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See inside the next Jeep Wrangler

by Chris Vander Doelen on

FCA today released official photos of the interior of the 2018 Wrangler JL, and they confirm the accuracy of our earlier spy reports and spy photos.

2018 Jeep Wrangler interior, courtesy of FCA

These interior shots were released Wednesday by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ahead of the full reveal of the JL generation at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 29.

As you can see, the new interior doesn’t sacrifice any of the brand’s traditional features or feel. FCA says the new JL offers “more open-air options,” but it is not clear yet what all those options will be, other than removable doors. The windshield will continue to fold down, with its unique “frame-within-a-frame” design, as we reported here  and here over the past year.

According to FCA’s statement today, the 2018’s interior design “combines authentic styling, precision craftsmanship and high-quality materials that result in improved versatility and comfort.”

2018 Jeep Wrangler, courtesy of FCA

The new center stack does indeed feature the retro-inspired round vents spy shots indicated earlier this year. The UConnect system is now larger and at the top, dominating the center stack. Some will be delighted to see a traditional manual shifter for what appears to be a six-speed transmission and its companion 4WD stick, rather than knobs.

There’s also a hint at a future ad campaign for the next-gen Wrangler here.

Chris Vander Doelen was Opinion Editor and columnist of The Windsor Star until December, 2016; he was the Star's automotive reporter and columnist for seven years, and had also covered the political and gambling beats. With his wife, Veronique Mandal, he wrote the book Chasing Lightning (1999). Chris won a National Newspaper Award in 1997 and more than a dozen provincial news awards. There is a Chrysler 300 in his driveway.

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