Marcus De Guzman / | March 31, 2017 10:35
Next-generation Jeep Wrangler to have completely removable doors, roof
It's not officially out yet but Jeep fanatics were able to get photos of what appears to be the all-new 2018 Wrangler. Posted by JLWranglerForums.com, it looks like the next-generation 4x4 will have an evolutionary design as it retains the iconic boxy look.
Upon first glance, the front fascia appears to have a new set of headlights and an updated grill design. The 2018 Wrangler will also have a more rakish windscreen to help it cut through the wind better. This somewhat confirms the rakish windshield design seen on the prototype Wrangler pickup our spies were able to take photos of.
Apart from that, the Wrangler will also have a removable roof, as well as completely detachable doors. Even with most of the exterior pieces removed, Jeep was able to incorporate a fixed roll cage to keep occupants safe. The folding windshield has also been carried-over from the previous JK Wrangler.
Also worth noting is what look to be a bigger trunk and a rear spare tire delete option. However, prototype versions of the Wrangler will apaprently have the rear spare tire mounted still.
In review, the next-generation Wrangler will keep its floating solid axles and body-on-frame construction. New, however, will apparently be a lighter aluminum body. As far as powertrains are concerned, Jeep will supposedly introduce turbocharged gasoline engines, as well as a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
As mentioned earlier, there will also be a pickup variant of the 2018 Wrangler.
Jeep will soon begin assembling the 2018 Wrangler after investing $700 million in the North Facility of the Toledo Assembly Complex. Aside from retooling the factory to make way for the new Wrangler, it will be able to create 700 new jobs according to Jeep.
The all-new Jeep Wrangler is expected to make its world debut by the end of 2017.