The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic and legendary mainstay of the automobile market, and it will probably also have a place in the industry thanks to its niche appeal to a cult following. However, insiders question its ability to stay up to date due to an exterior design that increasingly relies on nostalgia, as well as fuel economy numbers that are slowly falling behind the competition. Hopefully, Car and Driver’s Wrangler sneak peek at the new 2017 model will clear up some concerns.
Longtime Jeep fans won’t have to fear the possibility of their beloved Wrangler conforming to more modern design cues, retaining the rugged body-on-frame construction they know and love. However, it does sport a lighter and stronger frame, and parts of the body are rumored to be made from aluminum for an even more dramatic weight loss.
A glimpse at the underside of the 2017 Wrangler unveiled more changes, such as a new suspension and new axles. Car and Driver didn’t get any information on the engine lineup, but they speculate that a diesel engine could eventually make its way under the Wrangler’s hood.
Overall, the Wrangler sneak peek gave us a shot at seeing some of the exterior differences present between the current and upcoming models of the famous nameplate. Whether or not these will make a difference in the specs remains to be seen.