It’s no secret that Jeep is working on the new-generation of its most rugged and unstoppable Jeep Wrangler. The new iteration of this old-school, convertible SUV will debut sometime this year and will likely go on sale in 2018. Jeep will again offer the two-door and four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited plus the version with the pickup body style.
What will be new?
Despite it has been the matter of speculation for the long time the new generation Wrangler has still been surrounded with many questions. However, we know what direction the redesigned model will follow and recently caught prototype model of the Wrangler Unlimited also hinting some details about its styling.
On the other hand, the new Wrangler will get redesigned and expanded powertrain range plus the hybrid version should become the reality.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Old school design
Based on the spy shots of the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we can clearly conclude that the styling of the new generation won’t be revolutionary. We should not be experts to see that familiar boxy body and contours. The new generation of this model will also keep round headlights and familiar grille form but squared taillights will also be similar as on the current version. Further, the new Wrangler will feature similar door lines and exposed door hinges. However, what seems to have changed is the bumpers design and some details which can’t be detected by the eye.
In that context, the new Wrangler should change structurally. The model will have most of its parts made of high tensile steel but in order to lose some of its weight, some parts will be made of aluminum. The hood and doors should be aluminum based. However, the chassis and elements which should provide the go-anywhere capability will rely on the high-strength steel.
On the other hand, the Wrangler should also introduce some roof innovations. This model will likely get three-piece hard top which will allow two panels or all roof to be removed. But it is also possible that hard top with glass panels will be available.
About interior and features we still don’t know much. The new Wrangler will likely improve the quality of materials. It will also add modern tech and safety features but it won’t spoil its owners with the high-end luxuries.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Powertrains
While the styling of the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won’t change much, the new-generation of this model will make significant upgrades in the engine range. Actually, this model will be available with more than so far one engine option. However, Jeep will also go with the hybridization of this model. Boss Mike Manley confirmed that this Wrangler will get the hybrid version but hasn’t said what form and when.
On the other hand, the proved 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 will live for the next generation. The upgraded version will again power the base version of this model. However, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the code name Hurricane should also be available. What is also the possibility, is the 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6 engine. With this engine, Jeep would follow the diesel returning trend.
As far as powertrain goes, the new-gen Wrangler should also get a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The manual gearbox will also be available.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Production, Price
The new-gen 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and two door versions will enter into production by the end of this year. The production will be in Toledo, Ohio. The possible debut of this model is at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The price, on the other hand, should be around $30, 000 for the base Unlimited versions.