The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is one of the most highly anticipated new models Fiat Chrysler is to launch in coming years, and Jeep brand boss Mike Manley is now tempting us with more information on the new off-roader.
Speaking to Automotive News at the automaker’s recent ‘What’s New’ media event, Manley revealed that the Wrangler’s development remains right on track, confirming it will arrive in the first half of 2017.
Additionally, Manley revealed he’s very content with how the next-gen Wrangler is coming along, and not just in regards to the vehicle’s styling.
“To be honest with you, I’m delighted in the way it’s turning out, not just from a styling point of view, but from an overall point of what Wrangler stands for, I’m very pleased,” he said.
“We’ve made a large number of changes in terms of fuel economy, both enablers in terms of weight, with the aero of Wrangler, because at the end of the day, it needs to be recognized as Wrangler,” Manley added. “With (less) weight and a number of changes that we’ve made, you’re going to see that we’ve really pushed that vehicle forward in terms of fuel economy.”
Manley also spoke on the equally as anticipated (if not more so) Jeep Wrangler-based pickup, saying the truck will launch by early 2018. Both the next-gen 2018 Wrangler and the new Wrangler pickup will be built at Jeep’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio.