Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Wrangler Begins Celebrations; 75th Anniversary Special for Iconic Jeep Wrangler

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Wrangler Begins Celebrations; 75th Anniversary Special for Iconic Jeep Wrangler

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Byline: Grant Edwards Grant.Edwards@apn.com.au

BRIMMING with energy and nostalgic touches, Jeep has blended old and new with its 75th anniversary range.

Among them is the Wrangler, the most off-road capable from the celebration line-up which also includes the Renegade, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee derivatives.

It's all in aid of the American icon, harking back to the original Jeep produced by Willys for wartime activity. While the first Jeep was created for army use, post war the first civilian vehicle called the CJ-2A was produced in 1945...and the legacy began.

Based on the Overland trim, this two-door Wrangler starts at $51,000 before on-roads.

That sounds like a hefty investment.

There is ample kit included for that coin, and you also get exclusivity. Only 88 units have been brought to Australia, with 20 two-door and 68 four-door models.

It certainly stands out from the crowd with its bronze 17-inch alloys, power domes on the bonnet, body-coloured grille and Rubicon rock rails.

Inside there are an array of cool heritage reminders, like the logo debossed into the seats, 1941 Willys motif on the grab bar and above the glovebox. There are also other goodies like the 6.5-inch touch-screen with sat nav, full bluetooth connectivity, dual zone air con, cruise control, combination leather and vinyl seats with tangerine and pearl stitching and Mopar slush mats.

But it's not an all new model?

Well, no. Expect a new and more modernised Wrangler to arrive in the near future.

Under the bonnet here is the tried and tested 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine. Combine that with a short wheelbase and it makes for one zesty package.

You can really get it moving, and it only takes a short time to become accustomed to the rock and roll within the cabin.

Despite being adept on the bitumen it really shines when on the tough stuff. …

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