Exploring the Award Winning Jeep Wrangler JL
When the Italian automaker, Fiat, purchased the Jeep brand in 2014, it raised immediate speculation about how they would put their mark on the brand’s iconic model, the Jeep Wrangler. With last year’s release of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL, all speculation was put to rest. The Jeep Wrangler JL improved upon the previous Wrangler JK in almost every single way, all while staying true to its roots as the most capable off-road SUV on the market. The redesign was further validated earlier this month after the Wrangler JL had been named ‘2019 Motortrend SUV of the Year.’
If you haven’t taken a look at the newly redesigned Wrangler, we suggest you stop reading this article and stop by Glenn’s Freedom Jeep to test it out for yourself. For those who don’t want to see the improvements for themselves, we’d like to share our favorite features that helped the Wrangler win the most prestigious award in the automotive industry. Here are our three favorite design improvements in the all-new Jeep Wrangler JL.
Ease of Removing Doors / Windshield
Perhaps the most unique feature of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been the ability to hit the trails with no roof, no doors and no windshield. The ability to drive with the open air in front of you is as iconic as the Jeep Wrangler itself. One major drawback of previous Wrangler models is how laborious removing the doors and windshield has been. No more! The redesigned Wrangler JL addresses these issues upfront. Thanks to the addition of high-strength aluminum, the doors are lighter (front doors are 14lbs lighter and back doors are 7lbs lighter) making it easier for anyone to easily remove the doors. The doors also feature a grab handle, making removal even easier.
An even bigger improvement was made to the windshield. In previous models, removing the windshield was a tall task. Twenty four bolts had to be removed and even if you made it through this task once, you weren’t likely to go through the hassle again. The 2018 Wrangler JL takes owners from 24 bolts down to just 4! Just use the included Torx tool kit and you’ll be driving through the fresh air in no time. Check out this quick video tutorial we created showing just how easy removing the windshield actually is.
Perhaps the biggest design improvement of all is the redesigned interior. It’s sleek, spacious and comes loaded with the technology that users demand. The redesigned dash stays true to the Jeep “character” with the horizontal instrument panel that plays on the look of the original Wrangler CJ. However, that may be where the similarities stop. The JL features tech upgrades like a 7” UConnect touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and enough USB and AUX ports to satisfy the most tech-savvy Jeep-lovers out there. Other features that you won’t find on previous Wranglers include push button start, heated seats/steering wheel, and premium sound quality.
New and Improved Roof Options
Jeep owners previously had fallen into two different camps: hard top or soft top. While those two options are here to stay, Jeep has recently released the new Sky One-touch powertop. Jeep lovers who are looking for convenience can now get open-air freedom at the push of a button. The powertop retracts automatically and can even be used on the highway at speeds less than 60mph. If you aren’t ready to give up the manual hard and soft tops, Jeep has made great design improvements to these as well. The Freedom hard top has lighter and more easily removable panels. And the soft top throws out the zippers that have frustrated Jeep-lovers for years. The soft top now features canards (a wing and groove mechanism) to hold the top in place, making removal much easier than previous Wranglers.
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