When it comes to vehicle glass, “not all auto glass is created equal.” Most vehicles sport original equipment manufacturer (OEM), or aftermarket glass but, there might be more vehicles that will soon feature Corning’s Gorilla Glass. At this point some Jeeps being tested with Gorilla Glass installed in the aftermarket.
You’re probably wondering why the type of glass is important for any car on the market; any expert you find on Glass.com, should agree it comes down to safety.
Almost all windshields are made of laminated glass. Laminated glass is made up of two pieces of glass that have a thin plastic layer in the middle. The plastic layer actually protects you if your windshield is impacted by allowing it to break less unsafely than most glasses. Think of a sandwich, where the glass is the bread and the cold cuts are double-sided cellophane tape.
Tough Glass Options for Your Jeep
Gorilla Glass has grown in popularity over the years and the company has incorporated it in some of the most common mobile technology like cell phones and tablets. Now however, the company has further expanded its reach and has designed vehicle windshields for Jeeps.
Gorilla Glass is a chemically-tempered glass that is stronger and lighter than conventional auto glass, according to Corning’s website. The company states its glass measures less than a half-millimeter thick. The company says this helps reduce a windshield’s weight up to 33%.
Jeeps are known to handle just about anything thrown at them, including off-road debris.
Photo cutline: A windshield’s result after being hit with rock chips and roadway debris.
According to the company, Gorilla Glass windshields are a stronger grade of glass that helps protect against things like:
“ … [it’s] light-weight, tougher, and more durable to minimize costly repairs. Plus, it’s been validated in testing and is backed by a two-year limited warranty,” according to Mopar’s website. Mopar is the parts, service and customer care organization within Fiat and Chrysler vehicles. It also designs and builds a small number of customized vehicles. Its name comes from a combination of letters from the words motor and parts.
Mopar now offers a Corning’s Gorilla Glass windshield for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK as an option for windshield replacements. Your auto glass expert can tell you this means if your Jeep qualifies for a replacement you have the option of choosing a “stronger grade of windshield glass” for your vehicle.
Mopar has come up with its own list of benefits regarding Corning’s glass that include protection against sharp and blunt impact.
According to Mopar, if you choose Gorilla Glass for your next windshield replacement it will protect against “common windshield fractures” that could end up costing you more money in the long run.
At this time there isn’t anything confirmed from Corning in regard to making Gorilla Glass OE on Jeeps, but seeing as Jeep has one of the least sloped windshields on the market, having this capability for a replacement option could be valuable. According to Jeep, its windshields are “prime vertical targets for rocks and debris,” and in turn, due to its slope, it has higher rates of breakage.
The terms “lighter” and “stronger” are not usually what you might hear your Glass.com auto glass expert say when they describe the glass you’ll need for your next vehicle, but it’s become more common as vehicle manufacturers have been working to develop sleeker and more aerodynamic models. But where does the glass fit in?
Not Entirely New
A few year’s ago car manufacturer Ford and Pittsburgh Glass Work (PGW), a manufacturer of automotive glass, teamed up in the U.S. to introduce a Ford GT that features a hybrid windshield from Corning’s Gorilla Glass division.
“The new Gorilla Glass hybrid window laminate was approximately 25 to 50% thinner, and has equal to, or greater strength than traditional laminate,” according to a statement released by Ford. “Traditional laminate glass ranges from 4 to 6 mm in thickness, where the Gorilla Glass hybrid window ranges from 3 mm to 4 mm.”
One concern several industry professionals had at that time involved not only the strength of the glass, but its cost. Though Corning says that Gorilla Glass is significantly stronger than conventional automotive glass, it is more expensive to manufacture.
Seen and Used
If you’re still wondering if Gorilla Glass will be the next glass in your vehicle take a look at what others had to say after the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show® (CES) in Las Vegas. A main highlight of the show centered on Corning’s developments in the automotive sector.
“Consumers want a more connected and immersive driver experience in the cockpit. Automakers are responding by deploying displays that are larger, longer, shaped, and more integrated,” said Michael Kunigonis, vice president and general manager, Corning Automotive Glass Solutions. “As a result, an auto-specific use-case has emerged to address these trends and to challenge today’s incumbent cover materials, which can fail up to one-in-three times during industry reliability tests, increasing supply chain costs,” Kunigonis added.
Company representatives said those were some of the reasons why Corning scientists continue to develop higher quality glass solutions.
“We’ve been extremely pleased with manufacturer interest in Gorilla Glass for Automotive,” said Kunigonis.
Now that you’ve learned a little more about what automotive windshield glass is available for your Jeep, you can better relate to your Glass.com technician who will work with you on all aspects of your replacement.