Going on an off-road adventure in your Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator will be safer than before. Those that fear they might break or damage the windshields on their Jeeps while going on a trail will soon have peace of mind courtesy of Gorilla Glass windshields.
You read right. The same glass that protects smartphones from scratches and cracks can now be fitted in both the (JT) Gladiator and (JL) Wrangler 4x4s. Best of all, it's available through Mopar's Jeep Performance Parts. The shatter-proof windshields feature the same chemical-strengthening technology as the one used on their smartphone screens.
Mopar claims the combination of the ultra-thin Gorilla Glass inner ply with 52% thicker outer ply makes the windshield lightweight and durable. The result is that it offers superior resistance against cracks, chips, and fractures from stones and off-road debris that would otherwise break or damage a standard windshield.
“Out on the trail or on a daily commute, windshield damage can happen anywhere at any time. Our proven, quality-tested JPP replacement windshields made with Gorilla Glass offer hard-core Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator owners additional protection and a factory warranty,” said Mark Bosanac, North America vice president, Mopar Service, Parts & Customer Care.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that Jeep offered Corning's Gorilla Glass technology to their 4x4s. Mopar first offered the durable glass replacement in April 2018 for the 2007 – 2018 MY Jeep Wrangler (JK) models. To date, Mopar is still offering this windshield replacement for only USD 645, or about PHP 32,204.
So how much will the more durable glass cost you in a Wrangler or Gladiator? Expect to pay a premium as the Gorilla Glass windshield for both vehicles start at USD 793 or around PHP 39,593. In the future, they will even offer versions with a printed antenna (USD 820 or PHP 40,937), a forward camera with a surround heater (USD 927 or PHP 46,279), and a variant with all the extra features ($932 or PHP 46,531). It's quite expensive, but it is better than needing a brand new windshield altogether.
For now, Mopar is offering the Gorilla Glass windshield in the US and Canadian markets. But could Jeep Philippines actually offer this upgrade in the country? With Jeep already offering factory accessories, maybe they can also offer it locally to interested customers. The only question now is, will the windshields be more expensive once they arrive in the country?