Jeep CEO Mike Manley revealed a few more details of the brand’s next generation Wrangler in an exclusive interview with Auto Express.
We can look forward to improvements in terms of “capability, fuel economy, ride comfort, noise”, among other areas. Though the exterior will remain largely unchanged, still retaining that iconic Wrangler look, Manley did mention that it’s an all-new model.
Meaning hiding under that familiar body are new features, some of which are taken from concept cars like the Jeep Switchback and Safari, both of which were developed for this year’s Easter Jeep Safari. The most likely features that could move on to production are things like headlights and maybe even the Switchback’s cut-out doors.
Of course, they had to ask about the rumored hybrid variant and Manley essentially confirmed Jeep’s future Wrangler plans by stating that “This platform is future-proofed. As you get into the 20s it’s impossible to have a balanced fleet without a wide range of electrification – we have those plans and we have the technology. You’ll probably hear more about electrification towards the end of this year.”
The new Wrangler JL is set to debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, more specifically on the 28th or 29th of November. “It’ll be right on the cusp of production when it hits Los Angeles and Europe will probably be August or September 2018.”
Following the Wrangler’s release is the Jeep pickup in 2019 and Grand Wagoneer in 2020. There may even be a new model designed to slot under the Renegade in size, though that entry level Jeep is still under consideration.