1979 marked a major change for the front-end styling of the Wagoneer. The turn-signals returned to their location on the valence panel, but all-new was the one-piece chromed aluminum bumper (later accented with rubber rub-strips) and two square headlights. Also new was a contoured grille that returned to a somewhat vertical theme by protruding outward and upward into the peak of the grille. Also notable is the plastic air-dam that would now hide the front spring shackles and divert some air from flowing underneath the truck. This front-end style continued intact with the first two years of the changeover to the Grand Wagoneer model. A variation of this same grille was used on the Cherokees and pickup models in 1979, but in 1980 those models received a vertical chrome-bar grille, thus retaining the Jeep tradition of unique front-end styling for the Wagoneers.