Jeep, a company known for building vehicles that can go anywhere in the dirt, has gone pretty crazy recently with more than a few Special Edition Wranglers that rival the rest of the Jeep Lineup in numbers alone. We’re not as convinced by the rest of the Special Edition Wranglers but their latest one seems to conjure up images of a classic Plain Jane jeep. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is Jeep’s latest attempt at a no frills bare bones off road machine.
This new Willys (pronounced Will-is) Wheeler Special Edition Wrangler is built on the Wrangler Sport platform and features a gloss black seven-slat grille with a black Jeep badge as well as satin black Willys decals across the hood, and a historic “4 Wheel Drive” rear tailgate decal. The Willys Wheeler also features heavy duty tow hooks on the front bumper, optional half doors and a standard Sunrider soft top with deep-tint sunscreen rear windows. A premium Sunrider soft top and black-splatter Freedom Top are also available.
The Willys Wheeler Edition features a Dana 44 rear axle with a Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential stuffed with 3.73 gears front and rear. Rolling stock is entrusted to a set of LT255/75R17 BFGoodrich KM2 Mud Terrain tires while a set of rock rails offer plenty of protection while crawling around boulders. The Willys Wheeler also features a new Jeep Trail Rated Kit that includes a D-Ring, tow strap and of course a set of gloves stuffed in a Jeep-branded bag – just in case you have to get yourself out of a sticky situation. Speaking of sticky situations, a Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 part-time two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio give the Willys Wheeler Edition plenty of low range gearing to walk up the steepest trails without breaking a sweat.
Powering the new Willys Wheeler Edition Wrangler is the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that pumps out 285 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque. Transmission choices are either a row your own six-speed manual or a sit back and relax five-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition can go pretty far off the beaten path while still managing up to 21 miles per gallon on the highway.
This latest take on the iconic Wrangler will be making its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show and should be available in Jeep showrooms early next year at a MSRP of $25,795 and $29,595 for Unlimited four-door models.