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2013 Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited 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

Exterior

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

The Wrangler Polar Limited Edition is based on the Wrangler Sahara model. While technically based on an existing model, the special edition Wrangler does have some distinctive aesthetic features, including a new front grille that comes with Gloss Black accents on the lamp throats and a new Hydro Blue paint finish, one of three available colors for the Wrangler Polar in addition to Billet Silver Metallic and Bright White.

Notice also that the hood of this Wrangler appears to be different than the rest of its kind. That’s because Jeep installed a powerdome hood that provides an even more imposing visage of toughness to the all-roader. A three-color hood decal can also be prominently seen in the Wrangler Polar, touched up with mountain outlines and a black fuel filler door that comes courtesy of Mopar. From there, the changes continue with a new hard spare-tire cover that’s also a new styling design that |Jeep introduced specifically for this model. A Gloss Black Jeep logo above the front grille can also be visibly seen while a new set of Gloss Black 18-inch alloy wheels round out the exterior features of the Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

Interior

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

Plenty of upgrades were done on the interior of the Wrangler Polar Limited Edition. That’s hardly a surprise, considering that Jeep has been known to do impressive work dressing up its cabins on the occasions that call for it.

In this case, black leather seats were used on the limited edition Wrangler. Not content with just that, Jeep also enhanced the Look of the seats by adding Pearl White accent stitching and a “Polar” logo neatly embroidered on the backrests. The steering wheel also has black leather with Pearl White stitching wrapped around it, while more of the distinctive white stitching can also be found on the floor console lid and the armrests.

Continuing on the black-and-white theme of the interior, high-gloss Ceramic White was used on the passenger-side dashboard grab bar, as well as the dashboard vent rings, creating what Jeep describes as “the contrasting effect of the light on Antarctic glaciers”.

Drivetrain

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

The new limited-edition Wrangler Polar is powered by a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine that produces 200 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 340 pound-feet of torque while matched to an automatic or manual transmission. If you wanted a bigger engine, you can opt for the 3.6-liter V-6 that delivers 284 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque while mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

No information yet on pricing although we expect it to retail exclusively in Europe for probably around €24,000, which is about $31,600 based on current exchange rates.

Competition

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser

The Toyota FJ Cruiser can provide the same type of dust-collecting, mud-swamping action as that of the Wrangler.

Powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers a total of 260 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of peak torque. The FJ Cruiser’s numbers aren’t too far off from the Wrangler, except that it comes with a slightly bigger engine and a less powerful output. The prices aren’t all that different from each other either, so it really boils down to the Wrangler Polar Limited Edition being a limited edition and offering more output.

Conclusion

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

The extra features that are part of the Wrangler Polar Limited Edition package are definite pluses. Adding a slice of posh to the rugged identity of the all-roader will only give that much more appeal, especially for the folks over there in Europe.

LOVE IT
  • Exterior upgrades are nice
  • Very cozy interior
  • Two engine options
LEAVE IT
  • Only available in Europe

Press Release

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

In order to highlight the most adventurous soul and legendary 4x4 capabilities of the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the new limited-edition, customised Wrangler Polar model will be revealed on the Jeep stand at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in the four-door Wrangler Unlimited configuration, and will boast an all-new Hydro Blue exterior colour matched to a Black interior.

On the heels of the success of recently launched - and sold out - limited-edition customisations of Jeep Wrangler, this new special model sports a unique trim level dedicated to all those enthusiasts searching for adventure and absolute performance in extreme driving conditions. Featuring exclusive styling cues, 18" Gloss Black alloy wheels, body-colour hardtop and original Mopar® accessories, the new Jeep Wrangler Polar will be available in Europe in the first quarter of 2014, in both two- and four-door versions, powered by the brilliant 2.8-litre turbo diesel or the powerful 3.6-litre petrol engine.

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

Jeep Wrangler Polar takes its cue from the severe climate and extreme conditions that characterise the Antarctic region. The "Polar" badge located on the vehicle’s side next to the front fender flares shows off the 78° S and 106° E coordinates that correspond to the location of Vostok in Antarctica: the exact point where the absolute severest temperature in the world was recorded at -89.2° C (-128.56° F).

Thus the theme of winter that in the past inspired the creation of highly appreciated special series now returns in the making of this new special-edition model. The winter theme is what lies behind the choice of the Wrangler Polar’s unique styling cues suggesting class-leading capabilities and the use of distinctive interior colours and details that recall features from the Antarctic region.

The new Jeep Wrangler Polar was designed to express the freedom of going beyond the known limits to venture into unexplored territories: an experience that only Wrangler enthusiasts can enjoy, thanks to the reliability and safety granted by a vehicle featuring benchmark technology and unmatched off-road expertise achieved in more than seventy years of history. With its hostile routes and severe climate, the Antarctic region offers the driving conditions that the iconic Jeep Wrangler was engineered to conquer.

