If we’re to believe a post on enthusiast forum JL Wrangler the above photo is of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. A random member of the forum published the shots (more at the link), but the site’s administration has since confirmed through its unnamed sources that the shots are, in fact, of the JL Wrangler.
Examining recent spy shots of the new Wrangler, the above photo certainly does seem to be the real deal. The overall look is extremely evolutionary versus today’s Wrangler, but there are some noteworthy differences.
A primary difference and something that has been confirmed in the past, is that the doors and roof of the new Wrangler are fully removable, with a hardened roll cage on the photographed Unlimited Rubicon model. Another key visual clue is that the iconic headlights are now curved into the outer slots of the seven-slot grille design, something else that has been noted in spy shots.
Additionally, the new Wrangler has brought about a new character line that is running the entire length of the vehicle on the belt line, including across the doors. Around back the new taillights appear to be similar to the Renegade and slightly wrap around to the side, which is a distinction from today’s Wrangler.
Jeep is slated to begin production of the 2018 Wrangler later this year at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo, Ohio assembly plant.