New 2018 Jeep Wrangler Set To Debut at LA Auto Show! According to recent reports from AutoExpress, the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler is set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Rumor has it that this model might be Jeep’s first electrically powered model.
Mike Manley, Head of Jeep, said: “It really does move everything the Wrangler stands for forward significantly. You’ll be really surprised how far we’ve been able to move things in terms of capability, fuel economy, ride comfort, noise and all of those things. I’m very pleased with where it is.”
Speaking to the publication in regards to reports on electrification, Manley explained: “This platform is future-proofed. Like everyone we have clearly defined plans for electrification of our vehicles. As you get into the 20s it’s impossible to have a balanced fleet without a wide range of electrification – we have those plans and we have the technology. You’ll probably hear more about electrification towards the end of this year.”
In an interview at the Geneva Motor Show, Manley revealed that the next Wrangler will feature some form of hybridization. Asked directly if a hybrid would feature in the new range, he said, “Yes. We have continued our studies on hybridization for the Wrangler, and it’s a balance for us. Obviously there are loads of different hybrid technologies, from mild to 48v through to full battery-electric. For the Wrangler you need to strike the right balance; we don’t want to do something that will leave you stranded on a hillside. So for me, full battery EV is not a great fit. But hybridization works well with the brand because of the attributes that come with electric motors – not just the torque, but also the control.”