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The Best Look Yet at the New Jeep Wrangler JL 2- and 4-Door

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 9/11/2017 Andrew Wendler
2018 Jeep Wrangler (spy photo) The Best Look Yet at the New Jeep Wrangler JL 2- and 4-Door

Attention Jeep freaks, citizens of Toledo, and any additional generally interested individuals with a pulse: The arrival of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is so close we can almost taste it. After a couple years of speculation, some wild, some not so much, it’s clear the hard decisions have been made. Production is scheduled to begin in November of this year, and Jeep is putting lots of miles on preproduction Wrangler JLs before the assembly line spools up in earnest. That enabled us to snag these latest images of a four-door Unlimited hardtop and a two-door softtop in what looks to be Rubicon trim.

Now the Jeep is down to wearing just a minimum of digital-patterned vinyl wrap, so we get a full view of the front bumper that until now has been obscured by a loose-fitting drape that had us wondering if Jeep had something embarrassing to hide. To the relief of many, it doesn’t veer too far from the shape and style of the current unit. Also notable is the presence of a slightly domed hood with a pair of vents; we’re not sure if this is the new stock hood or a slightly tamer take on the current Wrangler’s Power Dome hood. The digital camo pattern makes it difficult to determine if the two hoods are 100 percent identical, but these are preproduction mules so it wouldn’t be odd for certain details of removable parts to be slightly off.

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Clearly visible on both vehicles are hinges for the folding windshield, as well as the rubber bump stops on the hood to ward off metal-and-glass to metal contact. Likewise, both wear lower guards similar to the base Rock Rails of the current Wrangler that were absent on the Wrangler seen in the recently leaked factory photo. In terms of overall exterior development, one of the most significant advancements is how well the softtop now is integrated into the Wrangler's overall shape. Although Jeep is still running camo on the rear windows, we got a pretty good peek at the Wrangler’s front passenger compartment a while back.

The Best Look Yet at the New Jeep Wrangler JL 2- and 4-Door© Andrew Wendler The Best Look Yet at the New Jeep Wrangler JL 2- and 4-Door

With most of the JL Wrangler’s exterior secrets now bared to the world, our interest turns to the mechanicals, including the expected diesel, hybrid, and turbocharged four-cylinder models. We’ll have answers to all our remaining questions when the 2018 Jeep Wrangler debuts later this year at the Los Angeles auto show.

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