The Wrangler is one of the best known cars in the World thanks to its iconic design which dates all the way back in the ‘40s. This means that even though it will receive an all new model with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, it is safe to assume that the actual design of the car will change very little when compared to some of its rivals. In fact, we expect the new model to be nearly identical to the current generation with only minor changes in order to comply with the latest safety regulations.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Review
There are still very few details about the upcoming model but it has been spied testing with camouflage a while ago. This model was most likely a development mule but it seems that it will be similar in size to the ongoing Wrangler and it will very likely be very similar in design as well. The platform it will run on is going to be an evolution of the current body-on-frame design but Jeep will be using lighter and more durable materials such as high strength steel and even aluminum in some key areas. The end result should be a 200 to 300 pounds lighter car that will be more rigid and better for on or off-road use. The release date for all of these is still unknown but rumors suggest the new Wrangler will first be showcased at the end of the year and it will hit the market in late 2017. Its price will likely be adjusted accordingly but a base model is still likely going to cost under $25,000 which will continue to make it a really good buy for those looking for a true off-road machine.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Specs
Engine wise, while we truly hoped for a turbocharged or at least a diesel engine, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler will most definitely hit the market equipped with a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 updated Pentastar which should provide around 320 horsepower and over 280 lb-ft of torque. This will certainly be more than enough for most people but the drawback is there are now a few models out there that could take the crown from the Wrangler. A hybrid version of the car has been announced to be released by the end of 2020 while a diesel is expected to arrive after 2022 which is very far, especially since Jeep was saying that a diesel Wrangler will hit the US shored in 2018 or earlier. A 6 speed manual will likely continue to be offered as standard while an 8 speed automatic is certainly going to be an option.
Some rumors also suggested that in some parts of the World such as Europe or Japan, the Wrangler will be released with a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 mill with up to 260 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, engine which would make a lot of sense in a car that will weigh quite a bit less than before.
Exterior and Interior Design
Design wise, the only confirmed changes for the new model are the deletion of the removable doors and window frame which is a big drawback for those that wanted the car for off-road. Jeep said that the Wrangler would not be able to comply with the latest safety regulations with those features so they had to remove it. Inside the cabin on the other hand, we still expect a weather resistant interior on all the models of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler but this time around the cabin won’t be filled with cheap plastic and brittle materials. Instead, we expect a softer dashboard, better seats with more supportive bolsters as well as more space for its passengers which is quite bad on the ongoing model.