Jeep officially ended production of the Wrangler JK April 27, building the final example of one of the most popular Jeeps ever. The final Wrangler JK was a white Unlimited Rubicon, fitting given that vehicle’s importance to the Jeep brand.
Indeed, it was the all-new Unlimited that made the Jeep Wrangler JK so popular. Transmogrifying from a stretched two-door to a longer-wheelbase four-door for the JK generation, the Wrangler Unlimited offered relatively comfortable seating for five as well as reasonable cargo room, combined with the top-down, doors-off fun of Wrangler ownership. It was (and still is) a good balance between off-road fun and daily driving convenience.
The Wrangler JK first went into production in August 2006, with 2.1 million sold since then. Wrangler sales in the U.S. regularly eclipsed 15,000 units during this time, making it one of the most popular SUVs sold in America. The JK also fostered a thriving aftermarket, as proven by our own Week to Wheelin’ Jeep Wrangler JK project and myriad other off-road machines. It has been the most popular SUV at the SEMA Show more times than we can count, a testament to its customization-friendly design.
The JK was produced concurrent with the all-new JL for a few months to allow dealers to shore up their inventories of the latter before losing the former. The production space vacated by the JK will soon be used to produce the Wrangler JL–based pickup, codenamed JT and likely to wear the Scrambler moniker.
Even in anticipation of the Scrambler, however, we can’t help but admit we’ll miss the JK. Which is your favorite version of the Wrangler?