Jeep Gladiator, Wrangler JL Get Gorilla Glass

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
jeep gladiator wrangler jl get gorilla glass

Today’s semi-alliterative headline is courtesy of Jeep.

The company has already made Gorilla Glass available on the JK Wrangler. Now it will expand to the Gladiator and JL Wrangler.

For the uninitiated, Gorilla Glass is similar to the glass used on most smartphones, and in this application, the outer ply is 52 percent thicker than the glass normally used for windshields on the Gladiator and Wrangler.

This glass is tougher than the regular stuff, which makes it pretty appealing for off-roading. Bashing one’s way through the boonies can put glass in danger from wayward tree branches and limbs.

They also give up nothing in terms of functionality. They work just fine with the available forward-facing camera and its heater, and they have the same Jeep Easter eggs that non-Gorilla-glass models do.

Pricing starts at $793 and goes as high as $932 (JK Wranglers start a bit lower at $645). That’s for parts and doesn’t include labor. There’s a two-year warranty with unlimited miles.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jul 12, 2021

    Does it mean that cars and SUVs will more and more imitate cellphones?

  • Zhahn Doe Zhahn Doe on Jul 12, 2021

    I had a JK for four years, and never took it more off-road than some mild two tracks within federal land in Northern Michigan. However, I did replace five windshields on it. If you own a Wrangler, having the replacement windshield rider checked on your car insurance is a necessity.

    • SPPPP SPPPP on Jul 12, 2021

      Thanks for the real world anecdote. I think Jeep keeps laying back the windshield a little more each generation, but it's still pretty upright. Not much chance for rocks gracefully glancing off. Especially in Michigan, where paved roads become gravel roads very quickly.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jul 13, 2021

    Jeeps windshields are rather "upright" so rocks etc. don't defect well. If one offroads a lot then they should install defectors to keep branches off the "A" pillars. The deflectors are basically a light steel cable that mounts at each hood corner and attach at the upper "A" pillar. They are worth every penny.

  • Karen Karen on Nov 17, 2022

    We have a 2022 Jeep Gladiator with 7,000 miles. Had a stone hit our windshield, causing a crack to form from top to bottom. Contacted Jeep dealership, they were no help. Looked up warranty, saw we had a 2-year warranty on Gorilla Glass. Contacted them and were told if it was bigger than width of a quarter or longer than 3 inches, the warranty was void. Even though warranty states damage caused by road debris would be covered. We are replacing windshield, but not with GG. Will not buy another Jeep. Don't waste your money on GG, it's not worth it. Even customer service at GG is unprofessional.

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