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
The street tires and lack of a hardtop with roof rails are making us think that all the trim levels will be getting a vented hood for the JL. Sitting on the vented hood are hood bumpers to allow the windshield to lie flat on it, so even though the new windshield is raked much more than it was before, it’s still going to be foldable when you feel like eating some bugs.
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.