What’s the Next Jeep Wrangler Like? "Iconic"
Jeep boss Mike Manley says next Wrangler will respect its heritageby Mark McNabb, on
Time is drawing closer and closer for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler to make its debut. Scheduled to be a 2018 model, the next Wrangler will likely make its debut in the coming months. There’s been no shortage of rumors centered on the new SUV, which is said to be codenamed the JL. From engine size to suspension set-up, there’s been nothing off limits for discussion.
One thing is for sure – the new Wrangler will be the icon and anchor for the entire Jeep lineup.
Those words are from Jeep CEO Mike Manley to Automotive News regarding the new SUV. They match up rather well to spy shots we’ve seen of the new Jeep. Furthering the case are Manley’s words on the Wrangler’s aerodynamics and styling. "You have to be very careful with the aero of Wrangler, because at the end of the day, it needs to be recognizable as a Wrangler. To some extent that restricts you on some of the aero that you can do. But with weight and a number of the changes that we’ve made, you’re going to see that we’ve really pushed that vehicle forward in terms of its fuel economy."
We know the next Wrangler will continue to have solid axles front and rear, a boxy design, and a ladder frame – three things that solidify its Jeep-ness. It will also have a new gasoline four-cylinder for those wanting maximum fuel economy. The Pentastar V-6 should return as well, but with mechanical updates. Lastly, we know the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission will be available. A six-speed manual is all but confirmed.
But what’s Manley’s main goal with the new Wrangler? “Don’t screw it up,” apparently. Well, if Jeep bean counters allow Manley’s wishes to happen, it sounds like he’s got nothing to worry about.