2017 Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle
European Jeep customers get more blacked-out trim choices
Jeep is bringing several vehicles to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, including a few special edition models. In that mix is the Grand Cherokee Night Eagle, and this, the Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle. Like the Grand Cherokee, this special edition Wrangler is treated to the popular blacked-out theme, with Jeep attaching Gloss Black accenting and unique graphics to the outside, while the interior is worked over with upgraded leather seats.
This isn’t the first Night Eagle edition Jeep we’ve seen. Aside from this year’s Grand Cherokee version, Jeep had already launched Night Eagle editions of the Cherokee and Renegade over the last two years. All four models now share similar attributes. But before diving into what makes the Wrangler Night Eagle different, let’s look at what remains unchanged.
The Wrangler continues to be available in both two- and four-door versions. European-spec Wrangler uses different front and rear bumpers, along with a spare tire cover, and different OEM tires. The Wrangler is also powered by Jeep’s 2.8-liter CDI four-cylinder turbodiesel as standard. It makes 200 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline V-6 is available and makes 284 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to Jeep’s five-speed automatic transmission.
The Wrangler’s 4WD system carries over unchanged, of course, as it has for nearly a decade. The non-Rubicon Wrangler like this Night Eagle use Jeep’s Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with manual shifting. It has a 2.72:1 crawl ratio and locks the engine’s torque split at 50/50 for the front and rear axles. The rear differential utilizes Jeep’s Trac-Lok limited-slip system, which helps provide power to the wheel with the most traction.
With that aside, let’s jump into what makes the Night Eagle edition different.
Continue reading to learn more about the Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle.
What makes the Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle special
The blacked-out theme is strong with this special edition. Up front, the grille gets gloss black inserts and mid gloss black headlight rings. The 18-inch wheels continue the theme to all four corners. The badging on the rear tailgate is gloss black, too, while the hood receives a geometric-shaped graphic colored, of course, in black.
The Wrangler Night Eagle can be had in one of eight colors. These include Black, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, Bright White, Granite Crystal, Rhino, Extreme Purple, and Chief. The Night Eagle also makes the Wrangler’s Dual Top Group standard equipment, meaning it comes with both the premium soft top and body-colored hard top. The hard top includes the Freedom Top removable panels for open-air driving. Remove a few bolts and a wiring connector, and the entire hard top removes in minutes. Likewise, the doors remove by pulling the two pins.
Inside, the Jeep Wrangler Night Eagle benefits from Black McKinley Leather seats with Black Sport Mesh fabric inserts. Diesel Gray contrast stitching holds everything together, including the leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Diesel Gray color appears again on the vinyl-wrapped center console lid and front door armrests. Piano black grab handles and vent ring bezels on the dash finish off the special edition’s look.
Jeep says the 2017 Wrangler Night Eagle will begin arriving in showrooms starting in March 2017 in selected European markets. Pricing for the Night Eagle special edition was not announced.