Jeep’s forthcoming 2018 Wrangler (JL) certainly hasn’t been shy lately, turning up in full view of the motoring public in a variety of locations, although always with obfuscating camouflage and cladding affixed in order to keep the design a secret until its reveal.
Once again, Fiat Chrysler’s next Jeep Wrangler off-roader has been spotted testing, captured on video driving on any Wrangler’s second-favorite type of terrain: sand dunes. (The Wrangler’s most favorite terrain is, of course, the rock trail.) Website Motor1 managed to find a series of three clips taken at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Western Michigan, all shared to the JL Wrangler Forums by a user named “Bullring”.
This marks the first time we’ve seen the Jeep Wrangler JL testing off-road, although obviously, handling sand, dirt, mud, rocks, and just about everything else shy of the Martian landscape will be one priority for the newest version of FCA’s iconic SUV. Another will be fuel-efficiency, and to that end, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will take a page from the Ford F-150’s book, using aluminum body panels to shed weight – although most of the SUV will still be made of good old fashioned steel.
The all-new, 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is expected to show at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show this December. Until then, we’ll keep bringing you all the latest new developments.