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.