2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Price, concept, redesign… – The current Wrangler has been a constant sighting in North America and Europe ever since 2006. Since then it managed to stay pretty much unchanged but it did receive a new engine along the way as well as a lot of special edition or limited edition models. Nearly a year ago rumors started about the discontinuation of the model but this has been rapidly dismisses by Jeep. They even said that they are developing a new model with the Jeep Wrangler 2017.
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Even though there are very few details about the upcoming model, Jeep wanted to note that the Wrangler will continue as a body on frame design which should keep its off-road prowess untouched. On top of that, the car will most definitely use an aluminum body which should keep its weight down as well as it will allow Jeep to make a better to drive Wrangler than before.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Exterior Changes Specs
The first 2017 Jeep Wrangler has actually been spied a few months ago with another model being seen a few weeks back. Both cars were using identical “phone-dial” rims which are quite odd, especially for a Jeep. One of them was a four-door model with a long wheelbase while the other was a short wheelbase one. The exterior design is pretty much identical to that of the ongoing model with a few minor differences but this only suggests that the two are nothing more than development mules. On the underside of the car on the other hand things are a bit more different. Both of them seem to be using a new suspension system at the back, a new type of Dana rear axle which does seem beefier than before as well as a new exhaust line.
Also, while the exterior has not been released so far, an insider from Jeep did say a few details about the 2017 model of the Wrangler. It seems that the usual detachable windshield is going to be gone with this generation while the soft-top version which used a roll-bar will be completely removed. This is because it will likely not be able to meet all the safety requirements in the next few years.
In its place we are going to see a similar 2-door model which will have half of its roof, over the front passengers, made out of an aluminum piece. This will also act as the roll-bar of the car, while the back of it will likely be covered in ABS plastic, similar to the current option on the 2-door version of the Wrangler. The doors will also be mounted permanently to the car which is a bit of a shame but aftermarket companies are likely going to do something about this.
The same source also said that even though the bodywork will change quite a bit, the car will remain a Wrangler to its core. This could mean that the design could remain similar to the current model with a seven-slotted front grille, similar round headlights and even similar front and rear bumpers, the only actual upgrade for the car being the aluminum body which could shed up to 300 pounds with ease. Its ladder chassis will likely see strength improvements in order to compensate for the aluminum body and also to allow the car to get a better crash rating in the US and Europe.
The interior of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler on the other hand has been confirmed to be a lot more impressive than the one on the current model which is average at best. The driver as well as its passengers will sit further back on the chassis so there should be more room for a dashboard and all the electronic components behind it. This could mean that the current boxy design will be replaced by a more conservative look which could also mean that the materials will be a lot better. The base model on the other hand will continue to be offered with basic seating for up to five people, dirt resistant upholstery and manual windows. However, the dashboard will now be made out of soft materials which will be possible thanks to the fact the Wrangler will no longer be an open design.
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2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Under the Hood Specs
Under the hood of the Jeep Wrangler 2017 there are a few different engines we could see over the lifespan of the model. Many people suggest that the US version will come as standard with the updated version of the 3.6 liter naturally aspirated Pentastar V6. This received an EGR system, a new variable valve control and a new valve lift system. A new exhaust as well as a new intake have also been installed meaning that the new Wrangler will develop around 300 horsepower and up to 285 lb-ft of torque which is a small but notable improvement, especially now that it will be quite a bit lighter than before.
If they will be able to meet the US emissions standards, the Wrangler is also in line for a diesel. However, it seems that the diesel unit will not be the V6 EcoDiesel from the Ram line but rather the one on the European version of the Wrangler. This 2.8 liter inline 4 turbo-diesel is capable of producing 160 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque which is not that much but it should be sufficient for a boxy looking off-road machine that will be used mostly in off-road.
A 6 speed manual is likely going to be used as standard for both engines but a new 8 speed automatic will be offered as well. This has been seen on the Grand Cherokee and it should allow the Wrangler to keep its fuel consumption down, all while providing a wider torque curve in off-road. Just like with the ongoing model, four wheel drive will be standard and some rumors even suggested that a rear self-locking differential will also be offered on the base model which is quite an upgrade over the current Wrangler.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Price and Release date
This car was first supposed to be released to the public in the early 2015 but due to a few design difficulties, the Wrangler is now more likely to be first shown to the public some time in the late 2016 or early 2017 while the production model will only come in the late 2017. The price has been rumored to stay around $25,000 for the base model which is right where the current car is.
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