With only a couple of months left, the new 2018 JL Wrangler is picking up steam for its release in November. In anticipation for the launch, Jeep continues to refine the new model Wrangler with more real word testing.
Our friends at the JL Wrangler Forum recently spotted a heavily camouflaged prototype on the road and confirmed several early speculations, while raising some new observations.
One of the new interior items that can been seen, is how the rear-view mirror seems to now be attached to the overhead bar and no longer attached to the windshield. This can point towards earlier speculations that the new generation’s windshield will maintain the ability to fold flat. However, having the rear-view mirror relocated would seem to indicate that the process is even easier now and safer while driving on the road.
Another interesting item that can be seen is a split window pane in the rear doors. This can indicate that the rear windows have been made larger and have a fixed piece of glass separated from the portion of the window that can be lowered. This feature is common in most SUVs and allows for more light to enter the cabin for rear seat occupants.
Lastly, you can also see that the color of this prototype Wrangler is red, which would seem to indicate that the classic red color will find its way onto the color swatch book for the upcoming Wrangler.
In preparation for the launch of the new Wrangler, the Toledo Chrysler plant has finished the production of the last Cherokee for this year at the Toledo plant and has started the retooling process.
It’s reported that the during the initial launch, the new Wrangler’s production will be primarily focused in the facility, so Chrysler has begun the process early, to give itself enough time to properly prepare for the manufacturing of both the two and four door models of the new 2018 JL Wrangler. Expectations are high as Chrysler anticipates a large influx of orders for the new Wrangler when its released.