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.