According to JL Wrangler Forums, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will continue to have a radical design in that it will continue to have the classic look of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler but it will have new features. To come up with this description, the forum put together a rendering of the new model using leaked photos as well as spy photos.
Starting with the rear section, the lights are the same as those on FCA drawings with the exception that the reverse lights are not present. Meanwhile the plastic fender flares are those seen on the SUV variant with the square taillights being the same ones on the truck version. Spy photos on the other hand reveal that the pickup is similar to the Ram in that the box is streamlined and have the taillights integrated to it.
Chances are that this is more of a placeholder until the brand chooses the final design. Both models show that its sides have squared-off details for the door handles and top. The addition of beveled corners gives it a more contemporary appearance. One design change that could catch anyone’s attention can be seen at the back of the bumper in the rear as there seems to be an air dam to help with aerodynamics.
Meanwhile the front section clearly shows that while the overall feel is that of the classic jeep, there are new updates fitted to it. Particularly the turn signals and LED headlights that were first seen on the FCA illustrations have changes implemented to them. To ensure that it continues to have the traditional look, the front fenders have a gap in between. To enhance aerodynamics, the hood, windshield, and grille are now all raked.
What is a bit problematic though would have to be the top. There is the possibility that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler might no longer have a removable top but instead, it will be like the Jeep Renegade and will have removable panels. Still, the rendering can show that this is possible. For example, the roof can be removed in sections with the rear-most windows also having the capacity to be taken out as well.
The overall result is that the effect is much like the Wrangler Unlimited. While this is indeed exciting, there is a potential disadvantage. The different hard panels had to be placed somewhere. Though the present version comes with a soft-top back-up should the weather turn for the worse, this is the same for the next-generation Wrangler. Considering that FCA has managed to hide this particular part ever since the prototypes have been seen, how the top is actually going to function remains to be speculation. There is even doubt if this design will make it to the production level.
While the renderings created are likely to be the real thing, it will only be when the Wrangler makes its official debut that everyone will know if the illustrations are accurate or not. Another expectation is that the 2018 Wrangler is likely to have body panels made in aluminum and equipped with a diesel powertrain and paired to the automatic 8-speed transmission.