The Jeep Wrangler has taken the Hottest 4×4 SUV title at SEMA. Not only that, but it has done so for the fourth year in a row. This is really a testament to the vehicle’s soundness, innovation, and popularity. It has also taken other honors such as being rated Four Wheeler of the Year by Four Wheeler Magazine.
One interesting display at the show is the Jeep Wrangler Copper Edition. This was only one of the Wranglers at the show, but was possibly the most notable from a stylistic as well as functional perspective. The SUV was painted with a copper tone, which in itself is something to take a second look at. Added to this are a number of cool Mopar parts.
Some examples include the lightweight 17 inch black beadlock wheels, matte black grille, and Rubicon bumper. Onto the bumper a 9.5ti winch is attached, as well as a trailer hitch. The vehicle also has rock rails. The transfer case of this Jeep was updated to allow it to more easily crawl up and down rocks. This is Jeep off-roading at its most focused and intense.
The non-SEMA 2014 Jeep Wrangler comes in a number of different varieties, and after speaking to Utah’s Jeep headquarters, Ken Garff West Valley Jeep, we learned that a large percentage of Jeep buyers are at least interested in the huge Mopar parts selections that allows customers to customize to their heart’s content. There are 2 door and 4 door versions, and 4 basic varieties – the Sport, Sahara, Rubicon, and Freedom Edition. These Jeeps are much more comfortable and smooth riding than in the past, showing an evolution toward a more and more successful integration of toughness, style, and cushiness as the model has developed over time.
Engine-wise the Wrangler has been powered by a Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 since 2012, and offers a choice of 5-speed automatic transmission and 6-speed manual. It only gets 16 city miles to the gallon, which is not very competitive fuel economy these days; but remember that many owners of this Jeep use it for genuine off-roading, so they are not after vehicles to use to drive to and from work.
Wranglers have the distinction of being the only 4×4 SUV around today (excluding crossovers) that is also a convertible. Both the hard and the soft top versions have tops that are completely removable. Even the windsheild can be flipped down. This convertibility has been a feature of many Jeep vehicles for decades, but it is nice to see that it is still being maintained as these off-roaders are getting classier and more advanced. This shows the ancestry of the vehicle and gives the driver a link with its rugged and even battle seasoned past.