2014 Jeep® Wrangler Starts Model Year With New Special Editions and Even More Rubicon Capability
•Iconic Wrangler moves into 2014 retaining its legendary go-anywhere capability
•Rubicon X special edition takes off-road capability to a higher level
•Freedom Edition returns for 2014 due to popular demand
•New Trail Kit features a tow strap, D-Rings, gloves and a carrying bag
•Available 32-inch tires give Sport model a new level of capability
•Award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 engine provides efficiency up to 21 miles per gallon (mpg), while delivering 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque September 1, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich.
- The iconic Jeep® Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – kicks off the new model year wîth two special-edition models. The combination of open-air freedom, off-road capability and on-road refinement has brought Jeep Wrangler's popularity to an all-time high. Special-edition models also are a staple for Wrangler enthusiasts, and they boost visibility in the marketplace.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X is new for 2014 and brings added off-road capability above the already legendary Rubicon model wîth a winch-capable bumper, wider rock rails and higher level of standard content.
The Jeep Wrangler Freedom edition has been named and re-introduced for the 2014 model year due to popular demand. Based on the Sport S model, the Wrangler Freedom Esition offers great value wîth unique exterior and interior appointments. Jeep will donate $250 from each Wrangler Freedom III it sells to the Únited Service Organizations Inc. or ÚSO as part of the Jeep Operation Safe Return initiative.
Other new features for the 2014 Jeep Wrangler include a Trail Kit featuring two D-rings, a tow strap, gloves and a bag to store the items. Clear park lamps and turn signal indicators replace the amber units, and Sport models can now be equipped wîth the Úconnect 6.5-inch touchscreen radio wîth hard drive storage and SiriusXM Radio. Sport models also have an available 32-inch Tire and Wheel Group featuring semi-gloss black 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels and BF Goodrich KM LT255/75R17 offroad tires.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X
Engine : 3.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 285 hp
Torque: 260 ft-lbs
5-speed Automatic, 6-speed Manual
Jeep Wrangler has always had a unique variety of colors to choose from, and 2014 is no different. New exterior colors include: Amp'd, Anvil, Copperhead, Flame Red, Granite Crystal and Hydro Blue (Freedom Edition only). Billet Silver, Bright White, Black and Dune continue on for 2014.
Available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Únlimited, the Rubicon X is the most capable Wrangler in the line-up. Based on the Rubicon model, it is equipped wîth Wrangler's part-time fourwheel- drive system that has electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles that receive power through a Rock-Trac transfer case wîth a '4-Low' ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 axle ratio, front and rear, is also standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon X has an impressive crawl ratio of 73.1:1 that makes it a breeze to negotiate any obstacle.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X has many features that make it distinctive, as well as the most off-road capable Wrangler. BF Goodrich KM 255/75R17 tires are mounted on 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels painted satin black wîth polished faces and a red Jeep Wrangler 'icon' logo on the inside pocket.
Black front and rear steel off-road bumpers toughen up the exterior, wîth the front bumper featuring removable end caps and a winch-capable design. These removable end caps help the Wrangler climb obstacles without hindrance, and reduce the damage potential to the bumper system. A dual-intake Power Dome hood helps aid in engine cooling and gives Wrangler a more menacing appearance. Red tow hooks adorn the front and rear, and Mopar rock rails give added protection from trail damage. Mopar also supplies the black fuel filler door. A red-silhouette 'Rubicon' decal, on both sides of the hood, adds the finishing exterior touches to distinguish the Wrangler Rubicon X model's added capability.
The Wrangler Rubicon X comes standard wîth a Premium Sunrider soft top and is available wîth a black three-piece Freedom hard top or body-color hard top.
The interior has special touches as well. Black leather seats are standard, as are seat heaters for the front passengers. A unique gauge cluster features Rubicon X exclusive styling and also features a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) wîth added read-outs such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tire pressure. The passenger grab handle features Quick Silver accents that are also found on the vent rings, §teering wheel spokes and door pulls.
Final design touches include Mopar slush mats and unique axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches.Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition
The limited-edition 2014 Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition is based on the best-selling Sport model, and is available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Únlimited model. It is offered in six colors: Flame Red, Bright White, Freedom-unique Hydro Blue, Billet Silver, Black and Dune.
Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition's exterior features include sparkle silver-painted 17-inch alloy wheels, Mineral Gray-painted grille and 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 wîth matching black tail lamp guards and a Mopar fuel fill door, and a Sunrider soft top wîth deep-tint rear windows.
Interior treatments on the Jeep Wrangler Freedom include black seats wîth rugged tectonic fabric, an 'Oscar Mike' logo embroidered on the seat backs in silver stitching, French Silver accent stitching on the §teering wheel, doors, seats and front arm rest, and 'Quick Silver' accents on the front passenger grab handle, door pulls and dash vent rings. Finishing touches include grab handles, Satin Chrome spokes on the leather-wrapped §teering wheel, and Mopar Slush Mats. New for the 2014 Wrangler Freedom Edition is the addition of interior Grab Handles for ingress and egress.
