While we admittedly enjoy the aesthetic spectacle that comes with an exterior tune-up, what really gets our juices flowing is when an aftermarket company can turn an interior cabin straight into one you normally would find in a luxury car . One of the best in the business at doing that is Vilner and recently, the Bulgarian aftermarket company took up the task of dressing up a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited . And the results are glorious.
First of all, pay no mind to what you believe a Wrangler stands for. Sure, it’s an off-road SUV, and one of the best at that . But it’s also more than that; it can also be turned into it’s own luxury ride, and that’s where Vilner comes into the picture.
With generous helpings of Alcantara and leather appointments, Vilner was able to turn the interior of the Wrangler Sahara Unlimited into a two-tone blend of red and black, the likes of which you normally don’t see in an off-road SUV. From there, Vilner also painted the metal components found on the roof in black while also adding chrome treatment on the steering wheel, doors, and air outlets.
Outside, the Bulgarian specialist was also nice enough to toss in some new duds, including new LED headlights, rear turn signals and fog lights, more chrome finishes on the mirrors, grilles, door handles and tank cap, and a new set of 20-inch gloss-black rims.
Finally, Vilner gave the Wrangler a modest performance tune, ratcheting up the output from the vehicle’s 2.8-liter diesel engine to 261 horsepower and 412 pound-feet of torque, which is a nice bump from the standard 200 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque numbers of the off-road SUV.
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The chrome trim on the exterior adds more sparkle to the Wrangler’s overall look.
Touches of red leather and Alcantara on the interior makes for a luxury ride that belies the rugged appearance of the Wrangler.
Had to imagine a Wrangler that looks like this can have an interior that looks straight out of a luxury car’s catalogue.
It’s important to have power when you’re the Wrangler, even more so when a tuner like Vilner successfully bumps it up to more than the stock model.
The Jeep Wrangler is such a legend in off-road circles for a reason. A series of major improvements since 2011 now brings vastly better seats, insulation and cabin tech on the inside, but keeps the removable doors, hardtop and fold-down windshield outside.
The Unlimited model now brings a four-door option with an available color-coded hardtop for the first time since the red Renegade Wrangler of the 1990s.
The colored top is miraculous at refining the Unlimited’s appearance on its longer wheelbase.
Even the two-door models gain the third most critical update: the latest 3.6-liter, V-6 that finally has the torque to match the old 4.0-liter, straight-six that powered this model’s best days.