With that, let’s break down the significant changes here assuming this really is the next face of the Jeep Wrangler:
-There’s no room for a “Jeep” badge. It’s either 86’ed completely or moved up to the hood, the latter of which seems more likely.
-Headlights eat into the grille slots. This suggests the slots themselves are wider, and calls back to the pre-“Wrangler” CJ Jeep style of the 1970s and early 80s.
-No more blinkers below the headlights. Past hints and leaks have indicated that the turn signal lights will be LED strips on the fenders in the next Jeep Wrangler, as opposed to circles on the face.
-The kink in the grille slots curving inward is reminiscent of the first Jeep to be called “Wrangler,” the YJ style, which most famously had square headlights and ran from the late 1980’s into the 1990’s.
-The whole grille-surround piece is significantly wider at the top than the current unit, suggesting the front fenders will be noticeably reshaped as well.
Comparing it to what we see in spy shots, that alone is convincing me its the real deal. the only thing its missing is a lower cut out under the headlamp cut out. So this picture got taken by someone that pulled it from a Jeep Facility or even some company they contracted the job out to, which isn't entirely out of the norm for a car maker to do.With that breakdown above, it does seem that this is indeed the new Wrangler grill. I really don't mind if the badge is moved or even just removed completely for that matter. Regardless, you know it's a Jeep.. no questioning that
If the front end will have the same lighting setup as the JK, that means we should expect that spot to be filled. Fitting LEDs in the existing setup is possible, just depends on your wallet and how far you're willing to go.Since there's so much space under the headlight cutout, would it be possible to fit an extra set of small LED headlights there for those dark off-roading nights?