The folks on JL Wrangler Forums may have struck gold this week with two renders of the all-new, fully redesigned 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The renders are still subject to some skepticism from outlets waiting for official confirmation. However, the site admins of JL Wrangler Forums claim to have verified them. Their sources say that the images are indeed renders of the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. So far no one has come forward to debunk the images, and they match the iconic Wrangler profile. These new renders, plus the spy photos released several months ago, offer some insight on this highly anticipated 2018 vehicle.
The Jeep Wrangler is a favorite American classic, with one of the most iconic designs still in modern production. Its history stretches back to World War Two, and its fans will accept no substitute. As such, the announcement of a new redesign is always met with both excitement and skepticism. Fans worry that the beloved design will be sacrificed for modern improvements. Based on the renders leaked this weekend, we should have nothing to worry about.
The new renders reveal that the fully removable top and doors are here to stay, something many Wrangler fans are delighted to see. Many fans were also worried Jeep would do away with the front-folding windshield with the 2018 model. They expressed concern that this windshield design is part of the unique Wrangler driving experience. The new renders suggest that windshield-free drivers can breathe a sigh of relief — the rendered windshield has two side hinges replacing the previous single center hinge. This modification appears to support a taller, more steeply raked windshield compared to the current model. The taller windshield and windows might permit more headroom and better visibility.
The renders also show that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler retains its characteristic seven-slat grille, although it has been designed to be more upright and slightly larger than the last model. The grille has also gained some forward definition, similar to the YJ and TJ Wrangler grilles. In addition, it displays a backward slant, similar to a concept first shown at last year’s Jeep Easter Safari. The slant also means that the headlights curve slightly into the outer grille slats.
Earlier this year, the FCA CEO promised that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler would fix the problems of the old car while remaining true to the identity of the Wrangler. His promise hasn’t stopped enthusiasts from eagerly awaiting news and jumping on leaked pictures in the meantime. Last year’s spy photos confirmed that the Wrangler will keep its solid front and rear axles, four-wheel drive, and body-on-frame construction. There are still no visuals to confirm the rumor of an aluminum body. The spy photos depict a fully covered vehicle, and the new renders offer no insight as to what the body will be made of. Rumor has it that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will try to lighten the traditional solid axles and ladder-frame chassis without compromising its classic mechanics. A part-aluminum body could help give better road mileage, as well.
The new renders don’t reveal anything about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s mechanics. Speculation has been flying since last year about a diesel engine and a hybrid powertrain that might be available for this next-gen Wrangler. However, no specifics were given at the time, and these renders offer no new insight on whether the Wrangler will go ahead with diesel or hybrid components after the diesel scandals of 2016.
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will likely debut later this year. With its classic popularity and modern accoutrements, it will likely start at or above the current Wrangler’s $25,000 price tag.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited For Sale in Forest Lake, MN
Can’t wait for the big reveal? The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is available now in Forest Lake, MN. As always, all of our new cars and most of our used ones come with a Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. At no extra cost, we’ll make sure your Wrangler is always ready for whatever road you travel. Stop by and visit our selection in Forest Lake, MN, not far from Coon Rapids, Roseville, and White Bear Lake.
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