While seemingly appearing similar to the current JK Wrangler, the images posted by JL Wrangler Forums of a supposed Rubicon model, claims that the JL will feature a solid frame and fixed roll cage, higher windows and windscreen, indicators integrated into the door mirrors, larger front bumper, wider front fenders with daytime running LEDs, and a more upright seven-slot grille.
In addition to offering the ability again of having its roof and doors completely removed, the JL, as per the forum, also gets new headlights, relocated bonnet latches, new door handles, fold down windscreen with dual side hinges, wraparound taillights, longer bonnet, redesigned exposed door hinges and improved boot space.
No technical details were divulged although previous reports have suggested that the JL could drop the current 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 for a 2.0-litre turbo, and even the 2.8-litre CRD turbodiesel for the Grand Cherokee's 3.0-litre V6. A ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox will reportedly replace the five-speed unit used in the JK, with a six-speed manual likely to be offered as well.
Earlier this year, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted that the JL could debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November, telling the weekly Toledo Blade, "We may be forced to go to Los Angeles to launch the car. I can’t cover them up with masking tape. The car is too distinctive. We may show it in Los Angeles and then launch it officially here in January.”
Responding to the leaked images, FCA stated that while "we think we could be looking at the real deal, as with most things on the internet, you’re advised to take the validity images with a grain of salt".
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