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Jeep released three photos ahead of the model's full debut.

We weren't expecting to see the 2018 Jeep Wrangler until this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens its doors in a few weeks. Jeep surprised us by publishing the first three official photos a month before the off-roader's scheduled debut.The images confirm the Wrangler gets evolutionary design changes. The grille is more upright, and the headlights are recessed into the outer slots, a design feature last seen on the CJ-7. The turn signals have moved from the grille to the fenders. The pictures show the Rubicon and Sahara trims, so more basic variants will undoubtedly look less rugged.

Air breathers chiseled into the body reduce turbulence in the front wheel wells. Out back, we can tell the lights stretch into the quarter panels, another first for the Wrangler.

The photos also confirm the windshield continues to fold down, and the doors are still removable. In short: the new Wrangler hasn't gone soft like many feared it would. It even retains the flat, vertical dashboard.

Jeep hasn't released technical specifications, so we'll have to wait until the Los Angeles show opens its doors to learn more official details. However, rumors claim the 3.6-liter V6 will carry over, and a 2.0-liter turbo four rated at about 300 horsepower will join the line-up later in the production run.