Jeep Wrangler 2018 Will be Revealed at LA Motor Show in Mid-November
The first 2018 Wranglers are rolling off the line at Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio assembly plant in Now, with a public reveal scheduled not long after. It’s understood that the Wrangler will debut at the LA Auto Show, which means we’ll finally get to see it in the metal sometime in the last week of November. All motor loves like me, we’ve been seeing spy photos and fan-made renderings of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler for decades, but finally, we’re getting the real thing. Jeep just released the first official shots of the 2018 JL Wrangler at SEMA, giving us a surprise first look at this wildly anticipated 4×4. This, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a very welcome surprise.
Jeep only released three exterior images of the 2018 Wrangler, but they’re all revealing. The top shows a Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, while the two below show a two-door Rubicon, with doors and roof removed, and windscreen lowered. The truck looks a lot like previous Wranglers, with lots of subtle design touches added for a more modern vibe. Wrangler fans will like what they see here, and they’ll definitely be happy that the doors and roof panels can be removed, and that the windscreen can be lowered.
In fact, it looks like lowering the windscreen on the Wrangler will be easier than before. Jeep designed a new roll bar for the Wrangler that features A-pillar tubes, creating, essentially, a full cage. On previous Wranglers, the bars running along the top of the front doors had to be removed to lower the windshield, but for the JL, no disassembly is required. Interestingly, there’s also no foam padding on the 2018 Wrangler’s roll cage, a first for this model.
Images might be hitting the net but, we’ll have to wait another month for specs, pricing, and other details to be confirmed. Of course, we already have a pretty good idea of what’s coming for the Jeep Wrangler, so check out our page for the most updated info. Highlights include a much-updated interior, a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and more aluminum bodywork. This truck might look familiar, but it’s a huge technological step forward for the Wrangler.
The Wrangler is an icon, so Jeep is understandably keeping its looks very similar to the previous-generation model. The front grille is slightly more bulbous than before likely to meet pedestrian crash safety standards and the turn signals have moved to the front of the fenders. Otherwise, it’ll be instantly recognizable as a Wrangler.
Jeep’s first official photos confirm that the off-roader will still offer its trademark removable doors. We’ve also seen pictures of camouflaged prototypes with exposed door hinges, a traditional Wrangler design element that seems to confirm the new model’s doors will pop off as easily as ever. Interestingly, those same spy photos show hinges at the bottom of the windshield. Jeep’s official photos show the Wrangler’s windshield folded down too.
Rumours has been spreading that the jeep Wrangler’s interior is pretty utilitarian even in high-spec trucks, but spy photos indicate that the JL’s will be a lot nicer. It looks like the Wrangler will get Fiat Chrysler’s latest UConnect infotainment system, a welcome upgrade. Dual-zone climate control and a heated steering wheel appear to be options too.
The Wrangler will also retain its dashboard-mounted window switches, further evidence that the removable doors might remain. That dashboard is rather shallow and upright, just like older Wranglers, and it appears portions will be color-matched to the exterior paint. We’re not sure whether that’ll be a high-end option or a standard feature.