The good folks over at JL Wrangler Forums have photographed a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL prototype on Fiat Chrysler property in Michigan wearing its new three-piece hard top roof.
The new hard top roof appears to be framed about 6 to 8 inches from the edge of the roof, an indication that this roof won’t be entirely removable like the Wrangler JK’s and other versions of the off-roader, but will instead feature removable panel sections. A dual-pane section covers the driver and passenger seats, similar to the Wrangler JK’s ‘Freedom Top’, with a large single pane overlaying the rear seats and cargo area.
The three-piece removable hard top is one of three roofs expected to be offered with the 2018 Wrangler JL. A roof with a single large glass pane is expected to arrive, along with an electrically folding soft top. At this point in time, it’s not clear if the vehicle will retain a fully removable hardtop like previous Wranglers or if it will simply have this three-piece roof in its place.
The Wrangler JL is expected to arrive with two engine options: a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with the V6 serving as the base engine and the 2.0-liter being optional. Diesel and hybrid versions of the SUV are expected to arrive further down the line, with the diesel using FCA’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. Both eight-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions are also anticipated.
More information on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL will trickle out as its debut date at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in November nears. For now, you can head on over to JL Wrangler Forums to view additional spy shots of the next-gen off-roader.