The new Jeep sheds some camo, but isn't ready to show off all the goods just yet.
Jeep is preparing an all-new and aluminium-heavy Wrangler, set to debut within the year. Though we don’t know much of the details surrounding this new and improved Jeep, these new spy shots provide a few clues. The Wrangler was spotted in Detroit wearing a bit less camouflage than before. Even with more of the body panels exposed, it’s tough to deduce exactly what the SUV will look like, other than... boxy.
A few aerodynamic tweaks will give the body a sleeker look, and a slightly revised front grille and a fixed windscreen will be among the most significant changes. It will also come with something we’ve never seen on the Wrangler before – a reversing camera.
Underneath all that extravagant camouflage will be a new aluminium and steel construction that will bring the weight down significantly. The Pentastar V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard, but a new 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel and a turbocharged four-cylinder 'Hurricane' engine are expected to join the range. A hybrid powertrain has also been rumoured.
Along with the same ruggedness you’ve come to expect in Jeep products past, the new Wrangler will see improved ergonomics and efficiency, making the typically niche SUV a bit more mainstream. No official word on when the new Wrangler will make its debut, but reports point to a debut either at the Los Angeles Auto Show later in the year, or at the Detroit Auto Show the beginning of 2018.