We don’t typically get a very long look at pre-production prototypes, but a recent mistake by a Fiat Chrysler development driver in downtown Los Angeles allowed curious eyes to get a good long look at the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.
According to Motor 1, a Jeep Wrangler JL prototype was spotted driving through downtown Los Angeles and was sitting at a red light when a photographer began snapping pictures of the vehicle. Desperate to get away in his rolling secret, he punched it through a red light – much to the dismay of the LAPD. He got pulled over, which gave the aforementioned photog plenty of valuable lens time with the prototype, but was apparently only given a warning.
The Jeep Wrangler JL, which leaked in a series of digital photos a couple of weeks ago, will stay true to Jeep values with a removable hardtop roof, a recognizable shape and solid axles, but will also be much refined than the current-gen JK. More upscale, aerodynamically friendly exterior styling is in store, along with a more comfortable cabin and a variety of roof options. Three engine options may also be in store: a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 2.0-liter turbocharged Hurricane four-cylinder.
The Jeep Wrangler JL will debut later this year, probably at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. In the meantime, check out the spy shots over at Motor 1.