jeep logoThe 2018 Jeep Wrangler prototype has finally been spotted out and about, and that means spy shots. Though clad in the customary camouflaging, the 2018 Wrangler prototype still betrays a few firm details about what to expect from the upcoming model, as well as fanning the flames of speculation and feeding into some truly exciting rumors. As the 2016 Jeep Wrangler’s popularity continues to grow, we expect even more attention to be directed at its upcoming heir.

What’s Staying?

You have to be careful when you’re updating the Wrangler. After all, few vehicles are so iconic. Luckily, the design team seems to have struck the right note; the basic formula and shape is the same, so this is an evolution rather than a revolution. Spy shots even revealed exposed door hinges, just like in the current model, despite that pesky camouflaging.

There’s also the distinctive raked-back windshield, although we’ve heard tales that it might have to lose its currently ability to fold down. All in all, though, the vehicle remains a body-on-frame truck with a solid front axle, and the characteristic front fascia has been deemed likely to remain. Better yet, the 2018 Wrangler will continue to be made in its longtime Toledo, Ohio, factory.

What’s Changing

The basic design and structure of the Wrangler body isn’t changing, but there has been one rumor that trumps all others: We’re now led to believe that the 2018 model will boast aluminum-intensive construction. That would lead to a drop in weight, improved performance, and radically enhanced efficiency ratings.

We’ll also be receiving a new 8-speed automatic transmission system, another addition that aims at improving fuel-economy; fear not, the Wrangler should be retaining its powerful 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, even as lesser rivals opt for 4-cylinders. However, we should be seeing two interesting additions in the future; a V6 turbo diesel and a mild-hybrid variant are expected.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Spy Shots Have Turned Heads Across the Country

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will enter production late next year, and will soon be joined by a new pickup body style. Remember to keep checking back to find out more about what you can expect from the next generation of one of the world’s foremost off-road lines.