We’ve heard rumors, seen spy photos, and enjoyed artist’s renderings of the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, but thanks to one Jeep insider reporting to JL Wrangler Forums, we now have concrete evidence of what the new off-roader will look like.
Allegedly leaked from inside the Toledo, Ohio, assembly facility that will produce the SUV, these images of a Wrangler Unlimited prove a few things. The grainy photos show slightly more aerodynamic styling, with a raked windshield, sculpted fender flares, and a vented hood giving the JL some visual verve.
The images also show that the forum’s earlier rendering (shown above) was very close to the real thing. The Wrangler JL will feature a fender vent just aft of the wheel arch, and a chamfered character line that runs just underneath the beltline will replace the slab-sided styling of the current Wrangler JK. As JL Wrangler Forums points out, this character line hearkens back to the first- and second-generation Wrangler (YJ and TJ, in Jeep-speak).
Also on full display in these grainy, quick-take photos is the new Wrangler’s turn signal–repeater mirrors and available soft top, the latter of which was suggested to return in the leaked dealer order form. We’re glad to see Jeep will still offer a fully open version of the four-door; as one of the few five-seat convertibles on the market, the Wrangler Unlimited is the ultimate family-fun vehicle.
The 2018 Wrangler JL will be revealed in November at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, with retail sales to begin in the first part of next year. We expect the “JT” pickup version to arrive about a year later.
Source: JL Wrangler Forums