The next generation Jeep Wrangler was spied testing out in Michigan, dressed in heavy camouflage. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler was photographed by Brian Williams and posted to Off-Road.com, showing a heavily obscurred body that doesn’t look to dissimilar from the current JK Wrangler.
Initially thought to be released for the 2017 model year, it appears that the next gen Wrangler will be dropping for the 2018 model year. With that said, it seems as though Chrysler has maintained their game plan of revamping the Wrangler platform with updated aluminum body panels, Dana Axles, engine options, and more.
2018 Wrangler Body Design Changes
Aside from the new Wrangler switching to an aluminum body, the other major changes to exterior of the 2018 Wrangler seem to be subtle. While the body lines have been cloaked and obscured, it does look like the Wrangler is receiving an elongated chin, with a bigger, wider front bumper. It has already been confirmed that the new Wrangler will lose its ability to drop its front windshield like previous models could.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Stock Tires
It appears from these spy photos that the Jeep Wrangler will continue to use Goodyear tires with an aggressive and rugged tread pattern. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeep did offer the new Wrangler with BF Goodrich’s KO2 tire as they are lauded to be one of the best off-road tires you can run for either desert or mud terrains.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Engine
One of the biggest talking points of the new Jeep Wrangler has been its possible engine options. While the much beloved Pentastar V6 is expected to be the main choice, there has also been growing talks of Jeep offering a hybrid engine as well as a 3.0 turbo diesel setup. With Jeep focusing more and more on improved MPGs while also wanting to still remain dominant in the off-road market, it seems highly likely they Jeepers will have more than one power plant to pick from.
While details are still somewhat sparse, we are getting closer and closer to the reveal of the new Wrangler, with it now being spotted driving around and testing in the wild. Be sure to check back as we will be updating the blog with the latest news on both the 2017 and 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
Editors Note: All images in this post were captured by Brian Williams and originally appeared on OFF-Road.com.