A Rig For Any Occasion
Well it looks like we were wrong when we thought Jeep was done introducing its latest special edition Wrangler. This time they’re releasing the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X which is available as a two-door or four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with a winch-capable bumper, wider rock rails and a higher level of standard equipment. It is still equipped with part-time four-wheel- drive and has electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles that receive power through a Rock-Trac NV241 transfer case with a low range ratio of 4:1. Both Dana 44’s come equipped with factory 4.10 axle gear ratios as well as Tru-Lok locking differentials. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon X has an incredibly steep overall crawl ratio of 73.1:1 which allows it to negotiate virtually any obstacle in its path.
Exterior touches include black front and rear steel off-road bumpers with removable end caps for maneuvering around tight trails, a dual-intake Power Dome hood aids in engine cooling while giving the Wrangler an aggressive menacing appearance. Since the Rubicon X is meant to hit the dirt pretty frequently, bright red tow hooks ensure you have adequate pull points should you need to extract a buddy’s stuck rig either in front or behind you while on the trail. A set of Mopar rock rails give added protection when climbing large boulders. A Mopar black fuel filler door as well as red-silhouette Rubicon decals on either side of the hood add the finishing exterior touches that make the Rubicon X stand out from all the other mall crawlers on the road.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X comes standard with a Premium Sunrider soft top for summer cruising and is also available with either a black three-piece Freedom hard top or body-color hard top that is perfect for cold winter wheeling.
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Creature comforts on the Rubicon X include standard black leather seats, front seat heaters, a unique gauge cluster with an Electronic Vehicle Information Center with added vital read-outs such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tire pressure. Mopar slush mats and unique axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches are also part of the Rubicon X package.
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As if that wasn’t enough, Jeep is also bringing back the Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition for 2014. The Freedom Edition is based on the Sport S model which is equipped with a Dana 30 front differential as and a larger Dana 44 rear differential. Although not geared as low as the Rubicon X, the Freedom Edition features a Command-Trac NV241, part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio.
The Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition’s exterior touches include sparkle silver-painted 17-inch alloy wheels, a Mineral Gray-painted grille as well as front and rear bumper inserts, body-color wheel arches, a prominent “Oscar Mike” star-in-circle fender badges and decals on the hood and rear quarter panels, rock rails with matching black tail lamp guards, Mopar fuel fill door, and of course, the Sunrider soft top with deep-tint rear windows.
Creature comforts inside the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition include black seats with rugged tectonic fabric, an “Oscar Mike” logo embroidered on the seat backs in silver stitching, silver accent French stitching on the steering wheel, doors, seats and front arm rest, and “Quick Silver” accents on the front passenger grab handle, door pulls and dash vent rings, satin chrome spokes on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Mopar Slush Mats. The Wrangler Freedom Edition also includes the addition of interior Grab Handles for easier entry.
By far one of the coolest things is that Jeep will donate $250 from each Wrangler Freedom III it sells to the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) as part of the Jeep Operation Safe Return initiative. It’s great to see American car makers step up and give back to the men and women who are so willing to fight for our freedom.
Both of these new Wranglers are powered by the 285 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and are available with either a 5-speed automatic or an optional 6-speed manual transmission. Other features include a Trail Kit that features two D-rings, a tow strap, gloves and a bag to store the items once you’re done extracting your rig from the mud bog. Clear park lamps and turn signal indicators are also available to replace the amber units. Sport models are also available with 32-inch BF Goodrich KM LT255/75R17 off-road tires mounted on 17-inch Rubicon semi-gloss black aluminum wheels.
Also new for 2014 are a unique variety of colors to choose from, such as: Amp’d, Anvil, Copperhead, Flame Red, Granite Crystal and Hydro Blue (Freedom Edition only). Returning colors include: Billet Silver, Bright White, Black and Dune.