Spy Shots of 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Show New LED Taillight Pattern
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Adds a New LED Pattern to the Classic Jerry Can Shape
The new Jeep Wrangler JL, one of the most anticipated vehicles slotted to arrive in 2018, has been photographed once again. This time, we get a closer look at the new LED pattern for the latest iteration of the Wrangler. These spied taillight shots are accompanied by a fresh look at the pickup variant of Jeep’s iconic 4x4, possibly slated for a 2019 release.
Photos of the new taillight pattern should elicit a sigh of relief for those who bought into the rumors of Jeep FCA incorporating the same x-like pattern taillight used on the Jeep Renegade. Die-hard Wrangler enthusiasts, along with the greater Jeep community, were strongly opposed to this potential design choice, so these photos should allay any fears or concerns about the rear of the new vehicle.
The photographs show a vertical design featuring trapezoidal top and bottom sections of the light, with what looks like a square reverse light in the middle. There also looks to be a slight curve on the inner edge of the taillight, referencing taillight design from other vehicles in FCA’s lineup. The look also recalls a jerry can design, calling to mind the Jeep’s rugged, off-grid heritage.
One of the photos features a current-generation Wrangler Sahara, giving us an idea of the changes despite the new lights being mostly covered. From the reaction fans had to the x-design tails, we think Jeep’s decision to keep the overall shape and aesthetic of the original taillights makes sense considering their consistency over the years.
As for the pickup variant, the test mule seems to be reusing the same vehicle wrap as our last glimpse of the truck, sans some of the blue wiring that ran along the undercarriage in our previous encounters. Some close-ups of the rear end show the older-style taillights, and in general a pretty JK-looking truck, aside from the obvious truck bed replacing the canopy behind the rear passenger seats. It’s also apparent that the pickup has a longer wheelbase than even the Wrangler Unlimited.
Check out our older coverage of the new JL Wrangler for more information and spy shots before the anticipated reveal at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show or 2018 North American International Auto Show.
Source: KGP Photography