The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Gets A Mopar Makeover at L.A. Auto Show
Everyone knows Jeep Wranglers are extremely customizable and a vast majority of Jeep owners have done at least one upgrade or added some type of aftermarket part to their Wrangler. Jeep knows this and has really ramped up its offerings for the all-new 2018 model. The parts are hosted under the relatively new Jeep Performance Parts and the iconic Mopar brands. They will be available directly through local Jeep dealerships once the 2018 Wrangler reaches showrooms.
In an effort to demonstrate the vastness of Mopar and JPP’s parts lineup, Jeep brought two highly customized 2018 Wranglers to the L.A. Auto Show, debuting along size the production Wrangler. The four-door model is an all-out off-roader based on the Rubicon, while the two-door is a bit milder and based on the Sport. Both show the range of possibilities owners will have.
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Quick Drive: Jeep J-12 Concept
Jeep Beach 2017 in Daytona, Florida was packed with Wranglers all driving along the Atlantic’s edge. A handful of XJ Cherokees and ZJ Grand Cherokees could be found scattered about. Jeep’s marketing team even brought two of its newest concept vehicles to show, the WWII-style 75th Salute and the 392-powered Quicksand. But parked in between as this, the J-12 Concept from 2012. Built to recall the first-generation J-series Jeep pickups from 1962 through 1971, the J-12 appropriately looked four decades old. From behind the wheel, however, this one-off concept proved it was far more modern hardware.
The J-12 not only looks amazingly retro, but it does a fantastic job at teasing Jeep enthusiasts who desperately long for the return of Jeep pickups. As of late April 2017, Jeep has all but officially debuted the next-generation Wrangler and its pickup variant. Little is know about the upcoming pickup, but we seriously doubt it will come dripping with such Mopar history. On par with stories from the past is the interesting tale of the J-12 concept and how it came to be.
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Quick Drive: Jeep 75th Salute Concept
Everyone knows Jeep’s long and storied history began with the onset of WWII. The original Jeep, the Willys MB, was the answer to the U.S. War Department’s need for a lightweight, go-anywhere reconnaissance vehicle. Willys-Overland developed the design, while Ford assembly lines helped meet production requirements. Fast-forward 75 years to 2016, and Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep division built a one-off commemorative recreation of the MB using the modern Wrangler. The result: the Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute. And thanks to the 2017 Jeep Beach gathering, the Salute and I stormed the beaches of Daytona, Florida, some 4,300 miles east of Normandy.
There were no mortar shell or .30 caliber rounds whizzing by, but the 75th Salute and I were shot with plenty of stares, pointing fingers, and camera shutters. The Jeep certainly commands attention, especially juxtaposed to the sea of shiny Wrangler JKs with 20-inch chrome wheels and LED light bars. The Salute stands out in its simplicity, armed only with a hemp recovery rope for an accessory. Even that was standard issue in 1941.
FCA Teases SEMA Lineup, Includes Power Wagon & Wrangler
We’re less than a week away from the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, better known as SEMA. Thousands of cars, trucks, SUVs, and custom creations will be present representing the best the aftermarket industry has to offer. OEMs will be out in full force, too, including Fiat Chrysler. Helping drum up interest for the show, FCA released renderings of five concept vehicles its brining, including a Ram 2500 Power Wagon and a Jeep Wrangler customized to look like a CJ. In total, the automaker is bringing 14 vehicles to SEMA.
FCA has not given any specific details on the vehicles, but its clear to see they are far from stock. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon has unique fender flares, a custom matt-black lower color scheme, and two hoops over the cargo bed. The front hoop is up near the cab, looking like those aftermarket hooks made popular in the 1980s. The rear hoop features louvered slats and the name “RAMRACK” embossed in red. There’s no obvious purpose for the hoops (like holding ladders or kayaks), so they could be purely aesthetic.
The Wrangler is a retro throw-back build that purportedly transforms a modern Wrangler into a classic CJ. The front grille and fenders carry the iconic CJ lines, while the hood is a modified version of American Expedition Vehicle’s Heat Reduction Hood. The hood also features black graphics, spelling out “CJ-Sixty Six.” The orange paint really makes the graphics pop, while the blacked-out grille, fender flares, hood accent, and front bumper give it an aggressive appearance. The headlights appear to be the new LED units found in the 2017 Wrangler.
We can see the Jeep sports a Warn winch and the bumper from a Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock. The Jeep rolls on BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires mounted on beadlock wheels with a body-colored rim. We can also spot a rock rail protruding from the rocker panel, meaning this thing is set up for serious wheeling.
FCA is hosting is annual SEMA press event at 4:26 pm Pacific/7:26 pm Eastern time on Tuesday, November 1. You can watch the whole thing go down via this livestream.
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