Spent all week at Easter Jeep Safari in Moab. Not a single sighting of the new Wrangler, not even a grumble about it. They are really doing a good job keeping this this under wraps. Lots of previous year Jeep prototypes and crazy vehicles though.
I'm a pretty hard core Jeep lover, and I've been saving up for a Jeep Wrangler for roughly 2 years now. I've been trying to decide between the current JK, and the upcoming JL.
I was on the fence, for I didn't have enough info on the JL to decide. I liked the idea of a fresh, modern designed Jeep, the idea of a 8 speed, LED headlights with halo rings, better axles, and updated creature comforts, etc, but they leaked pictures killed it for me. I don't like the turn signals in the front of the fender, I don't like how the headlights are indented into the grille, I don't like the increased windshield rack, the added length between the fenders and the front door, and the body crease on the side looks off to me. I'm an extremtly visual person, and IMHO, the JKU looks better than the JLU. I'm sure it'll sell well, and it will be great. I hope it sells well and is popular; success of the Jeep brand is a good thing for us Jeep nuts.
That being said, I'm going to pick up either a late 2017 JKU, or a 2018 JKU later this year. The JKU is now 10 years old, so by now any issues have been solved, and tweaks and improvements have been made. Also, all the trouble issues and points and been either found, and the aftermarket has created improvements and fixes for them. Speaking of aftermarket, the JK/JKU is the most customize able SUV/Car ever to be created; the after market is freaking huge, with endless mods and accessories. The 2018 JKU for example, is going to be the best JKU to ever be created. Out of all of the model years for the JK, the 2018 is going to be the most sought after and value model year most likely. (Time will tell) To me, the JKU is better for what I like and want.
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The most interesting photo is the one above which provides a never-before-seen look at the interior roof, overhead console and windshield area. In the overhead console between the sunvisors is a cluster of new levers, buttons and switches that do not exist on the comparatively spartan JK Wrangler. This button cluster immediately reminded us of the Jeep Renegade when equipped with the MySky power retractable roof which has a large middle control button that automatically slides the panel back or tilts it upwards. So we decided to dig deeper to confirm our suspicions...
When we asked some trusted sources whether these controls were a derivation of the Jeep Renegade's MySky power retractable roof, we were told affirmatively that we were "on the right track." Examining the photo closely, we can see a large middle control button and two rows of switches ahead of it. These switches would presumably automatically retract the roof panels allowing them to slide backwards. The panels could still be completely removed with an updated latch (see the levers with teeth) that release from the interior. The panels would then be lifted up from the top of the vehicle and could be easily stored in the trunk. See this MySky demo video for a preview of how this could operate.
Based on this image and information provided by our sources we believe the JL Wrangler will get a multi-function roof that combines both mechanical and powered functionality into a single set up. It would be a groundbreaking first-ever feature for the Jeep Wrangler.
As we've noted in our JL/JLU/JT info compilation, we know that the JL/JLU will have a true 3 piece hardtop, interchangeable hard and soft top, and an optional hardtop glass panel. We've also heard that these options may be able to be combined for incredible flexibility depending on your tastes and preferences -- think glass over the front, soft canvas in the middle and hard vinyl for the rear. There should also be a power soft top with sliding/accordion style top.
With this added MySky-like power functionality, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL's top could truly offer jack-of-all-trades functionality. We're still digging to see if we can get more roof details and a clearer look inside so stay tuned for updates and let us know what you think!
See below for the remaining images which also show the grab bar handles attached to the A pillar, among other things:
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If you think an all FCA developed product will be worse than a product developed and launched by an inattentive parent and an inexperience adoptive parent, I think you need to revisit all of the teething pains the JK/JKU had in 2007/2008. Jeep was at a horrible low point under Daimler/Cerebus. The current Grand Cherokee was the bright spot, but the Patriot/Compass, Commander, and first two years of the JK/JKU were very poorly executed products.
Yeah, WhiteJeep nailed it. The stuff Jeep did right - frame, suspension, steering (except for poorly sized trackbar bolts), manual trans, axles, and frame have been spot on for the JK since it is all upsized late TJ stuff. Chrysler dropped the ball by launching with the awful 3.8L, stone age 42RLE, and really low quality interior. I guess the only alternative to the ancient minivan 3.8L (turrible Mitsubishi sourced V6) would have been the equally mediocre 3.7L in the Ram, Durango, WK, and KL. Atleast they could have bolted the great Benz NAG1 5AT to the 3.7L and made the JK feel a little more mod ern.
I'd like to talk to the early JK product team and find out why they launched with such a mediocre product - I'm guessing that the 4door really ate up a lot of dollars and they were against the wall to make money or Chrysler was going to tank.
Now for the JL - it's looking bigger and bigger with each spyshot/leak, That windshield header console means that the removable hard top panels are starting further back behind the sunvisors, should help prevent leaks as the front seal is not directly in the slipstream like the JK. There is some kind of bulge in the hood too.