Bringing some classic capability and style to the 2014 Wrangler.
One of the most iconic off-road vehicles of all-time is the Jeep. It all started back in World War II when the United States Military used Jeeps to move all across the European, African, and the Pacific theatres. The first civilian models, called the Willys-Overland CJ-2A appeared in 1945 and instantly became a hit thanks to their rugged dependability and off-road prowess. The Willys could overcome any obstacle and have made their mark with the Jeep brand today. At the 2014 Los Angeles Motor Show, the American automaker will be unveiling its new Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition that features all sorts of classic off-road upgrades from new drivetrain components to 17-inch Jeep Wrangler wheels.
The fully-functional Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is based off of the Wrangler Sport model and comes in two- and four-door variants.
“The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is a Jeep purist’s dream, delivering a Jeep vehicle that harkens back to the original, classic CJs of the 1940s,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This new Jeep vehicle delivers pure functionality and rugged capability in a unique package that recognizes the origins of the brand.”
Putting the power to all four Jeep Wrangler wheels will be an array of upgraded drivetrain components on the Willys Wheeler Edition that are designed to overcome any kind of obstacle off-road. A Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok® limited-slip rear differential and 3.73 gears gives the driver more capability than before and is paired up with new rock rails. Drivers also benefit from a Jeep Trail Rated kit that includes a D-ring, tow strap, and Jeep-branded gloves. The Jeep Command-Trac 4×4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio also works alongside to ensure nothing is too rugged for the Willys Wheeler Edition. Clawing at whatever comes in its path are a new set of 17-inch aluminum Jeep Wrangler wheels in black fitted with BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain LT255/75R17 tires.
A number of visual upgrades are also featured throughout the new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition. Classic touches such as satin black “4 Wheel Drive” rear tailgate badge and “Willys” hood decals. The new edition also boasts gloss black front and rear bumper applications, a gloss black grille, Jeep badge, and Sunrider soft-top and deep tint rear windows.
Putting all of the power to each of the four Jeep Wrangler wheels is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that spits out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque. Drivers can opt for either the traditional six-speed manual as standard or available five-speed automatic.
The new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition will be priced at $25,795 MSRP for the two-door model and $29,595 MSRP for the four-door model.