2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition

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.

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Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition

Pricing for the Polar Edition starts at $36,195 and climbs quickly from there. Options like the dual top group that provides both the hard and soft tops ($890) start adding up quickly. The five-speed automatic will cost you $1,275; the navigation another $1,570; and the locking rear differential yet another $1,500. We quickly found our MSRP reaching $45,000 with all the boxes checked on Jeep’s Build and Price website.

LOVE IT
  • Special Polar Edition makes it different
  • A true body-on-frame, solid-axle SUV capable of real off-roading
  • It’s a Wrangler. What’s not to love?
LEAVE IT
  • Useful cold-weather items like engine block heater not standard
  • Pricey, especially after adding options
  • The Jeep lifestyle isn’t for everybody

Press Release

Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition

October 23, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Jeep® Wrangler is legendary for its go-anywhere capability, no matter what challenges the weather or seasons may bring. To celebrate the upcoming winter season, the Jeep brand is bringing its new Wrangler Polar Edition, which made its debut at last month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, to U.S. showrooms in November.

“Jeep Wrangler is known for its 4x4 capability on any road or trail and in any weather condition,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The new Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition represents a tip of the hat to our loyal Jeep enthusiasts who are also lovers of outdoor winter activities and adventures. This new winter-themed Jeep will get them where they want to go, in a fun, new, unique – and very capable – special-edition package.”

The new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition takes inspiration from the severe climate and extreme conditions that characterize the Antarctic region. Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition 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 capability. With its hostile routes and severe climate, the Antarctic region offers the driving conditions that the iconic Jeep Wrangler was engineered to conquer.

The "Polar" badge, located on the vehicle’s side next to the front fender flares, exhibits 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 -128.56° F (-89.2° C).

Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition

Featuring exclusive styling cues, 18-inch Gloss Black alloy wheels, and a body-color hardtop, the new Jeep Wrangler Polar will be available in both two- and four-door Unlimited versions. Based on the Jeep Wrangler Sahara, the exterior of the new Wrangler Polar Edition boasts unique features such as the new front grille, Powerdome hood and the body-color 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 Edition is the unique, three-color hood decal, featuring the outline of mountains, and the black fuel-filler door from Mopar.

The interior features Black heated leather seats enhanced by Pearl White accent stitching and “Polar” logo embroidered on the upper portion of the backrests. Standard equipment also includes 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 door armrests and center 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 Edition.

In addition to an all-new Hydro Blue, the Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition model is also available in Billet Silver Metallic and Bright White exterior colors.

Engineered to take on the most challenging off-road trails and snow-covered roads, 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 with an available electronic locking differential.

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.

The new limited-edition model will be powered by the award-winning Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine that delivers 285 hp and 260 ft.-lbs. of torque and is paired to a standard six-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic transmission. Wrangler achieves up to 21 miles per gallon while still providing strong low-end torque necessary for easy off-roading.


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