Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Here at TopSpeed, we love the veteran’s of our armed forces; be it from wars from decades ago or ones currently stationed in war zones across the globe, we salute you all.

Along with the brave men and women, there are also animals and automobiles that play integral roles in our armed forces. One of the original wartime automotive veterans was the 1941 Willys-Overland MB, which was informally dubbed the "Jeep."

There are a few rumors about how exactly the name "Jeep" came to be, but the most commonly accepted story is that the MB was a "General Purpose" vehicle that officials often abbreviated as "G.P.", and slurring of the abbreviation was how the name came to be — there are also reports that the "jeep" name was used as far back as 1914.

The Willys-Overland Jeep first became available for civilian purchase, known as the CJ-2A, in 1945, and the automaker filed to trademark the "Jeep" name in 1943, but it was not granted until 1950. The CJ endured several buyouts, transfers and sales, but it only lasted a short time longer after Chrysler bought the company in 1987.

The above video is a 1943 film name "The Autobiography of a Jeep," which highlights the how this automotive veteran helped the real veterans in WWII.

Of course, Veteran’s Day is all about celebrating the brave men and women of the U.S., so we end with recognizing the men and women of the armed services for protecting us and our freedoms. Whether you are simply a reservist that has never seen a battlefield or a multi-tour veteran, the entire TopSpeed team thanks you for you service!

Last month, we told you about the latest special edition to grace the iconic Jeep Wrangler : The 2014 Polar Edition . It made its debut at the Frankfort Auto Show and was outfitted for duty in Europe only. Its Euro-spec bumpers and spare tire cover took hopes away that the United States would see their own version. But alas, the Polar Edition Wrangler is headed our way this November.

The U.S.-spec Wrangler Polar Edition is based on the Sahara trim package and still retains all the extra luxury amenities, like power door locks and windows, heated leather seats up front, automatic climate control, and available navigation. What sets the Polar Edition apart is its unique badging, color schemes, grille inserts and 18-inch, gloss-black, alloy wheels. The package is offered in both two- and four-door configurations.

Those with a trained eye will notice the differences in other details as well. Polar white trim adorns the steering wheel, A/C vents and grab handles, while silhouetted glacial ranges appear on the powerdome hood and in the seatback stitching. The large “Polar” badge affixed just aft of the front tires tells of a special location at 78° S and 106° E in Antarctica where the lowest temperature was ever recorded on Earth – a chilly -128.56 degrees Fahrenheit (-89.2 Celsius).

Jeep has given the Polar Edition Wrangler a few mechanical changes too. A limited-slip rear differential comes standard and can be combined with an available electronic locker inside the Dana 44 axle. Up front, a Dana 30 is turned by the part-time Command-Trac NV241, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72-to-1 low range.

The Wrangler is still motivated by the Pentastar 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while getting an EPA-estimated 21 mpg highway. Both a six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmission are available. Sadly, we won’t be getting the 2.8-liter Turbo Diesel found in European Wranglers.

Click past the jump for more photos and info on the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition

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Off-roading can be just as challenging, scary and life-changing as a high-speed track session with a supercar .

With supercars, the chances of a costly mistake are present but manageable. The tracks are typically perfect, the guard rails are there to keep you out of the trees in the case of a spin out, and generally, backing off the throttle is enough to recover control before anything goes *crunch*.

Off-roading, however, brings a real chance that poor driving or the wrong car will result in serious damage to both that driver’s confidence and the car’s rolling ability.

While most racetracks are filled with other cars to help you get home after putting yours into a wall, the situation out on desolate off-road trails is much more grim is something really breaks. Being stranded becomes a real possibility, with bad results almost a sure thing.

After popping three tires and cracking an alloy rim of the 18-inch wheels and 35-section tires of my (poor, abused) Subaru Legacy GT wagon in Oak Ridge, Tennessee a few years ago, I had to limp down the mountain on two hideously-bent donut spare steel wheels. Tires sheared off long before, so it was a clunky and scary ride to a place that a tow truck could find me.

It was this moment I finally realized something: as with everything challenging, to go off-roading the right way, you need the right tools.