Based on the Jeep Wrangler Sahara model, the exterior of the new Wrangler Polar boasts unique features that contribute to distinguish it aesthetically from all the other models in the Jeep lineup. First of all, the new front grille, featuring unique Gloss Black accents on the lamp throats, and the new hard spare-tyre cover are both new styling cues introduced specifically for this limited-edition model. Further exterior appointments characterizing the Wrangler Polar are the Powerdome hood and the body-colour hardtop with deep-tint sunscreen glass. A Gloss Black Jeep logo above the front grille and Gloss Black 18" alloy wheels enhance the distinctive look of the vehicle. Completing the exterior appointment of the new Jeep Wrangler Polar special-edition model is the unique, three-colour hood decal, featuring the outline of mountains, and the black fuel-filler door from Mopar.

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

The interior features Black leather seats enhanced by Pearl White accent stitching and "Polar" logo embroidered on the upper portion of the backrests. Standard equipment also includes heated front seats and a black leather-wrapped steering wheel with Pearl White stitching and high-gloss Ceramic White painted bezels. Pearl White accent stitching is found also on the armrests and floor console lid. The passenger-side dashboard grab bar and dashboard vent rings are finished in high-gloss Ceramic White to create the contrasting effect of the light on Antarctic glaciers.

The exclusive cabin of the Jeep Wrangler Polar special edition also features an all-new cluster overlay with rings painted high-gloss Ceramic White and surrounding a blue instrument background with "Polar" logo. Mopar tread-pattern slush mats complete the interior appointments of the new Wrangler Polar.

In addition to the all-new Hydro Blue colour that adds to the unique look of the vehicle displayed in Frankfurt, the Jeep Wrangler Polar special-edition model is also available in Billet Silver Metallic and Bright White exterior colours.

Engineered to take on the most challenging off-road trails, Jeep Wrangler Polar is equipped with the Dana 30 front axle and powerful Dana 44 rear axle. Legendary Wrangler capability is achieved through the standard Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. In order to handle any off-road track in utmost safety, the new Wrangler Polar model comes standard with the Trac-Lok anti-spin rear differential. This particular differential replaces the manual rear-axle locker and is a torque-sensitive mechanical unit that works to maintain traction when travelling on slippery or rough road surfaces, such as on sand, gravel, snow or ice. Trac-Lok automatically distributes the available torque to the rear wheel with the most traction, thus helping to reduce wheel spin caused by lack of traction in the other rear wheel.

Jeep Wrangler Polar Limited Edition

The standard equipment for on-board comfort includes automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls, heated front seats, height-adjustable driver seat, Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) and cruise control.

Optional equipment available on Jeep Wrangler Polar is the Dual Top configuration that offers the possibility to have both the Sunrider® soft top and the Freedom TopTM hardtop options in one package. A further optional feature is the Polar Pack 1 special package offering front side air bags, UConnectTM multi-media infotainment and navigation system with 6.5-inch touchscreen, 40-gigabyte hard disk, USB compatibility, AUX port and DVD player.

The new limited-edition model will be powered by the efficient 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine matched to an automatic or manual transmission, or by the 3.6-litre V-6 petrol engine paired to the automatic gearbox. The 2.8-litre CRD engine delivers 200 hp (147 kW) of power at 3,600 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 1,600 - 2,600 rpm when paired to the five-speed automatic transmission. On models with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2.8-litre engine delivers 200 hp and 410 Nm of torque at 2,600 - 3,200 rpm. The 3.6-litre V-6 petrol engine of the Wrangler range, available in selected markets on this special series in addition to the 2.8-litre CRD engine, delivers 284 hp (209 kW) and 347 Nm of torque and is paired to the five-speed automatic transmission.

For more than seventy years, the Jeep brand has been the benchmark for an entire category of vehicles in terms of performance and versatility. Jeep Wrangler has been and remains the most famous model in the Jeep range worldwide. A brand icon, Wrangler has always been able to ensure its customers a unique degree of freedom thanks to its ability to master the most extreme off-road trails in utmost safety.

With a 52 cm longer wheelbase and a larger cabin that can comfortably accommodate five passengers, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the evolution of the classic Wrangler. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited combines the exceptional Jeep off-road capabilities with the comfort and versatility of an everyday car, turning the off-road champion into a four-door 4x4 convertible.

Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are available in the Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels and are all powered by the 2.8-litre turbo diesel Common-Rail engine featuring Stop/Start technology. The 3.6-litre V-6 petrol engine is available only on the Sahara model of both Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.



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