The Jeep Wrangler is due for its next major redesign for the 2018 model year. However, preliminary order guides indicate that Fiat Chrysler will continue selling the outgoing generation alongside it. From what we can piece together, the so-called Wrangler JK will be offered as the 2018 Wrangler, while the updated JL style will be offered at a later date, also as the 2018 Wrangler.
While the vehicle's overall look appears set to keep its traditional boxy shape, it will get some serious improvements in terms of materials and tech. For the first time, the Wrangler will reportedly get an aluminum hood, doors and tailgate for weight savings. Early rumors of an aluminum frame were debunked since the benefits of switching from steel were reportedly not impressive enough to warrant the added cost.
While power will most likely come from a revamped version of the current 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, the Wrangler will reportedly get a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Perhaps even more exciting are reports of a possible 4-cylinder diesel further down the line.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is slated to begin production in October. We currently anticipate an on-sale date in November. Stay tuned for the latest release info as it becomes available.
Pictured: 2016 Wrangler