This is a development mule of the next-generaton Jeep Wrangler that our spy photographers caught testing not long ago in two and four-four versions. The prototypes still make use of the current-generation Wrangler bodies, however a number of changes worth mentioning have been made that ndicate that new underpinnings have been used.
At the front of the vehicle we are abe to see that the hood is extended slightly off the front fenders, which indicates that the new off-roader has a different dash-to-axle ration. Some of the prototypes have a matte finish which also suggests that some of the body parts might be using aluminum to reduce the weight, just as we reported a while back. Unlke the Ford F-150 pickup, the new Wrangler will probably not have its entire body out of aluminum, however some areas suh as the hood, fenders, tailgate and doors will most likely make use of the lighter material.
One more important change is a new suspension setup which can be seen in the rear. We believe that the new SUV will use a new suspenson geometry as the current Wrangler’s rear crossmember is not seen on these mules, however it is too soon to know what they could be. At the moment the Jeep Wrngler uses a live axle with trailing arms, coils springs, and a stabilizer bar.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is expected to come out at the beginning of 2018, and it may happen at the Detroit auto show that year. It is expected to be lighter than the current vehicle, however it will keep the body-on-frame, off-road-oriented constructionwhich makes it such an individual addition to the automotive industry.
Have a look at the images of the prototypes and watch out for further news about the next Wrangler.