jeep Wrangler will be a better version of the current SUV. Well, we can tell you it won’t only be better as it will also be quite different.

Here’s the thing; the same Jeep, which has been the brand’s role model for the last ten years, will finally use a new code name. From what we heard, JK, the outgoing model’s internal product code will be changed to JL for 2018. In other words, there will be significant changes in its design. Even so, Wrangler’s classic body-on-frame will most likely remain intact given the new platform.

Renderings of the new Jeep Wrangler continue to surface as time passes by. Based on what we’ve seen, the engineers will try to incorporate some new approach. If we come to think of Ford’s new F-150, most of the body is now made of aluminium. In case Wrangler needs to consider cutting down on weight and fuel consumption, their engineers will likely use the same strategy.

Wrangler’s current 2-door SUV has the fuel efficiency rating of 17 mpg for the city and 21 mpg for highway driving. But still, we believe they could do better than this. In fact, they have to consider Ford F150’s successful use of aluminium bodyframe as it has proven to maintain its durability even on rough roads.

Alcoa, a well-known supplier for lightweight aluminium products apparently got some of their documents out in the open. The leaked information indicates the possibility of an all-aluminium body panel, hood and doors. Despite this, we’re hoping that majority of its design will take cues from the current Jeep model.

The best rendering so far comes from JLWranglerForums.com’s Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. In this photo, it’s quite obvious that they have kept the Wrangler’s boxy body with the usual side-opening tailgate and flip-up windows at the rear. However, slight changes are seen on the windshield design as well as on the grille.

Rumours suggest that a V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission is likely to come out in the new model. An x-shaped taillight is also possible along with the new daytime running lights in LED.

There seems to be no evidence of a 2-door Wrangler from the many leaked photos that came out recently. Still, it is too early to assume that Wrangler will only be offered in 4-door variants. The Jeep as we all know, is one of the best off-road SUVs in the US. Wrangler sells about 19,000 units each month. Whatever happens, we think the Jeep will have an impressive sales performance.

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