We have all heard the rumors, the speculation, and some of the SCARY things that Jeep may or may not have in store for us with the new model Wranglers due out soon, here is some more fuel for the fire!
Jeep is planning world domination of the SUV market over the next five years with the 2014 Renegade, an all-new replacement for the Compass and Patriot in 2016, redesigns of the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee in 2017, and a Suburban-sized SUV reviving the Grand Wagoneer badge in 2018.
The small SUV that replaces the Patriot and Compass will be launched to coincide with Jeep’s 75th anniversary, but I wouldn’t count on any commemorative insane off-roader. Jeep has made it clear that the Wrangler, which CEO Mike Manley described as a “bookend” in his presentation about Jeep’s future, will be Jeep’s singular “extreme off-road” application.
Off-road ability and customization aren’t going away… so they say.
Last year Jeep CEO Mike Manley told Car & Driver his company wants to keep the next Wrangler “easy to customize” and maintain the “halo-qualities” its off-road abilities bless the brand with, and his message hasn’t changed since.