New Jeep Wrangler boasts of robust contemporary makeover under old skin
The Jeep Wrangler is an icon in itself and has a wide fan following for its authentic tough SUV appeal. Hence, when the company set to work on the overhauled version of the Wrangler after about a decade, it did not dare change its looks.
The iconic American SUV brand Jeep’s parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles played safe with the exterior design changes of the Wrangler, as it knows that the vehicle’s loyalists won’t like it to change too much or look like a new SUV. This is because, the Wrangler is famous for its heritage and its old SUV visual appeal is its primary attraction for the buyers. The Wrangler’s design reminds the original model that was used as a tough military vehicle during World War II.
Thus, the all new Jeep Wrangler continues to look like the conventional boxy SUV which it has always been. However, the new generation model has certainly become modern on the inside. Under the traditional skin lie new tech, new features and new engines, to make the iconic vehicle practical and contemporary.
The all new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which officially broke cover at the ongoing 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, is actually a very different SUV. It has shed 200 pounds of weight and has grown a bit longer. It has received aerodynamic enhancements, while its glasshouse has become larger to facilitate better visibility. It will get new engines including a diesel and a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. And it comes with a new high-tech soft-top option.
In this way, Jeep has offered a contemporary vehicle hidden under the revered old looks of the Wrangler, so that its buyers don’t have to compromise on the modern conveniences while choosing this icon. Commenting on why Jeep did not mess around with the looks of the Wrangler, the Jeep design head, Mark Allen said that when designers presented a prototype of the Wrangler a few years back which ditched the external door hinges and hood latches simply to get how the Jeep purists react to it, it was not “just disliked…. it was hated". Thus, the new-gen Wrangler retains its outdoor hinges and latches.
The new engines will boost the off-road performance of the rugged Wrangler. There will be a revised 3.6L V6 offering 285 hp and a new 2L turbocharged mill with a battery-electric hybrid system to offer 270 hp along with better fuel economy. A 260 hp 3L V6 mill will join the lineup in 2019. All the engines will be paired to a 6 speed manual transmission and an 8 speed automatic transmission choice.
The new-gen model has become stronger and lighter with the usage of lighter high-strength steel and aluminum for its frame and other parts. This ensured it becomes 200 pounds lighter. Aerodynamics improvement involved a rounded windshield, a subtle small spoiler at its rear.
The new-gen Wrangler will be also offered various door, windshield and top combinations. The new model will hit the market in January, 2018, while its price list remains unknown as yet.