The current Jeep Wrangler has been in the market since 2007. Since then, except for an engine change, the Wrangler has only received minor tweaks. The automaker is finally planning to release a new model of the Wrangler set to be released in 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle.
The new model will be the fourth in its generation. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler will be redesigned in all fronts, from the exterior, to the cabin all the way to under its hood.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Exterior
From the outside, the Wrangler looks tougher but with a more modern exterior profile compared to its predecessors. The new vehicle is 152.8 inches long, 73.7 inches wide and 70.9 inches tall. The vehicle has an excellent ground clearance of 8.8 inches which makes its excellent in different terrain. Its wheelbase spans 95.4 inches.
The new body will be constructed using aluminum meaning it will be lighter which will translate to a better fuel economy. According to credible sources, the vehicle will have a unibody platform as opposed to the old body on frame platform. Though the vehicle comes with an attractive and modern design, the vehicle retains its traditional look. At the front, the Wrangler gets a larger bonnet as well as a white damper which makes it more attractive.
The vehicle also gets a new grille with slits. Other features include a soft-top convertible roof and a fixed hoop which improves protection in case of a roll over. The vehicle will be offered in either 2-door or 4-door bodies. Since the Wrangler is a full off-road vehicle, expect large wheels wrapped in high-performing, all terrain tires.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Interior
On the inside, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler will be significantly redesigned. The vehicle will have a roomy cabin courtesy of the new platform which also helps create a more comfortable and unique interior design compared to predecessor models. Though official details are not yet out, it is rumored that the new Wrangler will feature a new infotainment system and a new sound system with a CD and MP3 Player.
For safety, the Jeep Wrangler 2017 features stability control, electronic traction control, ABS and 3-point adjustable seat belts. The driver and front passenger seats will also have multi-stage front airbags. The cabin will accommodate five passengers on seats wrapped in a quality soft material. Front seats will have center armrests for extra comfort.
The vehicle also has a 12 V outlet that enables charging of laptops and tablets. The automaker is keeping official specs a closely guarded secret so kindly check later for more updates.
Under the hood of the new Wrangler, there will be two new engines to replace the old engine which has been discontinued. The first of the new engines is a twin-turbocharged 3.0 L, Pentastar V6 engine capable of producing 300 hp and over 350 lb-ft of torque.
The second engine will be a twin-turbocharged V6 diesel unit capable of delivering around 240 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission system.
Though EPA ratings are not yet out, the automaker estimates the vehicle to deliver 23 mpg in city and 30 mpg on highway.
Price and release date
Jeep is yet to make official details on the Wrangler’s release date or price. However, we expect the vehicle to arrive at dealer showrooms in the first half of 2016.
The new Wrangler will be slightly expensive than the outgoing model. It will have a starting price of around $ 28,000 MSRP while the diesel variant will attract around $ 3,000 more.