2018 Jeep Wrangler
Jeep has released the first official images – three in all - of the all-new 2018 Wrangler JL at a news conference held late yesterday at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. And while the images show that it's unmistakably a Jeep with a look similar to the current-gen JK model, there are a number of key differences.
Two of the images were of a red two-door Wrangler, while the third was of a four-door Wrangler Unlimited Sahara model.
Outside, the grille shape is familiar, although the upper third is canted inward for improved aerodynamics. The headlights are recessed into the grill behind flush-mounted covers, while the front bumper features recessed fog lights with chrome surround trim.
Along the sides, a vent has been placed just behind the front fender, while an overhead shot shows a pair of vents on the outboard edges of the hood. In a break from past models, a sculpted character line follows the beltline from the A-pillar to the tailgate.
An interesting note: the side shot shows the windshield folded forward with the A-pillar still in place – something noted in the press release:
"The most capable SUV ever delivers even more legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, a modern design that stays true to the original, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, more open-air options, and is loaded with more safety features and advanced technology than ever before. The all-new Wrangler's unique design includes an instantly recognizable keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps, improved aerodynamics, a convenient fold-down windshield for off-road purists, even more open-air freedom, and dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations. Additional images and complete vehicle information will be available November 29 at the Los Angeles Auto Show."
Earlier in October, Jeep CEO Mike Manley had let it slip to UK magazine Auto Express that the Wrangler would make its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to the Toledo Blade, the president of UAW Local 12 confirmed that pre-production examples of the new model have already started rolling off the line at Jeep's Toledo South plant, while regular production will begin this month (November).