2018 Jeep Wrangler Spied with Rumored ‘True Three-Piece Hardtop’


The new Jeep Wrangler is rumored to have multiple roof options.

Spy photographers have caught a four-door Jeep Wrangler prototype testing what appears to be the rumored “true three-piece hardtop,” which would allow for the removal of the front two or all roof panels while keeping some pillars in place. There’s also the idea that the entire roof could be removed with the configuration.

Other roof options expected to head to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler include a hard glass roof, retractable fabric roof and the possible removal of the basic folding soft top.

SEE ALSO: Everything We Know about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The next-generation SUV is expected to get lighter with Jeep using some aluminum, but the body will still mostly be constructed from steel. Rumor has it that a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, called Hurricane, will be added to the Wrangler lineup as a more fuel-efficient engine. The popular Pentastar V6 engine will live on paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 engine could head to the U.S. There’s even the possibility of a hybrid powertrain being added to the lineup.

Look for more details later this year, as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler should debut in the coming months.

Discuss this story on our Jeep Wrangler Forum

  • Mike Devenney


  • Freddy King

    Real Jeeps have 2 doors,…..4 doors are vehicles made by Chrysler with the Jeep name on them.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Given that this is an FCA product, I’d hold off on buying this until the reliability reports are in. #honkifpartsfalloff

  • Mike Devenney

    Meh. I’ve had 2 doors and 4 doors. There are arguments for both. I agree that there’s nothing like the feel of my ’94 Wrangler, there’s something cool about having a ton of room behind those back seats once you have kids.

  • VulpineMac

    The four-door Wrangler is just as capable as its 2-door sibling. The only difference is the ability to seat three across in the back seat •comfortably• and still carry a decent load behind the back seat.

  • Mike Devenney

    Yeah! What he said.

  • Edward Villamaria

    Agree, but I’ve been itchin’ to get my hands on a diesel Rubicon…not sure I can wait for the 2019/2020 models just to have the kinks worked out…

  • Dan

    So you drive a MB/GPW and nothing else?

    Otherwise you are driving a car built by WIllys-Overland, Kaiser, AMC, or Chrysler.

  • wcjeep

    About 60% of JK’s are 4dr’s. JK’s do require patience on tight trails. Their long wheelbase is a plus at Moab. Most 4dr and 2dr parts fit each other. This means larger market to support the aftermarket. Larger aftermarket means better and cheaper parts for everyone. Soccer mom who never goes Offroad just absorbed the depreciation for the second owner who will go Offroad.

  • Frank Yoster

    They better bring the diesal to us and canada….u have no idea how many wrangler owners i know that want one…dont be a fool FCA give us that engine…screw europe!

  • GreenMonkeyPants

    How is a “true three-piece hardtop” different than the current “Freedom Top”?

  • Scott Brooks

    Lol! Reliability reports on a Jeep. Funny. No real Jeeper cares about a “reliability report.” He (or she) buys a Jeep for what it is. And most of what “reliability reports” address will be upgraded at some point anyway, possible exceptions being engine and transmission, but even those often get tossed. Bottom line is the Wranglers, just like the CJs and military Jeeps before them, are blank slates — a starting point for personal preference and expression. Nobody buys one for its perceived reliability or lack thereof . . . unless you’re talking about the ability to rely on it to take you where NOTHING ELSE CAN, then yeah, reliability matters. But we don’t need no stinkin’ report to tell us that!

  • Perry F. Bruns

    I was talking about the reliability of the three-part roof, which is still very much an unknown quantity, and which doesn’t have any third-party parts support in place just yet, not the rest of the vehicle, for which both factory and third-party parts are readily available.

  • kzmi

    2 dr Rubi AGREES

  • Paul

    Yessirree BUB itsa Jeep.

  • Sam

    There is a 3rd removable panel over the passenger/cargo, so it’s really a 4 parts, 3 pieces that are easily removable panels.

  • Sam

    Most of the roof issues stems from owners not installing the roof as per the manual, once you damage the roof it’s prone to leaks, many times I see people driving with improperly installed roofs.

    Dealers not knowing much about the operation of the Wrangler doesn’t help matters.

  • Sam

    2 doors always had a huge after market selection and nothing cheap about the parts unless you buy made in china junk from Amazon. Most of the pre JKs never made it off pavement either, so nothing changed there, not much soccer moms driving JKs, they pref Porsche, BMWs, Mercs, Audi, Teslas etc, but there are a ton of hot yong girls driving JKs to the malls these days though.

    The main reason for the 4 door is that a owner will never grow out of a Wrangler, when kids come along etc, many people were forced to give up their Wranglers because it wasn’t practical as their lifestyle changed, I would have been in that boat when the kids came along, but after 9 years I sold my 2 door JK for 60% of what I paid for it, financed the entire price of the 4 door at 0%, invested the money I got from the 2 door thanks #TrumpBump

    This anti 4 door rhetoric is like a dick measuring contest where the shortest dick wins.

    Depreciation? I can sell my 2015 for 90% of what I paid for it, plus I’m paying 0% financing over 3 years.

  • Pint and a Shot

    This top looks exactly like the current top. Not sure where the author got any idea otherwise other than click bait for the article.

  • GreenMonkeyPants

    A photo of THAT would have been nice in this article.

  • Cjs

    The reliability issue is not a Jeep issue, it’s a Chrysler problem. Chrysler engineers screw up EVERYTHING they touch. There is a long, sad history of “newly designed” Chrysler engines that self destruct at 60-80,000 miles.

  • Will Killyou

    “blank slates”?? These vehicles are way too heavily filled with junk to be blank slates. Computer control is our problem until the laws are changed to force Car companies to give consumers source code and other data.