The competition in the off-road SUV segment is continuing to heat up, as offerings like the new Ford Bronco and Land Rover Discovery are poised to join the fight. However, it is the Jeep Wrangler that holds the crown for the time being here in the United States. Holding that spot for decades has come with an unrivaled amount of aftermarket Jeep support and factory-backed accessories. This list of parts may be growing, as spy photos uploaded to Motor1 suggest that the folks at FCA are finally bringing a set of half-doors to fruition.
First teased alongside the Jeep Jeepster Concept revealed back in 2018 for the Jeep Easter Safari, a set of factory half-doors has long captured the attention of fans. We saw the design pop up again more recently when FCA unveiled the Wrangler 392 Concept, on the very same day that Ford debuted the returning Bronco. However, these new spy shots mark the first time that we’ve seen a half-door design employed on a production model Wrangler.
The half-doors seen on this prototype feature a standard metal lower section, with a thick fabric section making up the window frame and the window itself. The construction looks similar to the fabric rear windows that buyers can already purchase from FCA, or like the several aftermarket door solutions on the market. We suspect that the fit and finish of this particular part will improve if it ever gets the green light, as the current plexiglass windows look rather awkward.
The decision to add a half-door option to the Jeep Wrangler catalogue isn’t too surprising. With the Bronco expected to arrive with over 200 accessories available from Ford and its partners, FCA needs to be in a position to match some of that volume. Considering Ford has already teased a number of different accessories that will be available down the road, this is likely just the first of many new Jeep parts to expect in the near future.