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An alert individual on Reddit has posted what may be our best look to date at the upcoming Jeep Wrangler JL. 

The kinda-sorta-blurry pic, seemingly taken surreptitiously at some sort of factory event, shows what is unmistakably a Wrangler, but with several different styling cues pointing to the new JL.

While the pic is at an angle, enough of the roof is shown to see that this four-door Unlimited model has a black soft top.

Sculpted body lines appear on the driver’s door between the side glass and door handles. Exposed door hinges stick out proudly like a spoilt child’s bottom lip, although they appear to be shorter and a bit more flush compared to the tuning-fork appearance of the JK’s door hinges. The door handles themselves look different as well, appearing to be devoid of the current model’s push-button operation.

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 A new, black patch protrudes rearward from the front fender. It’s a good bet this is some sort of air-extraction vent, possibly for the extra underhood heat generated by the new turbo engine. If so, the vent would make for a great spotter’s guide to help identify models with the blown-four.

Vents also appear on the hood, along with what looks like a couple of rubber or plastic bumpstops for what we severely hope is a folding windshield. Further supporting the speculation that the JL will provide a bugs-in-yer-teeth experience is a cutline at the base of the windshield, a piece of glass at a more rakish angle than the current JK. Exposed screw heads are in a different place compared to the JK, too.

A round Trail Rated badge is proudly displayed on the side fender, as is the word ‘Jeep’, a departure from the JK which has the word ‘Wrangler’ in that location.

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Mechanical details are expected to include significant amounts of aluminum in the name of weight reduction, at least in the body panels. Jeep’s high strength steel frame isn;t going anywhere. A new ‘Hurricane’ 2.0-liter turbo four may join the Pentastar V6, along with a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel and a hybrid powertrain showing up later in the product cycle. Thanks to previous spy shots, we know Jeep drivers will still be able to row-their-own with an available manual transmission. Logically, an automatic will be available as well.

We will see a production version of the new Jeep Wrangler JL at the 2017 LA Auto Show in November, with production ramping up just after the big reveal this Fall.

[Source: Reddit]

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Comments

chayson August 15th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

difficult to make out but i would assume under the “Jeep” decal it says “Wrangler” and then “Turbo”?, bottom right under the “Wrangler” not sure but wouldn’t be suprised

chayson August 15th, 2017 at 6:23 pm

also, the side mirror is completely diff from current models. turn signal lighting

dawgie August 16th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

OOOOOoooooo…it’s …it’s RED!!! wow!! A red new jeep!!

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