In terms of SUVs, there might not be an automaker in the world with more beloved models than Jeep®, with the Jeep Wrangler right at the head of the pack. Something about this boxy off-road legend just gets Wallingford, CT customers excited, which is why it’s easy to understand why Car and Driver magazine would include the forthcoming next-generation Wrangler among their “25 Cars Worth Waiting For” article.

There are, of course, a number of reasons why this would be the case, but first and foremost it starts with the fact that even before a major redesign, these are incredibly popular SUVs. In fact, Jeep sold 200,000 Wrangler models in 2015 alone, which shows why the automaker would want to make sure they got the next iteration of the vehicle right. Based on everything we’ve heard about it, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Setting aside the possibility of a Wrangler-based pickup truck, which is something we’ve been asked about here at Executive Dodge Jeep RAM for years, the Jeep Wrangler update will come with some nice new upgrades. These are likely to include lighter materials to cut weight and improve efficiency, as well as a new steel frame that should help preserve its place as one of the most respected off-road vehicles in the world. We also could have hybrid and turbo-diesel engines to look forward to, giving buyers even more options when buying their new SUV.

We’re probably 15-18 months away from this vehicle actually arriving at your friendly neighborhood Jeep dealership, Executive Dodge Jeep, but that won’t stop us from being excited about it. The good people at Car and Driver obviously are, too, but none of us are quite as thrilled as the customers who ultimately will purchase them.