Smartphone aficionados might be familiar with Gorilla Glass. The term is often thrown around in tech circles and what it basically does is, protects your smartphone’s screen in case of a fall or accidental damage. To test its durability, Gorilla Glass is often put to some extreme tests that showcase that it is far better than any other screen material when it comes to overall protection. What if we told you that the same tech invention is going to find its way to one of the most rugged SUVs in the game?
A recent report suggests that Jeep is prepping up to introduce Gorilla Glass windshield in two of its latest models.
According to the report, dealers will soon be offering buyers the choice to upgrade their front-facing windows to Gorilla Glass units. The windshield uses the same chemical-strengthening technology as the firm’s cell phone screens, giving them a three-times higher impact resistance versus a standard windshield. The optional screen is also reportedly thinner and lighter than the normal windshield found on the Wrangler and Gladiator. The report claims the Gorilla Glass windshield option costs just $95, and that Jeep expects 80 percent of buyers to opt-in.
According to some reports circulating on social media, Jeep Wrangler’s stock windscreen is prone to damage because of its upright stance. The upright positioning of the windscreen makes it vulnerable to flying pebbles and stone chips. Off-road enthusiasts who log serious miles offroad or on the highway will be familiar with the scourge of rock chips. Damaging to not only paint, they’ll also do a great job of ruining a windscreen, with small chips often leading to larger cracks in short order. The introduction of Gorilla Gloss will definitely increase the rugged quotient of the already badass Wrangler and Gladiator.
Jeep recently launched the made-in-India Wrangler. It comes in 2 variants – the Unlimited which retails for INR 53.90 lakhs ( ex-showroom ) and the Rubicon which retails for INR 57.90 lakhs ( ex-showroom ). Under the hood, there is a 2.0-litre high power turbo petrol engine which churns out 268 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission.