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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Spotted



Still under wraps, the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL was captured on camera by Carscoops reader Brett Borgard.

Spy photographers have already spotted the JL on numerous occasions and every time, we seem to find a new feature of the highly anticipated off-road SUV. We’re expecting to see a new exterior and interior design with acronymic improves made to the Wrangler styling.

Most likely a steeper raked windshield, front fender vents, a new hardtop, and a rumored power retractable roof. But under all the new changes still beats the heart of a Wrangler as the front facia will still be recognizable and retain elements of that iconic Wrangler look.

Fuel economy will also see an improvement with aluminum components used more liberally to reduce the vehicle’s weight. The material could be used in the hood, doors, and tailgate though no official comment has been released by Jeep yet.

Jeep has been tight lipped about the JL’s engine offerings too, though we can expect to see a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine with an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. There’s also the new 2.0-liter turbocharged ‘Hurricane’ four-cylinder engine which could make its way into the JL and a hybrid variant set to arrive around 2021.

One new element the spy shots managed to capture are the Wrangler JL’s taillights, which are not sporting the Renegade X motif some of you were hoping for. Instead, they look similar if not exactly the same as those found on the current gen Wrangler.

We should get our questions answered at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show where Jeep is expected to debut the new 2018 Wrangler JL.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 09:10 AM
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The tail light thing is definitely noticeable but considering the sizing of them and what not, it's possible that if they're the same size, they could just have the older style in there and easily replace it ?
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 09:20 AM
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Well, we never really got confirmation that the X lights were going to appear on the Wrangler, just the hope that they would. I honestly couldn't care less about the taillights since the headlights are more important.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 09:32 AM
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At this point, there's not much else to be seen from spy shots. The mule coverings haven't really changed or uncovered anything new, maybe the standard rim and tires but that's pretty much it.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 10:07 AM
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Didn't we see photos of an X light tail light though. And I place tail lights and headlights in the same category of importance as they can both be replaced with ease. Not that big of a deal at all.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 09:34 AM
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I thought those pictures was of the Renegade's rear, used as an example. Can't recall ever seeing a spy shot of the X lights on the test mule.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-20-2017, 04:32 PM
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I'll try to find it but I'm almost positive I seen it. But even in the dealers leaked images of the teasers, you can clearly see 4 main points of lighting and no white portions on it. The front end presented in that image also shown something that looks like LED headlights so I'm pretty sure it goes hand in hand.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-24-2017, 06:46 PM
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Although we haven't seen a test mule with those X lights, maybe renderings, what we do know is there's potential for it.

The easiest way they can separate trims even more are with things like this, the stuff you can change easily, bolt on/bolt off.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-26-2017, 08:27 AM
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I assume trims will be separated by suspension, various accessories and headlights more than taillights. honestly couldn't care less when it comes to the rear unless the lights aren't bright enough for when I need to back up during the night.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-26-2017, 12:53 PM
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Design matters to me a bit so knowing what various trims will be getting holds some importance. Odds are these lights will be LED even from the base model so you might not have to worry at all about brightness. Even regular halogens will do just fine, JK's run them.
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