First Look: New Wrangler Roof With MySky-Like Power Retractable Top

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JLWF member @itsphil recently spotted this 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon in Los Angeles. And while the driver tried to lose his tail, Phil persevered and managed to snap some great photos to share with us.

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The most interesting photo is the one above which provides a never-before-seen look at the interior roof, overhead console and windshield area. In the overhead console between the sunvisors is a cluster of new levers, buttons and switches that do not exist on the comparatively spartan JK Wrangler. This button cluster immediately reminded us of the Jeep Renegade when equipped with the MySky power retractable roof which has a large middle control button that automatically slides the panel back or tilts it upwards. So we decided to dig deeper to confirm our suspicions...

When we asked some trusted sources whether these controls were a derivation of the Jeep Renegade's MySky power retractable roof, we were told affirmatively that we were "on the right track." Examining the photo closely, we can see a large middle control button and two rows of switches ahead of it. These switches would presumably automatically retract the roof panels allowing them to slide backwards. The panels could still be completely removed with an updated latch (see the levers with teeth) that release from the interior. The panels would then be lifted up from the top of the vehicle and could be easily stored in the trunk. See this MySky demo video for a preview of how this could operate.


Based on this image and information provided by our sources we believe the JL Wrangler will get a multi-function roof that combines both mechanical and powered functionality into a single set up. It would be a groundbreaking first-ever feature for the Jeep Wrangler.

As we've noted in our JL/JLU/JT info compilation, we know that the JL/JLU will have a true 3 piece hardtop, interchangeable hard and soft top, and an optional hardtop glass panel. We've also heard that these options may be able to be combined for incredible flexibility depending on your tastes and preferences -- think glass over the front, soft canvas in the middle and hard vinyl for the rear. There should also be a power soft top with sliding/accordion style top.

With this added MySky-like power functionality, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL's top could truly offer jack-of-all-trades functionality. We're still digging to see if we can get more roof details and a clearer look inside so stay tuned for updates and let us know what you think!

See below for the remaining images which also show the grab bar handles attached to the A pillar, among other things:

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*Hat tip to Matt at Quadratec for contributing to the story.
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Wow that is not what I expected at all. Very interesting! They do look like buttons in that photo.
 

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Definitely looks like it could be a set of controls for a mysky power top. Compared to the manual JK top there's a lot more electronics and mechanism in place on that roof.




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Removable interior inserts hiding sunroof panels, that when removed, can come together like voltron and form a full memory foam mattress which covers the rear cargo area when back seat folded down .... ? :bandit::like:
 

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Seriously doubt it's a "power top." However, there's always been a lot of unused real estate in the A-pillar trim that's perfect for extra buttons, controls, auxiliary switches, etc. The recent news of an included CB would make that an ideal spot for it.
 

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Woa power top on a Wrangler. Pretty revolutionary addition considering how little changes on the Wrangler over time. It's looking like Jeep really went wild on roof options and configurability for JL.

Went back and stuedied the pic. Pretty convincing that this is a mechanical top because if this was a standard manual top, that means when it's removed it'd leave a much smaller opening (compared to the JK) because that whole control panel area sticks out so much. No reason to put all those controls there with a manual top and they'd only narrow the open top space.
 

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thank for the post and the love! Hope you all enjoy the pics :) this lady driving hated me for following her for 15 minutes haha.

The headlights in person looked really good. It is completely different then the jk's new headlights for 2017. Cant wait to see this unveiled.
 

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thank for the post and the love! Hope you all enjoy the pics :) this lady driving hated me for following her for 15 minutes haha
Great job man, that interior photo is money. Usually these kinds of photos are blurry and shaky as hell but not yours. did you manage to get a clear look at those roof controls and buttons with the naked eye?
 

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Great job man, that interior photo is money. Usually these kinds of photos are blurry and shaky as hell but not yours. did you manage to get a clear look at those roof controls and buttons with the naked eye?
Unfortunately i was unable to get a better look at the roof controls and buttons. I was so concentrated on getting a clear shot with my iphone that i just kept taking pictures haha. If i see it again, ill make sure to get a better look.
 

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Looking at where the "buttons" and supposed release latches are located it kind of looks like the roof doesn't go all the way to the windshield. I hope I'm wrong about that.
 

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Who is that guy driving the red wrangler...seems to be the same dude in all the photos. Someone needs to walk up to him, and ask if they can take interior photos!!! ....:)
 

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Nice spot. Didn't see this one coming. The roof options for the JL and JLU are shaping up to be the biggest story for the new Wrangler.
 

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With all that gadgetry attached to the overhead console / top of windshield how will the windshield fold down?
 

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Sport11 said:
With all that gadgetry attached to the overhead console / top of windshield how will the windshield fold down?
The fold- down part is the GLASS ; the outer frame is now an integral "roll cage" . The side Grab Handles are for lowering the glass. You can see the traditional type of outer windshield hinge in some of the Spy Pix.
This is a great Safety and Convenience improvement.
 

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Great find Phil. :like:

I'm really curious how they are going to make the entire roof come off (even with the help of another person) while having a sliding power roof. The Mysky roof on the Renegade is extremely bulky and seems like it would only work on a fixed traditional roof structure. There would also need to be a quick power disconnect for all the electronics involved.
 
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