It seems the closer we get to the official unveiling of Jeep’s redesigned 2018 JL Wrangler, more and more layers are revealed. Recent spy shots, originally reported on by our friends over at JLWranglerForums, highlight key design elements that help paint a clearer picture of Jeep’s overall design direction, here are some notable changes.
One of the earliest rumors revolving the redesign was Jeep’s intent to make the 2018 JL Wrangler more aerodynamic to help with fuel efficiency, this meant that the windshield would have be positioned at a steeper angle. The nearly upright design was always considered an iconic trait for the wrangler, couple with the versatility to fold the windshield down.
The fear over an angled windshield was that it would be in a static position. Thankfully, recent spy shots clearly show an angled windshield, but also brackets and hinges, indicating the ability to still fold it down, along with hints of grab bars along the interior A pillars, which indicate the possibility of making the process of folding the windshield easier. This is good news for fuel economy and hardcore enthusiast, but also insurance companies left with the burden to constantly replace windshields that have become notorious magnets for rocks, due to the upright design and inability to deflect debris properly.
Among the most exciting bits of new information taken from recent spy shots, is an updated roof line/hardtop. Past rumors have eluded to several top options, including a traditional soft top with a possible motorized option and a modular 3-piece hardtop with interesting changes.
The spy photos seem to indicate the lack of a separation along the rear C-Pillar and back windows. The separation typically would be the detachment point when removing the hardtop. The elimination of a separation line would seem to indicate that the hardtop will be a permanent and solid roof structure, while still retaining the ability to only remove the freedom panels. In addition, rain dip rails still run along the length of the top.
Understandably, as seen with the hard top, the redesign involves a certain amount of a cosmetic makeovers along with the functional ones, up until recently most spy photos showcased heavily camouflaged exteriors. Recent photos clearly highlight several key noticeable upgrades, such as a bulging hood and a larger air dam that runs along the bottom of the front bumper (in part to help with aerodynamics and fuel economy).
Higher-angled and rounded fenders, which could possibly accommodate larger tire sizes from the factory and wider, more robust running boards fill out the sides. Finally, one of the most recent discoveries point towards a rear-view camera, which would be a much needed upgrade for the Wrangler lineup.
Although these recent spy photos help form an overall styling direction that Jeep might be taking with the Wrangler, they are still unconfirmed and could possibly change. Nonetheless, the general philosophy of putting a priority on fuel economy remains consistent throughout all the recent leaks and spy photos. Needless to say, the new 2018 JL Wrangler will have a significant facelift, but still maintain the iconic look that has made the Wrangler a popular vehicle throughout the years.
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