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The next Wrangler: more revelations?

by David Zatz on

An Allpar source reported that the forthcoming Jeep Wrangler, dubbed JL, is in fact based on the current JK, keeping the same basic design with updates to meet expected safety standards and to allow use of an eight-speed automatic.

Currently, vehicles other than convertibles are required to support twice the weight of the car on their roof — presumably because when there’s a rollover, the impact force adds to the pressure on the roof supports. Wrangler is classed as a convertible but there are concerns that this rule may be revoked, or that Wrangler may lose its classification.

2012 Wrangler Apache concept 

According to our source, the JL still has a folding windshield, though it’s implemented differently; it has a narrower front for aerodynamics, using a non-raked grille that harkens back to the YJ and TJ models, with squared-off slots. The outer slots have round, seven-inch headlights, recessed slightly, like the CJ5 and CJ7. The suspension is similar. Half-doors are expected to continue along with full doors, both removable.


2013 Jeep Recon concept. 

The windshield had only a slight rake compared with current models. Turn signals were moved to avoid the need for separate side lights. The fender flares can still be removed.

As for the top, it appears to be an “evolution of the current Sportsbar design” with added support so a soft or hard top could be attached.

The Fiat 500C convertible has full, permanent sides, like the production car, with the entire top (other than the structure above the windshield) removed.  Current Wranglers have tubes or bars running from the windshield pillar to the back to the vehicle.

The source warned that there may be many changes between the (internal) show car and the production car.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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