Jeep Wrangler JK and JL Comparison
The same great Jeep, with just a few modifications! When Jeep introduced the Jeep Wrangler JL, they were sure to live up to the Wrangler legacy. The capabilities of the JL are those of it’s predecessor, the JK model. The focus of change between the models are external changes. Below are some of the aesthetic updates that help to distinguish the models.
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Jeep Wrangler JK
HEADLAMPS: Round headlamps bookend the iconic seven-slot grille to give the Wrangler JK its distinctive look. They light up the road ahead with available bright white LED technology. Fog lamps come in handy when conditions demand.
TURN SIGNALS: The turn signals will be located next to the grille, below the headlamps.
GRILLE: The grille has less dimension than the JL, as it is fairly straight up and down without a bend.
WINDSHIELD/BUMPERS: The JK has both the rubber bumpers and washers on the hood of the Wrangler. Folding the hood can be completed with a few more steps than with the JL model. Still easy to fold, but with a few additional steps.
Jeep Wrangler JL
HEADLAMPS: The headlamps are still the same round shape. However, the JL model also features a horizontal design within the headlamp.
TURN SIGNALS: The turn signals on the JL model will be on the fender.
GRILLE: The grille on the JL model angles slightly, which gives more dimension.
JL BODY: New air extractors have been added behind the fender flares to help cool the engine compartment. The Jeep® Brand badge moves from the hood back to the side of the aluminum fender, a look reminiscent of past models.
WINDSHIELD/BUMPERS: The rubber bumpers on the hood of the Wrangler will also have washers in them. Folding the windshield down is much easier than with the JK. There are a few screws inside of the wrangler that allow for the windshield to fold.