Some things never change and the Wrangler is one of them
The hottest topic of discussion right now for Jeep fans is without a doubt the next-generation Wrangler JL off-road SUV, and the automaker has just given them a lot to talk about.
That's because Jeep has released the first official photos of its all-new Wrangler. Shown in standard short-wheelbase version and as a long-wheelbase, four-door Unlimited model, the Wrangler retains its familiar shape and boxy body — you wouldn't have it any other way, would you?
The iconic Wrangler design cues remain, and they include the keystone-shaped grille, round headlamps and square taillights (both with LEDs), familiar proportions, detachable doors (rumored to be made of aluminum), and a fold-down windshield for off-road purists, among other things. Jeep also says the 2018 Wrangler will offer "dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations," with the short-wheelbase model in the photos showing how far one can go when it comes to having an open-air Wrangler.
While there's no official photo of the interior just yet, spy shots have revealed the new Wrangler will feature a familiar dashboard with a similar layout and minor changes dictated by ergonomics. It will also get the latest UConnect infotainment system.
Moving past the familiar looks, Jeep claims to have improved the Wrangler in all areas, with the short press release talking about "even more legendary Jeep 4×4 capability," advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, more safety features and advanced technology than ever before, as well as more open-air options.
Sadly, Jeep didn't provide further details on powertrains, but according to previous reports and a leaked owner's manual and user guide, the lineup would include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline unit, and a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel — depending on the market. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be on offer too, while a 4×4 system with low-range gearing will be standard. At launch, the Wrangler JL will only be available with the gasoline engine, at least in North America.
Expect full official details on November 29 when the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
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