Just after Jeep announced LED headlights for the 2017 Wrangler, a 2018 JL Wrangler was spied with LED headlights and fender lights. Originally reported on by our friends over at JLWranglerForums.com, the a next gen Wrangler test mule was photographed with its LED (light-emitting diode) headlights and fender lights on underneath its body camouflage.
The new face of the 2018 Wrangler is retaining the classic rounded headlights that have become a hallmark of the Wrangler, but they are getting a 21st century makeover. Super bright LED lights freshen up the iconic look, but the addition of two bright LED strip lights along the top of the wheel arches/fenders add a new twist to the front fascia.
The fender lights work really well to define the front end of the JL Wrangler, bringing a welcomed update to the Wrangler’s face. It would be nice to see this look camouflage free, but it looks like we are going to have to wait a little bit more for that.
This updated ’18 Wrangler front end comes right on the heels of FCA announcing that the final production year of the 2017 Wrangler will receive LED headlights.
2017 Wrangler LED Headlights
For the first time in Wrangler history, the new 2017 Wrangler will feature LED headlamps and fog lights. The LED headlamps are expected to come standard on both Sahara and Rubicon models for both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.
Models such as the Wrangler Sport and Wrangler Sport S will have the option to upgrade to the LED headlights for an additional $595. The new upgrade will replace the old and outdated halogen bulbs as we prepare for the new remodeled 2018 Wrangler.
To shed some light on these new headlamps (pun intended), the FCA US released details about the headlamps to the public in a recent press release which focused on safety. The new LED lights will “generate high-beam light output that is 90 percent greater than the halogen lamps in prior models; low-beam output also jumps 63 percent” and draw “67 percent” less power, giving Wrangler enthusiasts the ability to run more lights and accessories.
The Wrangler community has been eagerly awaiting the LED headlamp as it is a common upgrade for modern Wranglers to replace the dim, out-of-style halogen bulbs. Jeep hit the ball out of the park with this upgrade by giving enthusiasts a sleek, modern alternative to the traditional Wrangler headlamp.
Sure, you can always swap out the bulbs on the halogen housing to do a cheap LED upgrade but will not be as effective due to the fact that the traditional housing will not project light as far and the modern alternative. The housing for the 2017 Wrangler headlights will also be improved by creating maximum performance and light output, giving the users of LED lights every possible advantage, on and off the road.
Along with the new lights, FCA US announced a redesign in structure for their vehicles. A newer, stronger, lighter steel is expected to improve crash-worthiness and weight reduction which in return, will improve fuel efficiency and performance overall.
The redesign will also include 75 driver-assist features which include structural system technology, driver warning and assist, chassis control, brake systems, occupant restraint technology, lighting and visibility systems and emergency connectivity. This update goes above and beyond LED headlights, for the full list check out the press release by clicking here.
With the re-structure in Wrangler design which includes new LED headlamps, new steel construction and 75 driver-assist features we can expect to see these advancements in the remolded 2018 Wrangler. Stay tuned as more and more details are released on the secret 2018 Wrangler.