The old Wrangler will climb up mountains and out of the graveyard.
We already know that the next generation Jeep Wrangler, set to hit showrooms in late 2017, will keep the current off-roader's floating solid axles, body-on-frame construction, and rugged characteristics. Jeep needs to keep these features because the next Wrangler has to be as big a success as the current model. It can only do this by continuing to be the most hardcore off-roading member in the Jeep family, a family that has switched many of its other models to the popular yet less capable CUV layout.
But just in case the newest model doesn't cut it, Automotive News has uncovered that Jeep plans on producing the old Wrangler for about six months after commencing production of the new one. March of 2018 is to be the official shut off date for the production of the old Wrangler, but why the need for the production overlap? Jeep's chief Mike Manley told Automotive News that there's still unmet demand for the Wrangler both in the US and around the world. At least customers somewhere in the world will have the option to buy the older generation if they want folding front windows or if the small turbocharged engine replacing the current 3.6-liter V6 turns out to be a downgrade.