Fiat Chrysler has yet to decide on a debut date for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler SUV, Jeep brand boss Mike Manley told The Detroit News at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
This summer Manley said he expected the new Wrangler to bow sometime in the first half of 2017, but the British-born exec now says the SUV “probably” won’t debut until the latter half of the year. He also said the indecisiveness in the launch date wasn’t related to the vehicle’s development being delayed.
The next-gen Wrangler is expected to feature evolutionary styling that should appease those Wrangler faithful who don’t want the SUV to change too much. It’s also expected to feature three engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. Both six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions will be on offer.
The Wrangler-based Jeep pickup truck, which will be built alongside the all-nee SUV at Jeep’s Toledo Assembly Plant, will arrive at a later date than the SUV. Manley said he thinks the truck will arrive in mid-2018.
More information on the next-gen Wrangler should become available closer to its debut.