Photos of the hood for the new JL Jeep Wrangler have emerged online after a recycling yard accidentally sold the hood to an unwitting JK Wrangler owner.
The photos first appeared on JLWranglerForums.com. User Redrockjk said he purchased what he thought was the hood to a 2014-model year Wrangler Rubicon from a reputed recycler in the Metro Detroit area, but when he got the hood, he realized it was too long fit a JL-generation Wrangler.
Not only did the hood not fit, it didn’t have any Jeep or Mopar VIN stickers stamped into it. The recycling yard the hood was purchased from is close to Fiat Chrysler’s Chelsea proving ground and reportedly receives vehicles from the automaker to part out. When Redrockjk called the yard back, they said there “might have been a mix-up,” in regards to his hood.
As you can tell from the photos, the new hood is painted white and features red and black Rubicon decals. It’s about 2-inches longer than the stock hood and also appears a little wider as well. Spy shots of the JL Wrangler show a longer front end with a revised A-pillar area, making us and other internet Jeep enthusiasts fairly convinced this is a pre-production hood for a JL Wrangler.
Previous reports have indicated the JL Wrangler’s hood would be made out of aluminum. Redrockjk says this hood wasn’t made out of aluminum, but the clear lack of the lighter material could have something to do with it being a pre-production part. We’ll have to wait until the JL Jeep Wrangler debuts next year to really find out what we’re looking at here, but for now, check out more photos over at JLWranglerForums.com.