Next-gen wrangler is still not ready, and it seems that it won’t be for at least a year more. However, 2017 Jeep Wrangler should finally switch generations and change its appearance. Still, old school SUV will keep the similar outfit as there’s not much you could change here from design’s standpoint.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Review
After 10 years without changes, every single category is up for something. This goes for powertrain too. Current 3.6L V-6 making 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is way too fuel consuming for modern times. That’s why Jeep Wrangler has been associated with a number of solutions to the problem.
People have spoken about hybrids which are highly unlikely. Furthermore, there are diesel powertrains which deserve consideration, and finally downsized turbo fours. Last couple of options are more than plausible, and might both find their way to the new Wrangler.
There have been plenty of rumors about future Wrangler’s body structure and platform. Aluminum is still the buzzword. However, is a complete aluminum frame manageable at this time? Seems like the answer is no.
Switching to aluminum would cost fortune, and Wrangler simply doesn’t manage to produce the adequate revenue for that kind of investment, even though it sells in around 200,000 copies in North America every year.
Completely revised chassis, however, will happen. Still, expect rugged, minimalistic look with trademark circular headlamps and sturdy bumpers to remain. Both regular and long wheelbase Unlimited model will carry over, and you’ll still be able to strip them of their roofs and doors, and lower their windshields.
Interior of Jeep Wrangler 2017
Interior is by far the least inspiring part of Wrangler overall, and probably the least interesting to our readers as well. Whatever the future brings, don’t expect premium comfort and luxury from it as old school SUV’s simply aren’t meant for that. Expect cloth upholstery and lots of easily reachable and cleanable parts.
Top grade models will come with 6.5-inch touch screen displays with optional navigation and 40 GB of storage space, but most of the entire lineup will have to do without them. Still, every single model will get the opportunity to upgrade from basic eight to nine Alpine speakers. Like before, don’t expect any additional safety features apart from mandatory options, but since a rearview camera becomes one of federally mandated trinkets, it will be interesting to see how Wrangler fares.
Current fuel economy figures read 17/21 mpg in base and 16/20 mpg in Unlimited models. Whatever happens, these figures will see an increase in next generation, but diesel models possess much more potential than turbo four petrol ones.
Prices between $23,000 for entry-level regular and $41,000 for top level Unlimited models shouldn’t budge much. Only thing that could change them considerably is aluminum body, but this will likely have to wait.
2017 Jeep Wrangler is going to adopt a lot of changes, but at the end of the day, it will still be the same rugged, off-road SUV. Some things just never change, and Wrangler is one of them. In this modern age, things like that tend to be priceless.