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We’re all sitting at the edge of our seats, waiting impatiently for Jeep to officially debut the JL Wrangler. Between now and its expected global debut in November, photographs of test mules are bound to pop up and MotorAuthority has recently acquired some very close up shots of the upcoming JL Wrangler.

Still under camouflage, the prototype left little to the imagination and we can clearly see the new fender-mounted LED front turn signals, an existence we knew of from previous spy shots. There’s also an updated bumper, new grille, front and rear LED lights, and a revised fuel filler cap.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of this test mule are those hinges located at the bottom corners of the windshield. Prominently on display, the suggestion of a folding windshield is supported by a clear line of divide between the windshield frame and the Wrangler’s body. Then there are the two pieces of plastic located above the hood’s bulge, positioned perfectly to support a lowered windshield and prevent it from coming in contact with the hood.

Production of the new JL Wrangler should start later this year at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ plant in Toledo, Ohio. Once the ordering books are open, customers should be able to choose between a turbocharged inline-4 and a turbocharged V-6 diesel engine.
 

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A few more changes you may not notice is that the rear license plate has moved from the tail light to the bumper, tailgate straps look to be a different color than the Wrangler, rear window wiper has moved to the bottom center and the door handles no longer have buttons.
 

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LA Auto Show is in October so its not too much longer till we finally see a production version in the flesh along with (hopefully) most of the available trims for this launch year. During that time too we should get more insight on production and on-sale date.
 

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If FCA is doing anything at Frankfurt for any of its other models, its possible that during an interview something related to the JL will come up. Even if its subtle information, for us that could mean a lot. We already know a lot, so its going to be easy to point out whats useful information or not.
 

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I'm excited to see what they've done to the interior, if they've installed those large infotainment screens just to match what seems to be the new standard these days. But I am going to miss those door buttons, won't be as satisfying without them.
 

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They didn't really take a full body picture so I have no idea if that's the two door or unlimited. Here's a picture of the red one full body and of the two door.

 

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So far looks like I will have to ditch the fenders - hopefully a budget boost and 37s could rock for a bit
 

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Pretty stable when it made that turn at the stop sign, though I can't tell if I hearing the Wrangler mule or the car that they're filming from.
 

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I can barely hear enough to distinguish which vehicle is making those sounds. Perhaps someone will get a closer video of the test mue before the JL is officially unveiled. We're just counting down the days at this point.
 

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That wrangler at the 34 second mark sure sounds a lot like a diesel, haven't heard a gasoline engine which sounds like that. If its the diesel then I hope the diesel engine sound isn't too noticeable from the cabin.
 

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The outgoing Wrangler has a pretty quiet cabin, so engine sounds filtering in shouldn't be a problem unless you add on a set of loud pipes and go for the soft top.
 

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The outgoing Wrangler has a pretty quiet cabin, so engine sounds filtering in shouldn't be a problem unless you add on a set of loud pipes and go for the soft top.
That's true among other things like a lack of maintenance which can cause some things wearing out to make unwanted noise. Part of the lack of noise complaints is the fact people don't come here with those expectations of a quiet cabin. Going forward that might change.
 

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I doubt people's expectation for the Wrangler's cabin noise level will change, and all the better because they'll be pleasantly surprised by what the Wrangler JL will offer. I'm not expecting a perfectly quiet cabin, but I think Jeep will surprise me as well.
 

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If that's really a concern then you'll have to go with a hardtop, headliners and some quieter tires depending on what the factory will be offering us.
 

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I doubt people's expectation for the Wrangler's cabin noise level will change, and all the better because they'll be pleasantly surprised by what the Wrangler JL will offer. I'm not expecting a perfectly quiet cabin, but I think Jeep will surprise me as well.
The Wrangler is starting to attract a lot of firs time buyers so with that comes a lot of firsts and things they might not be used to, but people who have always been into Jeeps won't complain and see it as normal.
 

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Now is a pretty good time to get a new Wrangler, especially with all the improvements Jeeps has made to the next gen Wrangler. The new body will be a lot lighter thanks to an increase use of aluminum, meaning greater fuel economy, and the interior is a lot nicer even if it's still pretty utilitarian compared to other SUVs.
 

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The next time we get a large update like this could take another decade. I think the JK started as a 2007 model year, so that's around 10 year for us to get the JL.
 

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We'll most likely get the JL and then more and more editions will be added as time goes on, similar to the JK. Not much as changed when it comes to design even though the Wrangler hasn't received a prominent update in so long.
 
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