Another special edition Jeep is out there and getting the talk going. The Jeep Wrangler is adding the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler edition. This is a Wrangler that pays homage to the World War II era, the time that really put Jeep on the map.
Before there was Jeep, there was Willys Overland. The latter was an American auto manufacturer who put in bids to be a manufacturer of military vehicles during the war. Winning the contract resulted in Willys producing the Jeep MB – the lightweight and tough vehicles that the army needed as a standard for its ground operations. These vehicles were rugged, resilient, had long-running, sound engines, and could handle all kinds of absurd terrain with spunk and elegance. On the battle field is where the Jeep legend and its well deserved fame really began.
After the war, Willys kept on producing the lightweight vehicles as what they called Willys CJ (Civilian Jeep) editions. And so the consumption of classic Jeeps by the general public of the United States began.
It is all of this that the Jeep is celebrating with this Wrangler special edition. The Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition and is based on the Wrangler Sport. The upgrades include BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain tires on black 17-inch wheels. They also add a Dana 44 rear axle with limited slip differential and 3.73 gears.
Other perks include rock rails, gloss black grille, and hood stickers that say “Willys.” Also included are a tow strap, a D-ring towing hook, and gloves.
There are no changes to the motor, which is the same sturdy 3.6 liter V-6 used in other Sport editions. The latter puts out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Consumers can choose either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission with this engine.
We found out from the Jeep headquarters in Hagerstown MD that we spoke to, Hoffman Jeep, that the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler will make its debut appearance at the Los Angeles auto show. It will be available to the general public early next year.