The Jeep Wrangler has not yet received many significant changes since the 2015 model year was released in the North American market, including in terms of its exterior design. This causes the Wrangler enthusiast to await the presence of the latest generation of the most iconic 4×4 off-road vehicles in America. The insider at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has leaked his company’s secret plan which reportedly will introduce the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler with some changes and redesign. Nevertheless, many Wrangler fans speculate that the upcoming Wrangler will not be much different than the outgoing model. This speculation is based on spy shot photos that have spread so far on the internet.
Apart from the spy shots pictures that appear on the internet, there are quite a lot of interesting rendering images that represent the Jeep Wrangler changes. One of them is created by JL Wrangler Forums, which is based on leaked photos and spy shots of the upcoming Wrangler. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is expected to utilize new bodywork with much better aerodynamics than the previous models. The new model also features LED lighting on its front bumper, but still retains its classic design. In addition, the rendering images also show that the latest Wrangler is equipped with some new features without fully-removable top.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Redesign
The prototype version of the four-door 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been repeatedly caught undergoing mule testing in southeast Michigan. Although this 4×4 off-road vehicle is neatly wrapped with camouflage in its mule test, Jeep still maintains its body-on-frame construction with most of the steel material used in the next-gen Jeep Wrangler. While the lightweight aluminum material will be used on the hood and its doors, and still continue to show its iconic boxy design. Some rumors also indicate that the upcoming Wrangler will still rely on a four-wheel drive configuration and solid front-rear axles.
The biggest news is that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will also introduce a pickup truck version of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler for the North American market. The new model will receive a redesign on the front and rear ends, as well as will still feature a seven-slot grille design flanked by rounded headlights and LED lighting on its front bumper. While the taillights will likely be similar to the 2017 Jeep Renegade and Ram full-size pickup truck.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Specs
Under its hood, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will reportedly be powered by a 3.0-liter Eco-Diesel V6 engine that can deliver at least 305 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque @ 4,175 rpm. The automaker offers this 3.0L V6 diesel engine with a four-wheel drive configuration that can be paired to a ZF eight-speed-automatic transmission. Although this is the same powertrain as used by the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 pickup, but this will be the main candidate to be used by the next-gen Wrangler.
The Eco-Diesel engine is rumored to receive some changes and revisions in order to improve fuel economy and its performance, especially for the 2018 Wrangler. Although many speculate that there will be no new powertrain option for the Wrangler lineup in the next five years, but the FCA is rumored to have set up a new four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine specifically for the upcoming Wrangler. There will also be a new hybrid powertrain that powered the most iconic 4×4 off-road vehicle in America.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Release Date and Price
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not yet issued an official announcement regarding its release date and pricing. However, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is expected to reach American dealerships later this year with a starting price of less than $30,000. The new Wrangler pickup truck variant will also be available in North America within a few months after the Wrangler JL model has been released to the market. The next-gen Wrangler is targeted to compete with some of its competitors in the compact SUV segment, including Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Frontier and Subaru Forester. The new model will go into the production line at the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, United States.