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The next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been spied testing for the very first time.

Sporting significant camouflage, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler prototype was caught on camera by spy photographers outside Auburn Hills, Michigan. Although it is heavily camouflaged, you can still make out the trademark Wrangler front end, but noticeably different are the bulging front fenders. Expect various aerodynamic tweaks to be made to the Wrangler’s new body with the main changes being a fixed windshield and a possibly longer front end.

The major focus will be to shed weight, with Jeep turning to aluminum, even though most of the body will still be made of steel. Under the hood, the Pentastar V6 engine will remain as the mainstream powertrain option, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Also rumored to join the lineup is a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6 engine, while a hybrid powertrain is also a possibility.

Even though it will have a focus on improving fuel economy, the American automaker promises to also improve the Wrangler’s off-road capabilities. Expect to see the 2018 Jeep Wrangler to make its debut sometime early next year before it heads to dealerships in the summer.
Read more about the Next-Gen 2018 Jeep Wrangler Spied Testing for the Very First Time at AutoGuide.com.
 

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Rumors are, its going to be smaller than the JK and the Open Cab is gone because of very near changes in safety regs/laws. But, they have something in the works to still be a very open cab. People are guessing its going to be safety cage (sport bar, since technically its never been a roll cage) formed as part of the body, an integrated safety cage, that will be strong enough for safety regs/laws and still close to being as open like the old sport bar.


And its the NHTSA saying they won't give the Wrangler the convertible exemption anymore. Without the grandfathered exemption they've always had, the Wrangler will have to meet the same roof crush standards as every other car, and there is no way to do that with an open cab using a Sport Bar, well at least practically and affordably.
 
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