Jeep takes wraps off new Wran­gler

First im­ages shown at SEMA More tech, step up in qual­ity

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ALONG­SIDE the mad, mod­i­fied mod­els at the SEMA trade show in Las Ve­gas (Page 12), Jeep showed the first im­ages of its all-new Wran­gler for 2018. The rugged 4x4 will be of­fi­cially launched at the LA Mo­tor Show in De­cem­ber, but the first de­tails are slowly trick­ling out.

The new Wran­gler’s styling is best de­scribed as evo­lu­tion­ary, and the retro pro­file is in­stantly recog­nis­able. Re­vi­sions to the light clus­ters, grille and bumpers give it softer fea­tures, but the flat roofline, up­right nose and ex­posed door hinges trans­fer over.

Al­though no de­tails have been is­sued on the in­te­rior, spy shots have shown a sim­i­larly up­right dash­board de­sign. There ap­pears to be a greater va­ri­ety of high­er­grade materials, while tech­nol­ogy has im­proved; base cars are ex­pected to fea­ture a seven-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, with an 8.4-inch sat-nav pack­age added to top trims.

A pre­vi­ously leaked brochure re­vealed new as­sis­tance tech has been added in the form of au­ton­o­mous brak­ing, and a new wet weather brak­ing mode has been fit­ted. Adap­tive steer­ing can be con­fig­ured for a va­ri­ety of ter­rains, too.

A new 2.0-litre four-cylin­der turbo petrol en­gine will be of­fered on the base car for the first time, while a 3.6-litre V6 petrol is

also avail­able. No diesel has been con­firmed yet. Speak­ing to Auto Ex­press about the new Wran­gler ear­lier this year, Jeep boss Mike Man­ley said: “It moves ev­ery­thing the Wran­gler stands for for­ward sig­nif­i­cantly.”

No hy­brid or elec­tric vari­ant has been con­firmed yet, but Man­ley in­sisted the new plat­form has been “fu­ture-proofed” to al­low such tech to be added later. He also said the Wran­gler would be far lighter than be­fore, boost­ing its renowned off-road agility.

High-strength steels will still be used to en­sure its off-road ro­bust­ness is re­tained, but Jeep has con­cen­trated on im­prov­ing the new 4x4’s fuel econ­omy, plus its noise, ve­hi­cle and harsh­ness lev­els. The new Wran­gler goes on sale in the UK next year, with de­liv­er­ies in the sum­mer.

“There ap­pears to be a greater va­ri­ety of higher-grade materials in­side, while the tech has been im­proved”

Of­fi­cial im­ages show evo­lu­tion­ary looks of the new Jeep, car­ry­ing over chunky de­sign

CHOICES As usual, buy­ers will get a host of bodystyle op­tions, but only 2.0 and 3.6 V6 petrol en­gines have been con­firmed

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