Could this picture published on AutoGuide be the rumored ‘true three-piece hardtop’ that was first mentioned back in May last year?
Spy photographers were hard at work again and they’ve recently taken a few close shots of the Wrangler prototype with what looks to be removable roof panels. We’re expecting to see a trio of new tops available for the Wrangler JL including a power soft top, hardtop glass panel similar to a panoramic sunroof and a true 3-piece steel roof hardtop. The latest photos could confirm the existence of a 3-piece roof option.
Looking closely at the prototype’s roof, you can clearly see three distinct panels with two panes covering the driver and passengers seats along with a larger one overlaying the rear passenger seats and trunk. The top also appears to be framed a few inches from the edge of the roof, which could be an indication that the roof won’t be entirely removable like the Wrangler JK. At least it’ll owners that open-air feeling whilst retaining some roll-over protection.
We still don’t know if the Wrangler JL will get a fully removable hardtop on top of the three new roof options or if it’ll simply do away with it. Perhaps Jeep will let us know before the Wrangler JL’s expected debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.