2018 JL Wrangler Unlimited Grille

Leaked! 2018 Wrangler Grille First Look

The first images of the 2018 Wrangler’s Grille have been leaked, showing a nice design departure from the JK’s grille. Originally reported on by the folks over at JL Wrangler Forums, the new JL grille is a more condensed, simpler version of the outgoing JK’s grille.

2018 JL Wrangler GrillePhotos of the grille were leaked directly to JL Wrangler Forums from an anonymous source who is allegedly a sheet metal fabricator. While this may be somewhat hard to confirm, the leaked grille seems to match up and back earlier design leaks and spy photos of the 2018 Wrangler’s front end.

2018 Wrangler Grille Design Highlights

The major changes and difference of the new JL Wrangler grille are:

  • No “Jeep” name/badging anywhere on the grille
  • No turn signals in the grille
  • Widened 7-slot design with slight bend in each slat
  • Recessed headlights that encroach in on the slats/slots of the design

While these are all relatively minor changes, they collectively work together to give the 2018 Wrangler a fresh face that draws upon past Jeep designs and mixes it with contemporary styling cues.

JL Wrangler Forums have also revised a past rendering to show what the new 2018 JL may look like with this new grille shaping the overall look of the front end (which is pictured above.

JL Grille and JK Grille
2018 JL Grille vs 2017 JK Grille

These images of the JL Wrangler’s grille join the other leaked parts and images of the 2018 Wrangler such as the ’18 Wrangler’s hood that was leaked not long ago, helping to build a much larger picture of what we can expect from the next generation redesign. At this rate, we will have seen every single part of the new Wrangler before seeing it unveiled, which is supposedly going to happen in September.

What are your thoughts on the new design of the 2018 Wrangler’s Grille? Does this fall flat or is it a welcomed redesign of an iconic front end? Comment your thoughts below!


  1. Hood should not slope forward but be raised in the front to match the vertical height of the rear to give the front end a more aggressive stance. This would require adding 2-3 inches to the height of the grill. Seven slots should be rounded at ends and elongated. The turn signal lights should be in the grill under the headlights and closer to the seven slots. The CJ7 grill is the iconic design and would really enhance the look of the new jeep. When you see a CJ7 front end on the road it really stands out!


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