2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited spy shots

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A prototype for Jeep’s next-generation Wrangler has been spotted.

The latest shots show a prototype for the four-door Wrangler Unlimited while earlier shots showed a test mule for the two-door Wrangler.

Both are due late next year as 2018 models.

From the shots, it’s clear the design of the new Wrangler will be evolutionary.

Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept, 2016 Easter Jeep Safari

Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept, 2016 Easter Jeep Safari

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The boxy silhouette of the new Wrangler, the JL series, looks almost identical to the current JK model. Up front will be round lights and a slatted grille while out back we can see square-shaped taillights similar to those on the current model.

We can also see similar door cut-lines to the current model, helping to retain the familiar rugged design cues of past Wranglers. Other signature Wrangler cues include the extended front bumper, exposed door hinges and chunky side mirror caps.

The new Wrangler will enter production late next year at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ [NYSE:FCAU] plant in Toledo, Ohio. Jeep will eventually add a pickup bodystyle to the range. Jeep’s Crew Chief 715 concept unveiled earlier in the year hints at what’s to come.

The new pickup bodystyle won’t be the only significant change to the Wrangler. A 6-speed manual should remain standard but we’re hearing an 8-speed automatic will be available. We can also look forward to a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine offered alongside a V-6. And further down the track there will be diesel and even hybrid options.

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