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Wrangler “JL” changes (updated)

by David Zatz on

Nearly one year ago, consulting engineer Robert Sheaves predicted that the next generation of Jeep Wranglers would be designed so they did not need to use the “convertible exemption” in Federal rules, in case it was revoked.

2018 Jeep Wrangler

He wrote, at the time, “I expect the first direction to be an open, fixed structure with removable panels of plastic and/or cloth material, and a fixed A-pillar that no longer folds.”  The Wrangler would allow for higher crush loads on the A-pillar, and presumably have some rear protection as well.

Now, an Allpar source wrote that the “JL” Jeep Wrangler, expected in 2017 or 2018, would indeed follow this pattern. It might also allow Wrangler to lose some weight without going to aluminum, by reducing the amount of bracing needed in cars without fixed roofs, while still allowing a high level of visibility.

Those who have not followed the link below may assume that removable doors, cloth top, and a fold-down windshield are gone; but this conclusion is far too hasty.

For the full story and rumor roundup, see our 2017-18 Jeep Wrangler page. 

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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