2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
According to a recent story from Automotive News, the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will not move to an independent suspension design and will retain floating solid axles. The next version of the Wrangler, expected to be a 2018 model that we should see in late 2017, will reportedly receive suspension updates to improve the SUV’s fuel economy and its on- and off-road ride.

Over the years, Jeep has used an independent suspension design on many vehicles in its lineup, including the Grand Cherokee (which used to feature solid axles), the new Cherokee, and its new Renegade, but off-road purists will be relieved to know that lifting the new Wrangler and stuffing larger tires underneath it will not be an issue. Automotive News also says the new Wrangler will feature an aluminum body to reduce weight and help improve fuel economy. A new eight-speed transmission will also be featured on the Wrangler, according to Securities and Exchange Commission documents.

Whew! The next-gen Wrangler will still feature solid axles, and that's great news for off-roaders and the aftermarket.

Whew! The next-gen Wrangler will still feature solid axles, and that’s great news for off-roaders and the aftermarket.

There’s been a great deal of speculation about the new power plant in the next-gen Wrangler, as sister site AutoGuide.com explored the possibility of a hybrid motor, while Automotive News touches on FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne saying the Wrangler will feature a turbocharged motor and that’s smaller and more powerful than the current 3.6-liter V6.

There’s plenty we still don’t know about the next version of the Wrangler, but Jeepers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief that it will still retain the off-road capability for which the vehicle is known.

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Mike February 17th, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Yuck. If I have to see another poorly done HDR picture, I will puke. Lame photographers.

ballsdeep February 17th, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Looks like Jeep will continue beating the crap out of toyota for a couple more years.

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