This 2018 Jeep Wrangler would be the next in line for one of the most famous SUVs out there. I said “would be” because we have just received a report that Fiat Chrysler failed to decide on a release date for this vehicle. The 2018 model was initially scheduled for the end of the next year.
Jeep Wrangler is now in its third generation. It has been developed since 1986 and it has been a different kind of SUV since the beginning. That is because of its design parameters. It has a separate body and frame, rigid solid axles – both front and rear, foldable windshield and a signature “no doors” driving. The suspension, engine, and some interior cues were borrowed from the “Cherokee”.
What’s So Interesting?
The initial thought, right after the first glance on the vehicle (even the latest version) is the World War 2. Just look at the grille and the headlights. Just paint the car in olive green and put a white star on the hood, and there you have the WW2 Jeep. Ask anyone what is a Jeep, from any part of the world, and he (or she) is going to describe the Wrangler.
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Much Ado About Nothing
A couple of Spy Shots appeared on the Internet sometime in May. Those photographs had a brand new Jeep Wrangler which immediately sparked some stories and rumors. The prediction was that we will get the new version of this “next generation” Jeep Wrangler in the middle of next year.
All the previous rumors were made by some people who saw something that appeared to be the “skin” of the Jeep Wrangler. It was always something unconventional, and that was the first time we had an opportunity to see the all-new design for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
The entire body was covered by the cloth and you could only see the contours revealed by the mild breeze. And that was none other than 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Exterior Design
It was impossible to see if the Fiat-Chrysler managed to implement the aluminum in the construction of the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Exterior. That was the idea since they need to reduce the fuel consumption any way they could. The Same thing is for the foldable windshield. The unusual camouflage was too good for us to determine any special detail except the shape.
In spite the lack of info, we are very optimistic about the solid front and rear axles, body on frame construction and a four wheel drive. The weight reduction is that another problem, and the company could have faked the entire rear part of the vehicle to conceal the Wrangler’s pickup version.
Some of the signature details like round headlights and a seven-slot grille are certainly going to get some minor modifications. Those modifications like LED headlight, LED light bars on the leading edge of the front fender and X design taillights are going to resemble the design of a “Renegade”. We are also hoping for the two door version and four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Version.
Some “Technical” Details
Don’t expect anyone to make the Jeep Wrangler some aerodynamic masterpiece. I will always remain the same design with some big modifications in the strength of the materials. Of course, removable doors will be… first removed option (except in some cases when buyers insist on that detail).
Designers will probably slightly bend the grill at the top and remove the foldable windshield. Engineers could replace the safety bar with some stronger beams or tubes and reduce the additional lower body reinforcement. The fixed (normal) roof version could also be available.
One of the sources even claimed that we won’t be able to see a soft top and the sports bar anymore. Furthermore, the taillight, bumpers, and the tailgate constructions will also change. Everything to make this SUV as light as possible.
LA Auto Show Rumors
During the LA Auto Show, the Jeep CEO reflected on some of the rumors. In his statement, he said that we will be able to see the new Jeep Trackhawk during the New York International Auto Show next April and that we will have the honor to check out the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. We will, but not in early 2017, as we first thought but somewhere near the end of 2017. It will practically go from 2018 Jeep Wrangler to the model for 2019. On the top of all, the CEO confirmed the release of the Pickup version, but for the middle of 2018.
What Are The Rumors For 2018 Jeep Wrangler Engine
Except the new styling on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, we are expecting some changes in the engine line up. It will supposedly have 3 options:
- 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine with 300hp. It’s dubbed Hurricane. It will have a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve timing.
- 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine with 285 hp
- 3.0 liter V6 EcoDiesel engine
That kind of power, combined with a six-speed manual or the eight-speed auto transmission and the super light aluminum construction should produce some really good EPA ratings.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Interior
There is no much to say about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler interior design except that one patent of the new back window. Not many people would like to keep the rear window open while driving through the mud and rain. But there are some, and they are now going to have a different design to rely on. The prototype design is a rear window which could be folded and attached to the roof surface. That’s the only way it wouldn’t stay in the way of the back tire and that it could be in a secure position.
Upper trim levels will have some advanced features like the remote start, leather seats, power mirrors, power windows and power door locks. Leather wrapped steering wheel in the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will come with the trim, together with all the controls on the steering wheel and possibly the silver trim. Infotainment could be upgraded with some large touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard.
Heated leather seats, automatic climate control, USB ports, hidden compartments and a 60/40 split folding rear seats, will offer the greatest comfort you can get, no matter what are the climate conditions on the outside.