Jeep takes wraps off new Wrangler
First images shown at SEMA More tech, step up in quality
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