Itâ€™s been rumored and reported on for months, but we now know what the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will look like.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spiced up HalloweenÂ â€” and made Wrangler aficionados’ dayÂ â€” by confirming in photos the design of the two- and four-door JL Wrangler. Purists should breathe a sigh of relief.
FCA also released a brief press release late Tuesday, but itâ€™s sparse on any details that canâ€™t be seen in the photos. That means no confirmation of powertrains, transmissions, or specifications. The only truly key detail thatâ€™s been confirmed is the available fold-down windshield, but then again, thatâ€™s one feature that was almost certain to carry forward from the previous Wranglers.
Jeepâ€™s statement also confirmed there will be a lot of available door, windshield, and roof combinations. That, too, isnâ€™t a shocker.
Alas, there was nary a mention of the Wrangler pickup truck.
Itâ€™s unclear why FCA chose to release these pictures on Halloween while many of us were either trick or treating, partying, or watching the World Series, but it likely coincides with Mopar releasing a bunch of aftermarket parts for the 2018 Wrangler as part of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show taking place in Las Vegas this week.
At first glance, the pics show styling that favors evolution over revolution. The JL Wrangler looks a lot like the current JK Wrangler, but with more slope to the hood and a more-rounded grille.
It looks like the front windshield folds down much more easily, and the A-pillar stays in place when the windshield is folded. Turn signals move to the front fenders and a vent appears behind the front fenders.
One photo appears to show a manual transmission, manual transfer case, and hand-activated emergency brake. The trim in that pic looks to be a Rubicon.
Weâ€™ll learn the rest of the details at the end of November when FCA officially unveils the Wrangler at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Maybe weâ€™ll learn more about the pickup’s timeline at that point.
[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]