Exterior Option Differences for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL
Back when the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL first debuted at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and again at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to show off some new mobile apps, there were quite a number of differences between the new JL model and the previous JK model. The interior got a new upgraded yet retro look, the next-generation Uconnect 4 infotainment system is available, the weight has dropped by 200 pounds, and a couple of new options popped up. Also keep in mind the 2018 lineup dropped from ten-to-three trims (a fourth on the 4-door model) for the next-generation Wrangler. Here, we’ll discuss those options and the differences between the 2018 Wrangler JL and the 2018 Wrangler JK.
Exterior Options – Roofs and Doors
Known for its customization, the Jeep Wrangler has always had a few different exterior options. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK has three options for the top – a soft top, a black hard top that was a pain to disassemble, and a body-color hardtop, also ridiculous to disassemble. To fix the inconveniences of removing the hardtops, the new Jeep Wrangler JL has some new top options. The Wrangler JL has redesigned the hard top for better assembly and disassembly. In addition, two new tops are available. One of the new tops is the very convenient Sky One-touch powertop, able to be retracted with the push of a button, and a tan-colored soft top is also new.
When it comes to the doors of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK, consumers could reconfigure the full doors on the vehicle to half doors that go up to the windowsill, or no doors at all. The Wrangler JL comes standard with full doors, but they can be fully removed. They can’t be configured into half-doors this time around.
“Hey, nice wheels!” Okay, maybe no one is really speaking about the wheels on a car when using that statement, but there is a bit of a change between the Wrangler JK and Wrangler JL regarding wheel options. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK comes with options for 16-inch styled black painted steel wheels, 16-inch styled argent painted steel wheels, 17-inch polished mineral gray aluminum wheels, 17-inch 5-spoke sparkle silver MOAB cast aluminum wheels, 18-inch polished aluminum 7-spoke wheels, and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with granite crystal painted pockets. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has a completely new assortment of wheels to ride on. Wheel options consist of 17-inch black styled steel wheels, 17-inch tech silver aluminum wheels, 17-inch polished granite crystal wheels, 17-inch polished wheels with black pockets, 17-inch black wheels with a polished lip, 18-inch polished wheels with tech gray spokes, and 18-inch tech gray wheels with a polished face.
When it comes to personalizing vehicles, most cars have a couple of aesthetic choices, but it all really comes down to the color. Hard to spot a black car in a crowded parking lot, but Mojito green will surely stand out a little better. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK is only available in seven colors, and they are all pretty tame: Gobi with a clear coat, Billet Silver Metallic with a clear coat, Firecracker Red with a clear coat, Rhone with a clear coat, Bright White with a clear coat, Granite Crystal Metallic with a clear coat, and Black with a clear coat. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL has a few new color options. New colors consist of the Punk’n Metallic with a clear coat (available later into the year), Ocean Blue Metallic with a clear coat, Mojito! with a clear coat, and Sting-Gray with a clear coat (also available later into the year). In case you’re wondering, a clear coat is a transparent automotive paint that will help enhance the shine and durability of a vehicle’s color.
Yes, things are definitely different for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL model. Honestly, that isn’t a bad thing. Just look at all the great new features available that put the old JK model to shame. Assembly plants are still wrapping up the production of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK, but once they do, we’ll have the Jeep Wrangler JL on the lot.