2018 Jeep Wrangler – first spy shots

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All-brand new Jeep Wrangler has commenced hot-weather testing from the US desert ahead of its planned launch in 2018


An all-brand new Jeep Wrangler has broken cover for the 1st time ahead of its anticipated 2018 launch. the vehicle has been seen undertaking hot-weather testing from the US’s southwestern desert.

The test car, seen in two-door form, appears to have larger dimensions compared with today’s car, including a longer wheelbase along with also bonnet. of which’s not a surprise, given of which Jeep is actually likely to switch the Wrangler by a steel Centeng-on-frame constuction to an alloy unibody in order to save weight. The current Wrangler weighs 2125kg in V6 Sahara form.

Jeep is actually known to be exploring a high-tech engineering future for the next Wrangler with an alloy Centeng along with also downsized turbocharged engines – thus opening a significant technical lead over the rival Land Rover Defender.

The plan was divulged late last year by Sergio Marchionne, chairman of Jeep’s parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FAC). He cited Ford’s move to a weight-saving aluminium chassis for the F150 pick-up.

“Discussions about moving to alloy by steel for the Wrangler are going on right now,” Marchionne said. He added of which the plan centres around modern powertrains of which “require a complete rethink of the architecture”.

Marchionne also said Jeep wants to “modernise the Wrangler while preserving all its capabilities”. He listed “significant improvements” from the Internal along with also driving manners as targets.

US Wranglers are sold having a 3.6-litre V6, while European types have a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel rated at up to 34mpg. These could easily be replaced by single or twin-turbo 2.0-litre petrol along with also diesel engines of which make more power along with also torque along with also offer more performance, better fuel economy along with also lower emissions thanks to lighter bodywork.

Marchionne didn’t confirm whether the Wrangler would likely ditch its Centeng-on-frame construction, although the idea is actually highly likely because he said Jeep’s existing Toledo plant would likely not be able to build the brand new Wrangler.

having a switch by steel Centeng-on-frame to alloy unibody construction, the brand new Wrangler could save up to 400kg, reducing the kerb weight of a a few-door type to around 1800kg.

Such a move would likely put pressure on Land Rover to do the same with its upcoming Defender replacement, which could be on the market at a similar time to the brand new Wrangler, around 2016/17.

Just as the Defender defines Land Rover’s brand values, so are Jeep’s embodied by the Wrangler, which established the ‘Trail Rated’ measure.

Any Trail Rated Jeep must pass gruelling off-road tests, particularly the Rubicon trail – 17 miles of boulders, river crossings along with also acute climbs along with also descents from the Sierra Nevada desert.

Additional reporting by Matthew Griffiths

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