The current generation Jeep Wrangler has been around since 2007. The American SUV will be replaced by a new generation JL Wrangler this year, and has been spied undergoing tests in Detroit.
The high camouflage test mule revealed a new feature – the backup camera, which was never seen by the shepherd. The grille seems to modify but disguise the hidden headlights and taillights reveal any details of how the new generation of shepherds look like. LED in the fascia treatment is imminent. A new generation of shepherds will make heavy use of lightweight materials such as aluminum to lose weight. It will exercise some aerodynamic improvements and will have a most pronounced change in the fixed, slightly tilted windshield.
Powering the new gen Wrangler will come be the 3.0-litre V6 Pentastar turbo-diesel engine. Apart from that, a new four-pot turbocharged “Hurricane” engine is expected to join the range as well. A hybrid powertrain has also been rumoured. Transmission choices are likely to be an eight-speed automatic and six-speed manual. The manufacturer affirms that the Wrangler’s off-road credential will be improved along with better ergonomics and efficiency.
There are no details available of when the new-gen SUV will be revealed but the pre-production units will show up soon. Expect the car to make a debut at any of the major American auto expos. The Wrangler is currently being imported as a CBU in India and the new generation is also expected to take the same route with an anticipated launch in early 2018.