Future Cars: 2017 Auto Show Season Preview

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Jeep Wrangler

There’s been a ton of speculation about what the replacement for the 2016 Jeep Wrangler will look like, what will be under the hood, and whether there will be a pickup. We’ll probably find the answers at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January.

The current Wrangler holds the No. 15 spot out of 18 vehicles in our rankings of compact SUVs. In order to get exceptional off-road driving performance, it sacrifices much of a sense of refinement and efficiency. There’s speculation that the latter will be addressed with an optional diesel engine at some point in the redesigned Wrangler’s product cycle.

Don’t expect the new Wrangler to be revolutionary. One of the challenges that Jeep designers and engineers grapple with is how to update the iconic vehicle without messing it up. They’ve done that once, and that’s why you’ll never see a Wrangler with rectangular headlights again. We hope.

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