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MOPAR SHOWS OFF CONCEPT PARTS FOR JL JEEP WRANGLER

The New Accessories Will Likely See Production By Next Year

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Moparized JL Jeep Wrangler With Prototype Accessories

What seem to be just a concept in name only, Mopar teased a set of new accessories for the JL Jeep Wrangler that will be on display during the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas that starts tomorrow. What we’re looking at are new tube door mirrors and door skins that will very likely find themselves into the fold of the already 200-plus official Mopar Accessories for the iconic American SUV. In fact, the Jeep Wrangler has taken SEMA’s 4X4/SUV of the year award for the past nine years.

The door skins appear to be a sort of breathable mesh water-resistant fabric that stretch over the Mopar accessory door rails, as well as the roof. The door skins can be easily applied and removed thanks to a zipper function, and are effortlessly stored thanks to their composition and weight. Mopar officials at hand said that the skins are meant to protect occupants from various debris that the tires may incidentally kick up either on or off-road, but still manages to maintain that special open air feel.

The concept door mirrors fit to the accessory rails via a tube opening that enhances rearward visibility back to normal levels. And it’s not hard to imagine these parts will be available for the Jeep Gladiator, as well.

Along with the concept parts, this Jeep Wrangler also features a one-piece stamped steel front bumper with integrated fog lamps, tow hooks on the top and “D-ring” attachments at the bottom, a Fox shock two-inch lift kit, Mopar cold air intake and snorkel, beadlock capable wheels, 35-inch tires, and Mopar Warn winch kit. These parts are all currently available to consumers. And seeing as the Jeep Wrangler sees an accessorization rate of over 90 percent, there’s little doubt that these parts will be left collecting dust in a warehouse somewhere.

Across town, the all-new Ford Bronco will reportedly have A-pillar mounted mirrors so as to allow for doorless driving without losing the visual aides that would otherwise be mounted on the door panels. This could be FCA’s answer to the Bronco, without specifically saying so.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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