Well, here it is, sort of: Our first look at an uncovered, un-camouflaged 2018 JL Jeep Wrangler comes courtesy of a fairly terrible photograph, but a few details are still discernible.
It appears a JL Wrangler Forum member caught the red Jeep rolling off the assembly line at Jeep’s plant in Toledo, Ohio. First off, we have confirmation of a small fender vent next to what looks like a higher quality plastic fender flare arch than what the current Wrangler employs. Moving along down the side of the truck, body-colored hinges are new, as are the traditional looking door handles. On current Wranglers the vented hood is a Rubicon exclusive feature.
However, the current Rubicon also comes with clear branding on the fender and rock rails along with off-road oriented tires. The Wrangler in the image here has a black soft top, no rock rails, and street tires indicating that it is likely a base Sport model. However, it does wear a vented hood. Either this is some sort of test construction wearing a Rubicon hood with base trim elsewhere or all the 2018 Wranglers will get a vented hood. The door handles lack the buttons used today. The side windows are said to be higher than the current model and the bumpers are redesigned for the removable windshield.