We saw spy shots of the camouflaged 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL from a distance earlier this month, well KGP Photography managed to get up close and personal with the Wrangler JL prototype and off-road.com has uploaded a few of those shots.
Even though it’s still heavily camouflaged, we can make out a few new details. First up are those exposed door hinges that looks like the Wrangler JK’s so, we can probably assume that they’ll make it into production. Another similarity is the roof design and how the doors are cut, both taking cues from the JK.
Jeep may have tried to hide the side view mirrors but the spy photographer managed to take a peek behind the bulky camo and they seem to be another part carried over from the JK as do the taillights.
Peeking out is the front diff which is connected to the radius arms, indicating that the JL will be a body-on-frame Wrangler. What this means is that the body and frame are two separated entities and as the name suggests, the separate body is then mounted to the frame. This creates an incredibly durable body with high torsional strength.
What may be updated are the headlights and side markers which could feature LEDs for a more modern touch. Also, rumor has it that owners won’t be able to fold down the raked-back windshield.
As for what’s hiding under that hood, we still don’t really know since it’s all just speculation right now. There’s been rumors of the JL getting a 300 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine internally called the Hurricane along with a hybrid and diesel variant.
When the JL is finally revealed, we can probably expect to see an evolution of its predecessor instead of a complete redesign.