2015 Jeep Wrangler Black Edition II Series
It’s hard to think of another automaker with so many special editions as Jeep. Over the years examples like the 70th Anniversary Edition, Arctic, Mountain, Moab, Rubicon 10th Anniversary, Polar, X Edition, and the Black Edition have offered customers a little extra uniqueness with their go-anywhere Wranglers. Now Jeep’s latest iteration of a specialized Wrangler picks up where the last Black Edition left off. Meet the Black Edition II.
The Black Edition II still utilized all the same greasy bits as the standard Euro-spec Wrangler, but adds a slew of exterior cosmetic enhancements like gloss black wheels, mirror caps, spare tire cover, grille slot inserts, and Jeep logo. Perhaps the best addition is that the Dual Top Group comes standard, providing both the three-piece Freedom hard top and the folding soft top.
Sadly for American Jeep lovers, the option package is only available in the European theater. Expect a full bank of photos and perhaps some more information when the Black Edition II makes its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The Jeep will then make its in showrooms this summer.
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Horsepower @ RPM:284
Torque @ RPM:256
0-60 time:9 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:125 mph (Est.)
Layout:Front Engine, 4WD
This Euro-spec Wrangler get some pretty unique touches to make it standout from the Jeep crowd – though you’d have to be an up-to-date Jeeper in order to spot the differences. The small yet headlining changes include the gloss black accents on the grille slots, headlight rings, Jeep badge, 18-inch wheels, side mirror caps, rock rails, and hard plastic spare tire carrier. The Jeep also gets the Mopar fuel door finished in matching black.
Being a Euro-spec Jeep, the Wrangler comes with the wider pedestrian-rated front bumper and specific rear bumper.
Another great aspect to checking the Black Edition II option box on the order sheet is that it automatically groups in the Dual Top Group. This bundles the folding soft top that Wranglers are known for along with the body-colored, three-piece hard top. As always, both are completely removable for open-air driving.
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Things inside the Black Edition II series are typical Wrangler. This special edition is based off the Sahara trim level, so leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power widows and door locks, and the upgraded stereo system are automatically found inside.
The Wrangler Black Edition II is available in both two-door and four-door Unlimited versions, so customers can choose how much space their need. Both versions seat five people, though the extended wheelbase Unlimited gives more leg room and offers an easier entry and exit into the second row.
Like all Wranglers, the interior is weather resistant and the carpet is removable. Got mud? No problem – just hose it out.
The Euro-spec Wrangler actually comes with two engine options: the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and the 2.8-liter CDI turbodiesel inline four-cylinder. The V-6 is the sportier of the pair, putting out 284 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque. The I-4 diesel on the other hand, only produces 200 horsepower, but provides 340 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque for off-road adventures.
Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and Jeep’s legendary Command-Trac shift-on-the-fly 4WD system. By simply pulling the lever back, the system engages the front axle for added traction. The next position is neutral, great for flat towing, and 4WD low range is the furthest setting. In that position, the gearing provides a 2.72 to one multiplication of engine torque to the wheels, giving the Wrangler fantastic abilities to climb steep hills and traverse rock-strewn paths.
Jeep hasn’t announced any official pricing for the Black Edition II as of yet, but we can expect that news to break at the Geneva Motor Show. Like other special editions, the price shouldn’t grow more than a few thousand dollars beyond the Sahara’s base starting price of $28,595 (U.S. spec)
The Toyota 4Runner has always been a strong competitor in the off-road SUV segment since in introduction in the 1980s. These days, the 4Runner still holds on to that body-on-frame design and rough-and-tumble attitude. For 2015, Toyota is offering the beefed-up TRD Pro version with extra suspension lift, bigger tires, stronger shocks, and extra underbody skidplating.
All 4Runners come with the 4.0-liter V-6 making 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. A fives-speed automatic transmission sends power to the standard 2WD or the optional 4WD system.
Pricing for the 4Runner starts in the low $30,000 range and grows to the low $40,000 range.
The Nissan Xterra takes after the 4Runner in its construction, engine size, overall dimensions, and off-road capabilities – though there are plenty of things still differentiating the two vehicles. While Toyota has kept the 4Runner new with various refreshes both outside and in, the Xterra suffers from long teeth. It just seems dated – especially on the inside. That said, it’s still a very capable machine.
Power comes from a 4.0-liter V-6 making 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic does the shifting. Competing with the 4Runner TRD Pro is the Xterra’s PRO-4X model. That SUV is actually available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Pricing for the Xterra starts at a reasonable $23,000 and grows into the low $30,000. With prices like that, its dated décor can almost be forgiven.
This latest special edition helps generate interest in the brand while making these select Wranglers stand out against the crowd. The added features like the standard Dual Top make the Black Edition II a great choice for those wanting to bundle option packages while getting a more unique-looking Jeep.
It doesn’t appear Jeep has plans to offer the Black Edition II package stateside, though the U.S. has plenty of other special edition options to choose from.