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Ahead of a possible reveal at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January, we’re excited to release our 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JLU) and Pickup (JT) renderings which we believe provide an accurate preview of next generation (JL) Wrangler.
Our renderings represent a composite from months of insider source tips, leaks, research and spy photo revelations and analysis. They were modeled from our real life prototypes photos. The major highlights include:
Fixed roof structure with large removable roof panels and removable back windows (from insider sources and previewed in early concept proposal)
Multi-configuration roof as seen in early concept model: full-width panels removed, center piece removed, and all panels installed
Roof/top with angled rear pillar and angled windows (previewed in spy pics and early concept proposal)
More raked windshield
Longer hood (accommodates new 8 speed auto, will be made from aluminum, and may have already been leaked)
Hood bulge/vent – possibly to provide air for 4 cyl turbo and/or diesel (seen in spy photos and early concept proposal)
LED headlights (seen in spy photos and already introduced on current 2017 Wrangler)
Headlights slightly recessed into outer most grille slats (a la CJ Wrangler)
Front grille with “kink” leading to angled top portion (a la TJ Wrangler, seen in spy pics)
European style front bumper (longer and extends up to meet fender flares)
LED turn signal light strips, integrated into fender flares (seen in spy pics)
Foglights located more inwards of headlights
New Goodyear tires (switch from current BFGoodrich tires, seen in spy pics)
Retains exposed exterior door hinge mechanism and removable doors
Similar door cut-lines as current model
Tail lights featuring “X” design (seen in the leaked dealer meeting images)
Our JL Wrangler concept also reflects some speculated/rumored features, including:
Flip up/over rear window (based on patent drawings)
Vents behind front wheel flares (helps wheel well air flow while adding some design flair)
As we can see, the JL Wrangler design will be more evolutionary than revolutionary, which is no surprise given the continued strong sales of the current JK Wrangler model. The biggest changes will come in the form of the new fixed roof / removable panel structure and “under the skin” where the Wrangler will receive all new engine options (Pentastar V6, Hurricane Turbo 4, and a 3.0L Diesel) and a new 8 speed transmission.
Wrangler Pickup (JT) With Multiple Piece Removable Roof
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Hellcat in the Grand Cherokee, Now the Ram, That means the Wrangler is next right??
Ram just got serious about competing with the 2017 Ford Motor Company F-150 Raptor.
The truckmaker unveiled Thursday its Ram Rebel TRX concept, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 575 horsepower. Yup, that 6.2-liter supercharged V-8.
This may be as close as we’ll get to a factory Hellcat Ram 1500, and goodness, is it loud. (Click the video to hear it scream.)
Head of Ram in the U.S. Jim Morrison told us that it’s a concept—for now—and that Ram would consider a future production version. Considering the Ram is entering the last couple years of its life cycle, we wouldn’t be wholly shocked to see something actually hit the streets, but for now, it’s only a “design study.”
(Eds note: The “concept” is a fully engineered example that can run, so yeah right.)
The monster engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic like the other Hellcats, and uses many off-the-shelf Ram parts to manage the massive tires and power. The front axle is the same as the Ram 1500’s front, and the rear suspension is the same link coil setup as the street truck—even down to the same hard points on the frame.
Of course, not everything is the same, including massive six-piston front and rear stoppers to arrest all that motion.
For now, Morrison says it goes 100 mph anywhere, and judging by the chunky 37-inch tires, 13 in of wheel travel, bypass shocks, and beefed up suspension, we’re totally buying it.
The Hellcat engine is pushed back further on the front shocks, engineers say, for better weight distribution and ass-hauling capability. What the truck.