Continuing its tradition of aiding the U.S. Postal Service in delivering the mail, Jeep has introduced the '03 Jeep Wrangler righthand-drive Postal Unit. The last production Jeep vehicle offered to letter carriers was the now discontinued '01 Jeep Cherokee. Though the Postal Unit features a righthand-drive configuration, it will still be offered with a host of standard features and available in all 10 Wrangler colors. The Postal Unit uses a hardtop and full metal doors with roll-up windows to maintain security of the mail, and it features a removable rear seat to offer space for bulk mail and packages.
The first Jeep vehicle to be used by the U.S. Postal Service was the Jeep Dispatcher (DJ-3A). Based upon the CJ-3A, it was built from 1955-1964 and came with a Flathead four-cylinder engine, a hardtop, and sliding doors. The DJ-5 model, produced from 1965-1983, was based on the CJ-5 and benefited from improvements in power, axles, transmission, and seating comfort. In the new '03 Jeep Wrangler Postal Unit, letter carriers throughout the country are offered the most advanced Jeep service vehicle ever. Equipped with a 4.0L engine and an automatic transmission, the Postal Unit features cloth seats, an AM/FM cassette radio with four speakers, a Dana 44 rear axle, Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires, full-lace wheels, and a fullsize spare tire.
Freedom Edition JeepsCelebrating its American heritage, Jeep introduced a limited-production edition of its Grand Cherokee, Liberty, and Wrangler models at the 2003 North American Auto Show. The new model editions will offer unique exterior features and many popular options. "Only from behind the wheel of a capable Jeep can you experience the joy that comes with the freedom to go anywhere and do anything," said Jeff Bell, vice president of Jeep Marketing Division. "That feeling is what inspired this new line of vehicles, with their rugged looks and versatile features." A version of the Freedom Edition Jeep line will also be available outside the U.S. as the Rocky Mountain Edition in Canada and the Red River Edition outside North America.
Using the recently introduced '04 Jeep Grand Cherokee as its building block, the Freedom Edition of this vehicle features a silver front fascia accent, a bright-silver roof rack and tubular side rails, and chrome tow hooks. Goodyear Wrangler SR-A all-terrain tires, which are mounted to 17-inch graphite-painted cast-aluminum wheels complement the exterior. Some interior enhancements include MicroTech instrument panel accents, dark slate-gray cloth seats, front floor slush mats, and a molded cargo tray. The standard engine will be the 4.0L Power Tech I-6, but the award-winning High-Output 4.7L Power Tech V-8 will also be offered.
Powering the '03 Jeep Liberty Freedom Edition is a 3.7L Power Tech V-6 capable of 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. Available in either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission and in two- and four-wheel drive, the Liberty Freedom Edition features a graphite-painted grille and front and rear fascia, bolt-on wheel flares, and body color side moldings. The interior is accentuated by a two-tone appearance, incorporating dark slate-gray and light-taupe trim. The exterior will receive some unique Mopar equipment, including a graphite-painted front brushguard, side rock rails, and taillamp guards.
Building on the legendary Jeep vehicle, the Freedom Edition Wrangler is distinguished by body-colored fender flares, a soft top with full metal doors, foglamps, and tow hooks. Interior features include air conditioning, a Sentry Key theft-deterrent system, an easy access fold-and-tumble rear seat, and a choice of dark slate-gray vinyl or cloth seating. Powering the new edition Wrangler is the 4.0L Power Tech I-6 mated to a five-speed manual transmission and the Command-Trac part-time four-wheel-drive system. The entire Freedom Edition Jeep line will be available in red, silver, blue, and black exterior colors, and an additional graphite metallic exterior color will be offered in Jeep Grand Cherokee Freedom Editions.
Minnesota offers OHV RecreationMinnesota's first designated state recreation area for off-highway vehicles and ATVs offers more than 1,200 acres of trails and recreational facilities. Open to the public since September 2002, the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area is located adjacent to the city of Gilbert, within the heart of the Iron Trail region of northern Minnesota. Situated on former mine lands, the facility was authorized by the Minnesota Legislature in 1996 and is managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In addition to more than 30 miles of trails and 200-foot hill climbs, the park offers a multipurpose event area with a rockcrawl and obstacle course, a tough truck competition course, sand and mud drags, and a motorcycle and snowmobile track. The facility also offers picnic areas with restrooms, a six-bay vehicle wash area, and safety training and practice facilities for drivers and riders of various skill levels.
Intent on serving the OHV community, Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources is in the process of creating a second OHV recreation area just east of Virginia, Minnesota. Once completed, the new 3,500-acre site will be linked to the Gilbert park and offer an even more diverse trail system. Within the Iron Trail region, you'll also discover a wealth of all-season activities in and around the 320,000 acres of the Superior National Forest. The region features 2,000 miles of snowmobile trails, 250 miles of hiking trails, 100 miles of biking trails, 125 miles of ATV trails, 175 miles of cross country ski trails, 34 downhill ski runs, and eight public golf courses. A wide range of lodging is also available, making the park an excellent site for events and group activities. For more information, contact: Iron Range OHV Recreation Area, Dept. 4WDSU, P.O. Box 837, 7196 Pettit Rd., Gilbert, MN 55741, (218) 748-2207, www.irontrail.org.