A pre-production 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL prototype has been spied testing ahead of its expected debut date at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
The spy photos were taken up close and personal and reveal aspects of the Wrangler JL’s less boxy yet still rugged exterior. Jeep’s classic seven-slot grille can be seen poking from beneath the black camouflage and some new seven-slot wheels are also present. Other styling changes we notice over the Wrangler JL are rounded passenger window corners, more rounded off wheel arches and a more raked hood for better aerodynamic efficiency.
The new Wrangler JL will be based on a new steel platform that incorporates aluminum in various places, including the inner linings of the doors and the hood. Fiat Chrysler’s 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine will serve as the entry-level engine, with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 and 2.0-liter turbocharged Hurricane engines available as options. Both six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission will be offered as well. A hybrid Wrangler JL will arrive after 2021.
Check out the spy shots, hosted by Motor 1, by clicking this link.