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Spy photographers managed to catch the next generation Wrangler driving near the Fiat Chrysler facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

We’ve already seen test mules with odd bodywork and one was even sporting new parts in its undercarriage but this is the first time we’ve seen the 2018 Wrangler under heavy camouflage with a new body. This could be the new, lighter Wrangler body that uses more aluminum than before.

While heavily camouflaged, we can still make out that iconic Wrangler front end but changes have been made. The windshield seems to have a steeper rake which will improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics and the front fenders appear to be wider than the outgoing Wrangler’s.




Depending on the angle of the picture you’re looking at, the front seems longer and this change in proportion was probably made to accommodate the eight-speed automatic transmission that, according to Automotive News sources, would not have fit with the current Wrangler’s wheelbase.

Coming with both a V6 turbo diesel engine and a hybrid powertrain later on, the new Wrangler is said to debut late this year and they will be built at the Toledo factory once it’s been retooled to produce both the next gen model and the new Wrangler based pickup truck.
 

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If what we're seeing here really is what the next generation body is supposed to be, it seems like design updates were small and incremental.

Can anyone here see anything different going on from the current generation body?
 

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Might just be slight changes in design. Much like some new generation models that take a lot from its previous gen and just builds on it. Hopefully it does look like a next gen and not a refresh.
 

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Might just be slight changes in design. Much like some new generation models that take a lot from its previous gen and just builds on it. Hopefully it does look like a next gen and not a refresh.
The JK needs too much modernizing to simply be refined into a competitive product for 2017. We're talking a need for a chassis that can take next-generation engines, 8+ speed transmissions, and all sorts of electronic aids that were not available back when the JK was designed. It's time for an all-new vehicle, and FCA knows this. They have been developing it. But they are being cautious to not alter the styling too much. The Wrangler is such a profit center for FCA that they cannot afford to deter buyers. It's much easier to keep catering to their loyal base of Wrangler fans who like the look of the Wrangler as it is.
 
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