The official images confirm that Jeep has kept the throwback styling of the Wrangler, with subtle tweaks to the headlights, grille and indicator cluster, but maintains the upright dashboard and relatively button-heavy approach taken with the previous car, despite the addition of a larger touchscreen.
At SEMA, Mopar also displayed its full range of accessories and performance parts – more than 200 in total – that will be available from launch for the new Wrangler. According to Mopar boss Pietro Gorlier, more than 98% of Wranglers sold feature some form of customisation options, with the most popular options sidesteps and a noise-reducing headliner. While Mopar is focused on the US market, Gorlier noted that all of the performance parts would be available for Wrangler customers worldwide as long as they meet local regulations.
The first exterior images of the Wrangler were shown during a presentation by Mopar, the FCA Group’s parts arm, at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Jeep did not reveal any further details about the Wrangler but a user manual leaked online earlier this month has revealed some details about the machine’s powertrain options.
Under the bonnet, there’s either a 2.0-litre four-cylinder or 3.6-litre V6 engine; the 2.8-litre powerplant has been dropped, at least from the US-specification car. The 2.0 engine has a 907kg (2000lb) towing capacity, while the 3.6 can pull up to 1587kg. It also has a system designed to stop trailer-snaking.
Inside, the 2018 Wrangler is also similar to the current-generation car, although there’s now a choice between 7.0in and 8.4in infotainment displays. Both systems have climate controls integrated, and the larger unit comes with sat-nav.
The screens can also display a host of off-road-focused information, including axle status, steering angle and the car’s altitude, longitude and latitude and pitch and roll angles. More advanced safety technology will also feature, but Jeep hasn't yet specified exactly what.
As well as adjustable electronic stability control, the new Wrangler will have automatic emergency braking and Rain Brake Support, which assists braking when wet weather is detected. Adaptive steering weighting is also available and to cater for different driving conditions. More hardcore off-roading Wrangler Rubicon models are more likely to get the advanced off-roading technology, however.
As with the current-generation Wrangler, the 2018 car will be available in both three and five-door variants. For the new generation, the windscreen can be folded down.