The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will stay true to the famous nameplate by offering recognizable boxy looks, solid front and rear axles and body-on-frame construction, Jeep brand boss Mike Manley has confirmed.
Speaking to Automotive News, Manley explained how the 2018 Wrangler will be very similar in appearance to the current model, but will also offer improvements in the way of fuel economy and overall performance.
Helping the Wrangler on its quest for greater fuel efficiency will be a more aerodynamic body. Manley assures Jeep fans the model will retain its boxy shape, however, with subtle changes such as more steeply rakes windshield.
“You have to be very careful with the aero of Wrangler, because at the end of the day, it needs to be recognizable as a Wrangler,” he said. “To some extent that restricts you on some of the aero that you can do. But with weight and a number of the changes that we’ve made, you’re going to see that we’ve really pushed that vehicle forward in terms of its fuel economy.”
Other improvements in store for the Wrangler include an eight-speed automatic transmission, a lighter and stiffer frame and some aluminum body parts. The model is also expected to receive a turbocharged four-cylinder engine option offering up to 300 horsepower, along with Fiat Chrysler’s lauded EcoDiesel V6.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler may go on sale by as early as next summer.