More updates emerged regarding the redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Last week, details surfaced on the much anticipated redesigned Wranglers top and roll bar. We touched on this in our blog post announcing the Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck, but can now safely confirm that the changes are going to be HUGE!
2018 Wrangler Redesign
Previously, at ExtremeTerrain, we alluded that changes would be made to the Jeeps safety bar:
“To cut additional weight, and meet the new fuel economy requirements, it is rumored that Jeep will swap the traditional safety bar from the top in favor of a set of permanent tubes. This change reduces the weight of the vehicle by eliminating the need for lower-body reinforcement the safety bar requires.”
These new and improved features comes to address some of the shortcomings we’ve seen in the previous models.
For instance, instead of the traditional sports bar, the redesigned 2018 Jeep will be replaced by an integrated substructure that could consist of four stressed mounting points and built-in grab handles. According to Car and Driver, with this change, Jeep plans to make stock soft-tops a thing of the past opting for removable soft panels that will cover the substructure. In addition to the substructure, Jeep enthusiasts can also look forward to a now non-adjustable stationary windshield, which is a large innovation over previous models. We don’t think this is the end of adjustable soft tops and would not be surprised if Jeep finds a way to provide us with some sort of adjustable top.
Behind the Changes
The new and improved Jeep Wrangler is slimming down and for good reasons. First, making the Wrangler light will directly impact the MPG, helping it meet EPA requirements established by the government. The redesign also allows engineers the ability to optimize the body (aluminum or other) to maximize the Jeeps torsional rigidity. Lastly, it allows engineers to reduce the total vehicle weight by virtually eliminating the need for lower-body structural reinforcements by removing weight from the top assembly. In addition, it lowers the center of gravity of the Jeep making it less of a risk to roll over.
After all this talk of dieting, it sounds like the 2018 Wrangler will be lighter and safer, while still retaining its fierce off-roading power.