Jeep Wrangler redesigned: Fiat Chrysler teases new version of SUV – USA TODAY

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles teased the much-anticipated redesigned version of the Jeep Wrangler sport-utility vehicle.

The 2018 model-year of the rugged SUV with an iconic place in American military lore bears a significant resemblance to the previous model.

Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler released three new images of the next-generation Wrangler at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show late Tuesday in Las Vegas.

The company released few details about the new Wrangler, saying that it would reveal comprehensive information and officially introduce the vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 29.

“The all-new Wrangler’s unique design includes an instantly recognizable keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps, improved aerodynamics, a convenient fold-down windshield for off-road purists, even more open-air freedom, and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations,” Fiat Chrysler said in a statement.

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Among the changes: Fiat Chrysler is expected to offer more open-air options of the Wrangler.

The vehicle will be made at the company’s plant in Toledo, Ohio, a decision that came after months of uncertainty. But that move could help the vehicle retain its title on’s 2017 list of most made-in-America vehicles.

The automaker is expected to build about 350,000 Wranglers annually as it shoots for a big boost in international sales. The company is also expected to make about 100,000 pickup truck versions of the Wrangler, but that model has not yet been revealed.

Fiat Chrysler executive Mike Manley said in 2016 that the next-generation Wrangler would be more aerodynamic and more fuel-efficient.




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