There are iconic cars, and then, there are Jeeps. They’ve been around for decades, and are about as American as apple pie itself. So we can’t be only ones excited to see Jeep tease the new 2018 Wrangler. There’s been whispers of the Wrangler getting a redesign for years, and every few years Jeep does roll out an update and new features. But the 2018 Wrangler promises to be even more; you can’t tell much just from the outside, but next year’s model will be built on a new JL chassis, the first new generation since the JK debuted in 2007.
The classic Jeep facade and slotted grille will remain, as will both the 2-door and 4-door builds. You’ll still be able to remove the doors and roof, and fold down the windshield, before hitting those desert trails. There are a few more subtle design differences, too, such as a slightly shorter hood and curved rollbar. From above, you can see a slightly updated, sleeker shape, as well as new vents on the hood and slightly more rounded edges.
Overall, the 2018 Wrangler Rubicon isn’t all that different. Sleeker and a bit more modern, but otherwise the same. But that’s a good thing; why mess with a classic of American cars? There are hints at a long-rumored hybrid option, among other possibilities for engines. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a diesel option, too.
But that’s all we know right now; Jeep will unveil even more details at the LA Motor Show at the end of the month.