Blurry pictures of the Wrangler JL’s front facia has been uploaded on Autoblog and they reportedly came from a Jeep dealer meeting where the automaker was briefing employees on their future product lineup.
From the looks of it, Jeep has kept the iconic seven-slot grille and round headlights (probably LED or HID). They may have even borrowed the JK Wrangler Rubicon’s wheel design. What Jeep has added are LED light bars attached to the front fenders and X design taillights from the Renegade crossover.
There’s no side profile on display, but we’ll most likely see a more tapered roofline and raked-back windshield for improved aerodynamics and increased fuel efficiency. The front of the Wrangler may also be longer than the current outgoing model if the rumors about a wrongly shipped hood is true.
Maybe, the 2018 Wrangler JL needed a bit more space to house its potential engines including a turbocharged Hurricane four-cylinder. We know that the Wrangler JL will come with at least one gas engine and a diesel option that will most likely be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Jeep will probably offer a manual gearbox too.
We may see the Wrangler JL make an appearance next year, maybe even at the Detroit auto show in January.