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Old 03-09-2017, 12:43 PM   #1
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Spied with Rumored ‘True Three-Piece Hardtop’



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The new Jeep Wrangler is rumored to have multiple roof options.

Spy photographers have caught a four-door Jeep Wrangler prototype testing what appears to be the rumored “true three-piece hardtop,” which would allow for the removal of the front two or all roof panels while keeping some pillars in place. There’s also the idea that the entire roof could be removed with the configuration.

Other roof options expected to head to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler include a hard glass roof, retractable fabric roof and the possible removal of the basic folding soft top.

The next-generation SUV is expected to get lighter with Jeep using some aluminum, but the body will still mostly be constructed from steel. Rumor has it that a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, called Hurricane, will be added to the Wrangler lineup as a more fuel-efficient engine. The popular Pentastar V6 engine will live on paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 engine could head to the U.S. There’s even the possibility of a hybrid powertrain being added to the lineup.

Look for more details later this year, as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler should debut in the coming months.
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Old 03-09-2017, 12:49 PM   #2
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Looks like a Renegade roof. Also I don't see a crease above the rear quarter panel where it has a completely removable roof. I'm thinking it form it probably doesn't have a roll bar.

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Old 03-09-2017, 02:24 PM   #3
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3.0 liter turbo-diesel??? Lordy. Yes please.
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Looks like a Renegade roof. Also I don't see a crease above the rear quarter panel where it has a completely removable roof. I'm thinking it form it probably doesn't have a roll bar.
That was my thought when I saw the first spy photos: no roll bar, because it's built into the pillars. But if they did do that, and you remove all the panels and doors, it should effectively be close to what we have now. It won't go over well with traditionalists, though.
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Man, that looks like a lot of rake in the front end.
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Man, that looks like a lot of rake in the front end.
My first thought too. Hopefully they won't ship with that rake.
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That was my thought when I saw the first spy photos: no roll bar, because it's built into the pillars. But if they did do that, and you remove all the panels and doors, it should effectively be close to what we have now. It won't go over well with traditionalists, though.
Although the root bars in the Wrangler are structural, they really are an appearance item now... what I mean is... it's not like on a RZR where you put it on it's side, hop out and push it back on the wheels, and are good to go. If a Wrangler ends up on it's back... it's probably pretty wrecked.

Integrated 'roll bars' could free up some head room and make for a tidier interior. But I'm sure true top-off riders will need to adjust... luckily, there are over 1 million JK's running around... should be enough to last a while.
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I wouldn't read too much into vehicle spy photos, b/c keep in mind, these are mostly mule vehicles. they intentionally leave as much the same as possible, only changing what's needed to accommodate whatever powertrain they are testing out on the road. that's the main reason why you see mules out and about in the public. if these were simply being transported from one location to another, they would be wrapped and placed on a flat bed and taken from facility to facility. sometimes yes, they have made exterior changes to the mule that the next gen will have, but are strictly done for the test drive purposes.

while it's great they were able to keep the 3 piece hard top (i love it), i sure hope that they redesigned the channels so that they're not literally designed to pour water back behind the door so any even miniscule seal mismatch in said door results in water pouring in like what we have now with the JK/U
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That is what I thought. So much so that it even looks like the rear wheels ore bigger than the front wheels. Not a fan
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:12 AM   #10
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When I went to buy my 2017 my friend at Chrysler told me this the last year for the traditional looking Jeep. He said everything would be rounded off and a slant back type windshield. He was right. Not liking the 2018. The diesel will be available but it may be delayed because of emissionsthanks to the Volkswagen scandal. It effected all the manufactures now. He also said the diesel price is going to be ridiculous.
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Last time I looked my JKU has a 3 piece hardtop

yes these vehicles are made to look as close to the old model as possible, hiding as many of the new tweets, upgrades or whatever it is.

In regards to looks.... I have always thought that many of the CJ owners back in the day didn't like how the TJ looked. TJ owners same thing many didn't like the JK and the same will be true with the JL, many JK owners as well as owners of older Jeeps will not be a fan.

However just like with every new generation in the past, the next one will be the most capable, most effecient one yet.

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