Those tools have adjustable suspensions, huge wheel travel, and tires so knobby that a 65 mph cruise on the highway sounds like a Monster Truck.

Great A/C, comfy seats and mechanical reliability are also key parameters for this list.

Click past the jump for the full Top-Ten Best Off-Road SUVs, featuring everything from Bowler Land Rovers to the Nissan Xterra .

If you’re racking your brains wondering where you’ve seen this special edition Jeep Wrangler before, we’re going to spare you the trouble. The Wrangler Year of the Dragon Concept was first shown at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show to mark the Chrysler ’s return to the Chinese market.

A little over a year after the concept made its debut, Jeep decided that it was about time it was turned into an actual production car. So it did so, giving birth to the 2014 Wrangler Dragon Edition, which, ironically, will be sold in the North American market.

Surprise, surprise, to say the least.

The production model retains most of the design characteristics of the concept version and, though the actual Year of the Dragon has come and gone, the model will likely still get its share of undivided attention given its status as a limited-run, special-edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Dragon Edition

The 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show will play host to quite a treat from Jeep . Known for its plethora of special edition models, the American automaker is headed to the show with yet another limited-run offering.

Exclusive to Europe, the Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition comes packed with new aesthetic features, both on the exterior and interior.

It’s not really that surprising, especially with Jeep because of its rather strong penchant of rolling out limited-edition models like nobody’s business. But there’s something really appealing about the Wrangler Polar Limited Edition. For one, it’s got some nice exterior changes that while subtle, still brings out an improved look and stance for the off-roader.

And then there’s the interior, which, is really something to see.

All these modifications, plus the choice of two powertrain options, gives the Wrangler Polar Limited Edition the kind of cache that could lead the vehicle to be a popular model once it hits dealerships.

Too bad it’s only going to be offered in Europe .

Click past the jump to read about the Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

The annual Moab Easter Safari is upon us and as always, Jeep will be presenting a total of six concepts to show off when the event kicks off this coming March 23-31 in Moab, Utah.

One of the models that Jeep released is the Wrangler "Slim" Edition, a rather adventurous-looking utility vehicle that’s been dressed up in what Jeep describes as the Rock Lobster color exterior — a fancy name for a fancy color.

We don’t know where the "Slim" name plays into the picture, but apparently, Jeep is using a plethora of lightweight components on this Wrangler, highlighted by a special 10th Anniversary Rubicon front bumper to with an extremely lightweight rear bumper. The special-edition Wrangler also comes with lightweight rock rails, a fancy black grille, black hood decals, LED headlights, a Mopar cold-air intake, a locking gas cap, and a set of 17-inch Jeep Performance Parts forged bead-lock wheels wrapped in Rubicon tires.

Meanwhile, the interior of the Wrangler Slim only gets a few choice upgrades, particularly leather seat covers, a hard-top headliner, all-weather slush mats and a CB radio.

Powering the Wrangler Slim is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces a stout 260 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque while mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 04/02/13: Interested to see more of the Jeep Wrangler Slim? Well, Jeep has released more photos of the special edition off-road vehicle in the photo gallery below!

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Another Wrangler concept to be displayed at this year’s annual Easter Jeep Safari will be the Wrangler Flattop, a vehicle described as "a paradox of sorts." Though no updates have been made under the hood, all the exterior and interior changes, plus some of the most hard-core off-road updates transformed it into a real eye-catcher.

On the exterior, the concept features metallic sandstone paint with copper accents on the hood hinges, tow hooks, grille slats and headlamp surrounds, and brown accents for the bumpers, side rails, side mirrors and hood decal. There is also a custom one-piece, windowless hard top, plus the hood and bumpers were inspired by the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition.

For the interior, Jeep opted for dark saddle Katzkin leather seats combined with copper insertions on the steering wheel spokes, vent rings and passenger grab handle.

The concept sits on aluminum five-spoke wheels wrapped in 37-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires that transform it into the perfect car for the Safari.

