Jeep's 2018 Wrangler Might Add a New Way to Go Topless

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
jeep s 2018 wrangler might add a new way to go topless

If photos taken of a strange feature on a camouflaged 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited make it to production, expect an even larger smorgasbord of ways to let the sun shine in.

Many details of the next-generation off-roader remain unconfirmed, but we’ve seen spy photos of cloaked prototypes for what seems like forever. Each time, there’s (usually) something new to see, and these photos aren’t any different. The interest here lies above the driver’s head.

The images, taken from a low angle and posted at JL Wrangler Forums, shows a collection of buttons and switches just aft of the vehicle’s rear-view mirror. Above the driver, what looks like a movable panel can be seen.

It’s already known that the 2018 Wrangler’s top will be as varied as food quality at roadside diners. The tried-and-true soft top and removable hardtop will make a return (in three-piece form), as will a hardtop with a fixed panoramic sunroof. What these photos show seems to be a compromise.

The switchgear resembles that of a Jeep Renegade equipped with the available My Sky roof. If you’ve never sat in one, the roof features two glass sunroof panels. The front section can be retracted or both can be manually removed for a limited open-air feel. Without a top-down view — or even a peak through the rear window — it’s hard to tell if this is just a My Sky for Wranglers, or something slightly different.

One thing seems obvious. If Jeep went to the trouble of giving Renegade owners the option of My Sky, why not add something like it to a much-anticipated vehicle that sells in far greater numbers?

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Ryoku75 Ryoku75 on Apr 20, 2017

    I wonder what this amazing, revolutionary styling looks like that Jeeps trying to hide.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Apr 20, 2017

      They're trying to hide what's inside: bordello red velour upholstery!

  • Opus Opus on Apr 20, 2017

    Maybe we can get a 'peak'[sic] at it?

  • Lorenzo This series is epic, but I now fear you'll never get to the gigantic Falcon/Dart/Nova comparison.
  • Chris P Bacon Ford and GM have decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Odds are Chrysler/Cerberus/FCA/Stellantis is next to join in. If any of the companies like Electrify America had been even close to Tesla in reliability, we wouldn't be here.
  • Inside Looking Out China will decide which EV charging protocol will become world wide standard.
  • Chris P Bacon I see no reference to Sweden or South Carolina. I hate to assume, but is this thing built in China? I can't help but wonder if EVs would be more affordable to the masses if they weren't all stuffed full of horsepower most drivers will never use. How much could the price be reduced if it had, say, 200hp. Combined with the instant torque of an EV, that really is plenty of power for the daily commuter, which is what this vehicle really is.
  • Ajla It's weird how Polestar apparently has better BEVs than Volvo. And this is the same price as a Pilot and Plus optioned Polestar 2 AWD.