Spied: 2008 Jeep Wrangler
Photography by Brenda Priddy & Company, Editors of Motor Trend
After years of showing concepts for what the next Wrangler could look like, including the memorable all-wheel-steer, twin-Hemi Hurricane, Jeep is preparing to unveil the production model. The "TK" Wrangler draws heavily on the styling from the Gladiator pickup concept, giving crisp edges to a very heritage-rich design. Building on the success of the Wrangler Unlimited, and great reaction to the Jeep Dakar concept, the TK will launch as a two-door model to be followed by a four-door variant. Base engine is expected to be a 2.4L I-4, with the Liberty-sourced 3.7L V-6 replacing (finally!) the long-lived 4.0L inline six. The longer-wheelbase model is expected to be offered with a 4.7L V-8, giving it greater hill climbing and towing ability. While rumors circulate about the Wrangler moving to an independent front suspension, we expect this Trail Rated icon to continue to use solid axles, front and rear. So, the formula remains the same, but the new Wrangler promises to gain some much needed refinement without losing its rugged charm.