Well, here it is, sort of: Our first look at an uncovered, un-camouflaged 2018 JL Jeep Wrangler comes courtesy of a fairly terrible photograph, but a few details are still discernible. It appears a JL Wrangler Forum member caught the red Jeep rolling off the assembly line at Jeep’s plant in Toledo, Ohio.
First off, we have confirmation of a small fender vent next to what looks like a higher quality plastic fender flare arch than what the current Wrangler employs. Moving along down the side of the truck, body-colored hinges are new, as are the traditional looking door handles. Before, the Wrangler had a large push-button mechanism to open the door. The side windows are mounted higher than a JK, and the hood is fairly flat, with a vent in it, too.
A vented hood was what you might see on a JK Rubicon, but this is most likely a sport trim model
Most of these newly learned bits are consistent with what leaked images and renderings have shown. Expect a gasoline V6, turbo four-cylinder and diesel to be the powertrain options when the new Wrangler officially debuts. We learned last week that the JL will be getting a full-time four-wheel-drive system called Selec-Trac we’re eager to know even more about as well.