The current model of the Wrangler has been around since 2007 but the general design of the car continued relatively unchanged for more than 20 years. Now, because there are more and more regulations regarding pedestrian’s safety and a lot of fuel efficiency concerns, the current model of the Wrangler is going to be discontinued because it will simply not be able to comply with those regulations. The good part is that Chrysler said that they are going to release a new model with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler which will continue the legacy of the car.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Review
Even though at this point there isn’t that much information available about the next generation, it has been confirmed that the body-on-frame design will remain unchanged which is great because this is what allowed the Wrangler to be so versatile. However, unlike before, the chassis is likely going to be made out of high strength steel as well as aluminum in key areas and the body of the new Wrangler will most likely be made out of aluminum which is both good and bad. It will allow for a lower weight, better fuel consumption and also a better handling vehicle but it will be more expensive to fix and the aluminum body will be less durable than the steel one.
Engine of new Jeep Wrangler
Under the hood of the new model everything is going to change, so the new Wrangler will have nothing in common with the older model. Also, for the first time in the US, a 3 liter V6 diesel is going to be available, engine which is going to offer up to 240 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque. The base petrol offering on the other hand has a real chance of being a newly developed 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which could offer 330 horsepower and more than 340 lb-ft of torque with ease, all while offering up to 30 MPG on the highway, a massive boost over the 23 MPG of the older model.
The outside of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will not remain unchanged and early reports suggest that the essence of the car is going to be kept untouched. This could mean that the general design scheme such as the shape and even the trademark grille will be carried over to the new generation. However, because the new model would need to meet all the new safety regulations, this could mean that the usual front and rear steel bumpers are going to be replaced with soft ABS ones that will offer a safer crash area for pedestrians. On top of that, the massive ground clearance of the current model could be lowered due to safety concerns at high speed, so the Wrangler might in fact get an air suspension system. The interior on the other hand will be just as spartan as before, so it will only offer the absolute necessities.
If you are interested in history of Jeep Wrangler you can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep_Wrangler