Will the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler look the way a Wrangler should? If this first-ever look at the new model is anything to go by, the answer is a clear ‘yes’.
These new spy photos, of what looks to be the Unlimited variant, reveal that we can expect the all-new Wrangler to maintain the proportions and boxy look that have contributed to the badge’s success.
The camouflage is heavy, shown here in layers of swirls and a heavy wrap of loose black vinyl, but there is no mistaking the ‘Jeep look’ beneath.
There’s no obscuring that broad, upright and rounded face, matched to a long bonnet and steep windscreen.
The flared bolt-on guards are likewise recognisable at each corner, sitting tall above off-roading tyres.
A tall squared-off cabin dominates the overall look, with practical flat doors on either side.
Away from its styling, the new Wrangler is expected to retain its off-roading credentials with a body-on-frame construction.
Despite speculation of an all-aluminium body, it is now expected that high-strength steel will form the basis, with a liberal use of aluminium for the doors, bonnet and tailgate.
Petrol and diesel powertrains will again figure, and a hybrid variant will also be introduced as parent company Fiat Chrysler walks to meet tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations.
A ute variant will also join the new line-up, with Jeep global boss Mike Manley telling CarAdvice in March that a pickup model will follow the launch of the regular range.
When asked about launch timing, Manley added “you’ve only got a few more months to find that answer out,” suggesting that either a concept or the new Wrangler itself will be unveiled later this year.
Full production is not expected to begin until next year, however, and reports suggest the new generation will be built alongside the current model, which remains hugely popular in its home market.