Los Angeles 2013: Jeep does a throwback with the 2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

Los Angeles 2013: Jeep does a throwback with the 2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition image

Text: / Photos: Jeep Press | posted November 19, 2013 14:15

Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition pays tribute to the earliest civilian Jeep vehicles

With iconic cars making comebacks over the past few years, Jeep has decided to do a throwback themselves the 2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition which pays tribute to the iconic Willys-Overland CJ-2A – the first civilian Jeep (CJ).

The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition made its official debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and will make its way to showrooms early next year.

Willys Jeep

"The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is a Jeep purist's dream, delivering a Jeep vehicle that harkens back to the original, classic CJs of the 1940s," said Mike Manley, president and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.

The Willys Wheeler Edition is based on the Wrangler Sport model, featuring off-road hardware upgrades including a Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential and 3.73 gears, BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain LT255/75R17 tires, rock rails and a new Jeep Trail Rated Kit that includes a D-Ring, tow strap and gloves in a Jeep-branded bag.  This works with the Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio to give the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition its improved off-road chops.

Willys Wheeler Edition

Exterior touches include a gloss black grille with black Jeep badge, gloss black front and rear bumper appliques, historic satin black '4 Wheel Drive' rear tailgate decal and 'Willys' hood decals and unique high-gloss black 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Willys Wheeler Edition comes standard with a Sunrider soft top and deep-tint sunscreen rear windows. A premium Sunrider soft top and black-splatter Freedom Top are available.

Under the hood will be a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 289 PS and 352 Nm of torque. The engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

The Willys Wheeler Edition will be available in either two-door or four-door 'Unlimited' variants, and in any Jeep Wrangler color.