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  • Image Credit: Jeep
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Jeep is hard at work on the next-generation Wrangler, though the truck is still a few years from hitting the trails. The new model will still be aimed at off-roaders, but rumors suggest it will be a little more comfortable than previous versions to appeal to more people.

According to Road and Track, Jeep is developing a power-retractable top as an expensive option for the Wrangler. There is no word if the top in question is a sliding canvas rollback like the ones found on many European vehicles or a full convertible hardtop or softtop, nor do we know whether it would be made available on two- or four-door models. It might be a nice feature for some buyers but would certainly add complexity to a truck already known for its ruggedness. We asked Jeep for confirmation, but Jeep spokesperson Todd Goyer could only remind us that the company "can't comment about future products."

In news that is likely to irk the faithful, R&T reports the next model may also ditch its folding windshield for improved safety and possibly even get rid of its rear-mounted, full-size spare tire. The new Wrangler won't go completely soft, though, and will reportedly still feature removable doors and solid axles.


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      GR
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm not a Wrangler owner, but would like to be some day if I can get back into offroading again. However, one of the problems with Wranglers these days is the price. I know they have great resale value, but they are getting up there new. It's almost hard to justify the increases in price. These used to be rather bare-bones, no-bull offroaders, but now it seems they are catering more and more to the general public and many end up as mall-crawlers. I have seen some real fakes with all the mods, but not a spec of mud or dirt underneath. While a power roof option may be cool, it's not really staying true to the Wrangler's core fan base or it's historical origin: a small and fast military vehicle. Jeep's got to do what they got to do to sell them, but their increased prices over the years have me rather discouraged.
      Jordan White
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm surprised they're considering dropping the rear mounted spare (like every other SUV seems to be) since there's no where else to put it, and I consider it a design feature that I actually like on a vehicle.
        William Flesher
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jordan White
        I really doubt they would given the choice. My guess is that safety regulations and crash testing might require Them to drop the folding windscreen and rear-mounted spare. The rear spare could and probably would be available as on option or accessories. Kinda like the power top mentioned.
      herrstreet
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think even a manual top is fine but anything they can do to make it more durable and simpler in operation is probably a really good idea. Jeep people like the simplicity and toughness of the vehicle, but making the soft top more livable would definitely take away one major reason to skip the car for something more practical.
      Justin Gassaway
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hope they don't lose the outside spare
        Kristopher Derentz
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin Gassaway
        Agreed its a trademark look to a wrangler
        vivaldi59
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin Gassaway
        Why not? The OEM are useless and need to be ditched 75% of the time for big Sirius off-road, wheel & tires!
      Basil Exposition
      • 10 Months Ago
      I am torn on this one. I have a Wrangler and also a Thunderbird with a power top and I gotta say, if you don't have a garage at home or work, the power top sure makes things easy. I end up top down more in the Thunderbird than I do in the Wrangler. On the other hand, I don't like adding gadgets and complexity to what is supposed to be a spartan off-roader. And that flip down windshield sure is cool at the drive-in. I guess in the end I am cool with either setup as long as they keep the removable doors.
      zack_falcon
      • 10 Months Ago
      I don't see why not, as long as it stays as an option. A power top already exists, and not only is it expensive, it is also complex, and relatively fragile - definitely not for the "shake your bolts off" off road. I'd, instead, appreciate a lighter hard top. Seriously, the current hard top weighs like a motorcycle or something - very tedious to put on and off. They don't even have grab handles. I'm 50/50 on the folding windshield. A lot of people don't fold the windshield on the JK's (compared to the YJs and TJs), but that's because it was poorly designed. It could've been made easier to fold, and screwed in to an integrated roll-cage. But the full-size spare tire must be retained, at least for the Rubicon model.
      AzureStarline
      • 10 Months Ago
      The "faithful" need to get over it. I have a 2012 Sahara, for what it's worth. The rugged-but-inhospitable Wrangler of old cannot make a business case for itself in today's market. For that, we will always have restorations, classics, etc. This rumor about power tops is interesting. Didn't some aftermarket company release a power soft top for the Unlimited?
      marv.shocker
      • 10 Months Ago
      Really? What's next, a perfume dispenser? Stop being such nancy-boys, Jeep...
      SquareFour
      • 10 Months Ago
      And so it begins... Honestly though, who didn't see this coming? I mean, these are the days of the "projected image", when people only want to look the part, but not actually play the part.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 10 Months Ago
      They should just not bother. We've wanted a diesel for decades and still don't have one. They stopped being "Jeep" a long time ago.
      jcar302
      • 10 Months Ago
      Went to hawaii last year, 4 islands, 4 different jeeps no mileage over 40,000. Ranging from loaded 4 door to base 2 door. Thought it was going to be cool tooling around in the sun in a jeep. It was, for the first hour after that it got tiresome real quick. Fun toy or second vehicle, but no way in hell i'd use one as a daily driver. So any updating to make it more comfortable would be a welcome change.
        SquareFour
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jcar302
        Don't own a Wrangler then. There are plenty of comfortable CUVs out there.
        Kristopher Derentz
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jcar302
        I daily drive my JKU as well as play with it in the dirt (there is a lot of it around Las Vegas). I must say as someone that owns a hardtop JK and rented a 2 door soft top one while in Hawaii I understand why you could feel that way as its night and day difference between having a hardtop and soft top. Its just a PIA to remove the hardtop so I never really take it off.
      CPF
      • 10 Months Ago
      When I read, "more comfortable" and in another article more aerodynamic I began to become worried. I keep hoping the Italians would improve the power which they did, I was like cool but if they start messing with the lines of the wrangler and turn this into another cookie cutter sissy yuppie SUV I will be really annoyed. Only time will tell.
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