Online renders and spy shots have made one thing clear: the next-gen Jeep Wrangler, codenamed Wrangler JL, is not taking any risks in the visual department. Even Jeep’s boss Mike Manley made this stance pretty clear earlier this year.
And why’s that? Well, it’s because the automaker is listening to its customers, and the Wrangler is one nameplate you don’t mess around with.
If folks like it a certain way, keep it that way – and it seems that they like for the off-roader to retain its current styling.
FCA can be blamed for many things, but it would be unfair to accuse it of not caring what consumers think. There’s a reason why we’re going to have a Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2018, and why sedans are dying out in the automaker’s lineup.
It’s merely obliging the wishes of consumers, and of course consumers vote with their wallets. They want more crossovers? Here, have the Jeep Renegade and a brand new Compass. Want more mid-size pickup trucks? Okay, one Wrangler Pickup coming right up. Still not enough? Sure, let’s work on a mid-size Ram as well.
With that in mind, don’t expect the next-gen Wrangler to shake up the status quo. Instead of having more fun with design ideas and exploring different aesthetics for the future, the 4×4 is going to be more or less the same in the visuals department.
Anyway, it’s still a good thing that Jeep is being sensitive to its customers, as the Wrangler already looks as amazing as it possibly could at the moment. Besides, there are other things to look forward to, such as a much lighter and secure ride along with an exciting new 300hp turbo-four and possibly a hybrid option.