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2018 Jeep Wrangler | spy pics

A prototype of Jeep's next-generation four-door Wrangler has been spotted only months before the production version is expected to makes it global debut.

While it's impossible to see the new Wrangler's suspension from this angle, it is known that it will keep its old-school solid front axle and ladder frame chassis. This is likely to keep the Wrangler purists happy and ensure the vehicle stays a highly-capable off roader.

Despite the more sensitive areas of the Wrangler being shrouded by the black ‘doonas', we can see that the spare wheel will still be worn on the tailgate. The windscreen in this new incarnation of the Wrangler looks to more heavily raked and fixed and won't fold open as in the current model.

The new Wrangler will have a longer wheel base – that'll create more room for people inside but also the much-needed space for an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission which will replace the previous five-speed. 

While the Wrangler's body will continue to be mainly made of steel Jeep plans to help the SUV lose weight by using aluminum where possible.

The current 3.6-litre V6 will remain the hero engine of the line-up, but word on the street is it could be joined by a V6 supercharged diesel and wait for it – a hybrid powerplant, later on.

With the current Wrangler is now a decade years old, FCA Australia PR boss communications Lucy McLellan said Jeep was looking forward to having the new Wrangler's arrival.

"At this stage, it would be premature to comment on product-specifics and local arrivals. Stay tuned."

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