UPDATE 04/02/13: A fresh batch of new photos featuring the Wrangler Flattop has been released. Check ’em out by heading over to the gallery!

Just like the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept II, the Wrangler Sand Trooper II is a follow up on an earlier concept Jeep revealed last year.

We all remember the original Sand Trooper that caught a lot of eyes at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. This time, the Sand Trooper II is headed to the Easter Moab Safari and it comes chock-full with new accessories and upgrades, thanks to Mopar.

Chrysler’s in-house aftermarket company really did a number on this Wrangler, complete with a new satin black grille, a hood lock, a Warn winch, Mopar flat fenders, rock rails, a vented hood, and LED off-road lights and headlamps.

Catch your breath because Mopar’s not done yet.

It also installed front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road “Shorty” modified bumpers, a Rubicon 10th Anniversary swing away rear tire carrier, a trailer-tow hitch receiver, black tail-lamp guards and locking fuel door, a Jeep Performance Parts badge, and last but most definitely not least, a set of enormous 40-inch prototype forged bead-lock wheels.

The interior also features its share of new components, although not as extensive as the exterior upgrades. Most of the modifications feature storage compartments and that includes: a center-console locking storage, locking below-floor storage box and a trunk storage box. There are also leather seats, Mopar slush mats, a Trailside winch kit, black door-sill guards, sun visors and a rear back-up camera display.

Finally, the Wrangler Sand Trooper II carries the same powertrain as its predecessor: a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that produces an output of 375 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 04/02/13: More photos of the Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper II have been released. Browse through the fresh batch in the gallery below!

For the 2013 Easter Safari, Jeep has found a solution to combine design elements from the SRT Viper with the amazing off-road capabilities of the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon . This daring combination has been made in the Wrangler Stitch - a concept car that delivers a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

Tons of modifications have been made in order to reduce weight: all the interior comfort systems have been removed, the rear seats have also been removed, the front seats were taken from an SRT Viper and the doors were completely removed.

The exterior went on a diet too, as the hood is made of carbon fiber and the roll cage is made from chrome. All the weight-saving changes lead to a total weight of just 3,000 pounds.

In order to make it even more off-road capable, Jeep installed a Mopar cold-air intake, a Mopar exhaust kit, DynaTrac Pro Rock 44 axles with 4.88 gears, ARB front and rear lockers, King shocks, Tom Woods drive shafts, and new 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson 35-inch off-road tires.

UPDATE 04/02/13: More photos of the Jeep Wrangler Stitch have been unveiled. Check them out by hopping over to the gallery below!

As usual, Jeep has found a very interesting way to celebrate Easter: with an annual Easter Jeep Safari taking place in Moab, Utah. The event is already in its 47th edition and will be attended by thousands of diehard off-road enthusiasts. Jeep and Mopar will be presenting a series of concept cars specially developed for the event.

The first from the list is the Wrangler Mopar Recon. It features an authoritative gray exterior paint combined with numerous Mopar add-ons: front and rear half-door and window kits, front and rear off-road bumpers, rock rails, a canvas soft top and headlamps with LED lights. For the interior, the concept adds custom seats made from Navy blankets and Navy camouflage material.

Under the hood, the concept gets something that all Wrangler traditionalists have been craving: a nasty V-8 engine. Just how nasty? Oh, “only” a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 crate engine that delivers a total of 470 ponies to help you better tackle just about any terrain or hillside. This massive 6.4-liter engine comes mated to a five-speed automatic transmission – boo – with a set of Dana 60 front and rear axles with 4.10-to-1 guts on the inside.

Being an off-road concept, Mopar opted for Jeep Performance Parts prototype forged eight-lug beadlock wheels wrapped in 39-inch off-road tires. Also to help you take on the toughest terrain, the Wrangler Recon also features a long-arm lift kit.

Oh, how badly we want to see this nasty machine hit production. Unfortunately, the Wrangler is only becoming tamer at its ripe old age. Maybe someday…

UPDATE 04/02/13: Jeep has released a new set of photos of its Moab Easter Safari line-up. Check out the off-road shots of the Wrangler Recon in the gallery!


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