This design looks good, and we expect at least one part of it might be available on the production version.

Before you get too excited, this is not the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. At least it's not the one you can expect to see on the road sometime next year. Instead, this clay model depicts a rejected design for the next-gen off-roader. Just because Jeep decided not to put this styling into production, doesn’t prevent a few parts on it from arriving at dealers – like the three-piece roof on this one.

While this isn’t the final shape, there’s a lot to like about what the designers do on this Wrangler. It keeps familiar elements like the circular headlights and seven-slot grille. The curvaceous hood that cascades over the sides looks quite modern, and the horizontal latch is a neat touch. However, the front lacks the cool LED running lights on the fenders from a recently leaked photo. The stylists also tilt the windshield back a little more than on the current Wrangler, which would probably help the vehicle’s aerodynamics. The rear doesn’t look too different from what’s on sale now.

2018 Jeep Wrangler rejected design

The three-piece removable hardtop is similar to the two-part unit available on the Renegade, and Jeep reportedly plans to offer this component as an option on the new Wrangler, according to a rumor on the JL Wrangler Forums. By lifting off the panels, all occupants, even ones in the back, could enjoy a modicum of open-air driving but without too much wind in their hair. The last section over the cargo area would even let owners carry tall objects in a pinch. It’s a great compromise between a traditional hardtop and the lack of security from a roof-less Wrangler.

We expect to see the 2018 Wrangler debut at the North American International Auto Show this January in Detroit, Michigan. The new model will be lighter thanks to aluminum components and will have more efficient engines, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and later a hybrid. The much-anticipated pickup version will arrive in 2019 or 2020.

Source: JL Wrangler Forums

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