Owners of Jeep Wrangler SUVs and Gladiator pickups know the sound all too well: a loud pop made by a stone inadvertently flung toward their windshields, resulting in a chip at best or a rapidly expanding crack at worst.
Jeep now has a solution, thanks to Corning’s Gorilla Glass. For just $95, most Wrangler and Gladiator trim levels can be optioned with a windshield featuring a layer of ultra-thin Gorilla Glass. Jeep says the layer makes the screen as much as three times more resistant to cracking or chipping.
The upright windshield design, part of the Wrangler’s DNA since the original World War II military Jeep vehicles, is like a magnet for rocks.
At just $95 from the factory, the glass is a must-have option for anyone who intends to either hit the dirt or spend time on the highway.
Separately, Jeep also added a new Gecko Green paint hue to help run out the end of 2021 Wrangler and Gladiator production. The bright hue costs $245 extra.
Jeep will close orders for the 2021 Wrangler at the end of August, and Gladiator orders will close by the end of October. However, reports out of Detroit indicate that Jeep will halt production of the Gladiator pickup at its Toledo, Ohio, assembly plant next week due to the global semiconductor chip shortage. The production stoppage marks the first time Jeep’s pickup has been affected. The automaker has not indicated when the assembly line will start rolling again. See Jeep Gladiator models for sale and See Jeep Wrangler models for sale