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Wrangler on the road

by David Zatz on

Production of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler is drawing ever closer, and as it does, more and more prototypes are being spotted and photographed. They are rather hard to miss.

The Wrangler is shaping up to be almost exactly as Allpar sources have been saying — similar to the current models in appearance and basic design, with upgraded axles, attempts to reduce weight and aerodynamic drag, new powertrain options, eight speed automatics (and continuing stick-shifts), and new electronics.

The Wrangler’s superior off-road capability will remain unchanged, or be improved, according to our sources.

Expected changes to safety rules have brought a strengthening of the former “sport bar” and window frame, so they will have structural reinforcement and rollover protection duties as well. While the Wrangler’s basic look will remain similar, higher structural rigidity from making these components stronger may help reduce flexing, and perhaps make roofs easier to install.

2019 Wrangler in camouflage

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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