Long live the original.
Rest assured, Jeep Wrangler fans. Things are only looking up for the upcoming redesigned Wrangler, which should arrive sometime in 2017 as an ’18 model. We can now confirm, courtesy of Automotive News, that Jeep isn’t turning the Wrangler into a crossover disguised as an SUV. No, the new Wrangler will once again be the off-roader we love because it’ll keep the floating solid axles. Yes, that means body-on-frame construction instead of a switch to an independent front and/or rear suspension in effort to reduce weight.
Huge sigh of relief right there. Although we were fairly sure Fiat Chrysler wouldn’t dare turn the Wrangler into a crossover, it was widely known that the next-gen Wrangler needs to go on a diet and improve its aerodynamics in order to boost fuel economy. Like so many other automakers, turning SUVs into crossovers was the easiest solution, such as the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder. But no, the Wrangler will stay to true to its heritage. Long live the original Jeep.