The latest news indicates that a 2017 Jeep Wrangler model is on its way. The Wrangler has been a popular model ever since the Willys MB models from the Second World War to the last addition to the lineup the 2014 Wrangler. All of them were immense models which had a array of popularity to them but also had the same issue that has plagued the brand ever since it was released. The low fuel efficiency rates have never been a problem that could be resolved and the model is hoping to finally make good on this premise with the latest model.
The current Wrangler manages to get 17 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway specs on the EPA scale rate and actually has managed to fix it compared to some previous models. This only shows that Jeep is doing everything that they could to resolve the issue and make the Wrangler a less fuel guzzling vehicle. As with each model the specs are better and better the latest concept has managed to score some pretty interesting numbers which could bring about the brand’s elevation when it comes to this stat.
The idea for the redesigned model is mainly concentrated on making better fuel economy rates and they are planning to achieve this with weight reduction changes but at the same time they plan to keep the vehicle’s off-road capabilities as legendary as they always were. The announcement actually came from the higher-ups of Jeep which have made it a priority to give us back the car which does everything it can to make the off-road capabilities acceptable for a brand like the Wrangler, but at the same time give us better fuel rates.
There are a lot of rumors on how this may be achieved and done and a lot of it focus on using some lighter materials for the sheetmetal of the car but also adding the fully independent suspension system which is going to keep the off-road capacities as they are. All of the new specs and features that we were able to find out are given in this review which you can read and find out about.
It appears that the exterior of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler is going to be mainly based on the current one. There is not going to be a big redesign as it is not needed as the brand is not going to take that much risk with a style change as they have already some other things which they have planned and have aimed to do. Thus we are going to see a similar kind of a shape as we have now but with a few minor tweaks and changes here and there. The main thing is that the car is going to adopt a lighter and much more capable exterior which is going to provide it great off-road capabilities and at the same time enable it to be much more fuel efficient.
The car is going to add some aluminum panels and other lightweight materials as they aim to reduce the weight in a large way. This is not something which is impossible to do as the Ford F-150 has already managed to do it and if they decided to take the page out of the F-150’s book they stand a great chance to make this happen. Furthermore, the plan is for the Wrangler to drop 700 pounds and it is a number which may be achieved.
Another thing for the car which will help it retain its off-road capabilities is the inclusion of the independent suspension system which is becoming even more likelier with each new piece of news about the car. This system is known for providing weight savings over solid axles and at the same time may provide smoother and controlled ride than the current model.
The interior is the only part of the upcoming 2017 Jeep Wrangler which has not been discussed in greater detail as much as other parts of the car. Besides the fact that the car is going to use the its own underpinnings and architecture and not borrow it from the unibody crossover from Europe, there is not much discussed about the inside of the car. The model is going to stand true to its roots with this kind of a change made and the model is not going to change it no matter what. As for the equipment and gadgets incorporated inside, we imagine that there is going to be an impressive array of added features. The model is coming to an age of modern vehicles so it is no wonder why the Wrangler may take the same direction and add some contemporary details and inclusions inside it.
The current Wrangler uses a 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline engine, but it may happen that the 2017 Jeep Wrangler goes for a change in that department. This means that they plan going to a direction of adding a diesel variant inside the Wrangler. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has also gone though the same kind of a change and we do see this as an opportunity for the Wrangler to take the same path and direction. There is also an idea of improving the current engine by adding direct fuel injection and also the possibility of downsizing it and turbocharging it also hangs in the air as well.
Release date and price
At this point the 2017 Jeep Wrangler has not confirmed its pricing as there is a lot of things that need to be determined in order for us the get the value of the car. But as some indications tell us and the review also points to an increase of price compared to the current model. You can expect the car to be out soon and the release date is going to be surely for the middle or later part of 2017.