For now we’re reporting this as a rumor, but the report from Jalopnik seems legit. We have a request for comment in to Jeep and will report with confirmation when we hear back. Apparently — and despite the fact that the doors appeared on otherwise production-spec Wrangler models shown to the media and public show goers — Jeep says the cutout half doors were “always a prototype.” In the end, traditional half doors were deemed the best option for production.
We don’t really disagree with the notion that traditional half doors are a better idea than the “prototype” cutout doors, especially considering how much effort went into making the JL Wrangler’s doors easier to remove than past versions. Plus, the aftermarket is rife with accessory doors and panels to choose from if the regular or optional half doors aren’t to your liking. Still, we’re sure some Wrangler JL intenders were looking forward to those unique donut-style metal doors, and so we must pass the disappointment in their direction.