Other standard features include power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth audio controls, and ÚConnect Voice Command and connectivity group coupled wîth standard SiriusXM Radio.Powertrain
Chrysler Group's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – two-time winner of the prestigious Ward's 10 Best Engines award – delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. It is engineered to provide a broad torque band wîth a focus on low-end torque, an essential trait needed for extreme off-roading. Engineers also designed the oil sump to provide oil to the pump even at extreme vehicle angles, and the alternator was placed up high so Wrangler can maintain its water-fording capability.
Available wîth a six-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic, the Jeep Wrangler can achieve up to 21 miles per gallon (mpg). Engineering
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler delivers unmatched off-road capability wîth legendary four-wheel drive and is produced wîth more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, live axles, electronic lockers, and is one of the few mid-size SÚVs that offers a six-speed manual transmission – in addition to its five-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The Jeep Wrangler is available wîth several axle gear ratios allowing customers to optimize fuel economy and/or vehicle capability. Wrangler is available wîth 3.21, 3.73 or 4.10 ratios depending on model. Also, Wrangler offers towing capability up to 3,500 pounds.
A best-in-class approach angle of 44.3 degrees, breakover angle of 25.5 degrees and departure angle of 40.4 degrees, helps the Jeep Wrangler scale the toughest terrain.
The capable driveline of the Sport and Sahara models include a Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle. The Command-Trac NV241, part-time, two-speed transfer case, features a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. In addition, an optional Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip in low-traction environments such as sand, mud or snow.
The Wrangler Rubicon model features heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles and the Rock-Trac NV241 two-speed transfer case wîth a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio. Rubicon also includes electric front and rear locking differentials, disconnecting front sway bar and 32-inch tires, taking the Wrangler to the highest level of capability. Design
The Wrangler's interior combines rich styling, versatility, comfort and intuitive feature use. Highlights include automatic temperature controls, heated premium leather seats, power mirrors and §teering wheel controls for vehicle systems. Large rear windows are engineered for greater visibility. A ÚSB port connects to the media center, 12-volt accessory outlets are located throughout the Wrangler and a 115-volt AC outlet is available to power select three-pronged home electronics.
The Jeep Wrangler's signature features include: classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille, trapezoid wheel flares, removable doors, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield and innovative removable tops and half doors that allow the Wrangler to retain the brand's iconic appearance and function. Wrangler Rubicon and Sahara models share a body-color hardtop option, offering a premium appearance.
With room for five adults, Jeep Wrangler Únlimited remains the only four-door 4x4 open air vehicle on the market.Safety, Security, and Connectivity
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Únlimited are available wîth an array of safety and security technology features. Standard electronic stability control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist and brake traction control are among two dozen available safety and security features. Jeep safety systems are engineered to improve handling and accident avoidance while providing occupant protection, allowing Jeep Wrangler customers the ability to safely 'go anywhere and do anything.'
Jeep Wrangler stays connected wîth Úconnect systems, including voice recognition, Bluetooth streaming audio, navigation and SiriusXM Radio. New for 2014, Sport models can now be equipped wîth the Úconnect 6.5-inch touchscreen radio wîth hard drive storage. The Wrangler's connectivity systems have improved ergonomics by giving the driver control at their fingertips. Intuitive buttons on the front and rear of the §teering wheel control a number of features allowing the driver to keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.Manufacturing
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Únlimited are built in the Toledo Supplier Park in Toledo, Ohio. Jeep Brand
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SÚV wîth class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners wîth a sense of security to handle any journey wîth confidence.
The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Únlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand drive versions and wîth gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.Source - Jeep
An automobile marque and registered trademark of Chrysler, Jeep is the oldest off-road vehicle brand. First appearing as the prototype Bantam BRC, the original vehicle became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the U.S. Army and allies during the World War II and postwar period. Jeeps have also been used by the U.S. Postal Service during the 20th century for mail services. One suggestion for the origin of the name ‘Jeep' was that the vehicle bore the designation 'GP' (for 'Government Purposes' or 'General Purpose'), which was phonetically slurred into the word Jeep.
A fun car to drive, whether it be cruising around the neighborhood, or taking on a perilous off-road trek, the Jeep Wrangler was first introduced to the world in 1987. Able to withstand the test of time, the Wrangler continues to be a very popular vehicle. Since its conception in 1987, the Wrangler has undergone 3 major design revisions from the YJ until the JK and through the changes the Wrangler continues to prove itself as ‘the gold standard' of off-road vehicles.
Arguably one of the most recognizable Jeep vehicle; the Wrangler is considered a mini sport utility vehicle and has always been produced by Chrysler, under the Jeep name. A successor of the World War II Jeep vehicle, the Wrangler underwent a big makeover in 1987, again in 1997 and 2007. The Wrangler is known by Jeep under a variety of names including YJ, JK and TJ. Targeting at maximizing comfort to expand the appeal of the Wrangler beyond the off-road world, Chrysler has continued to update the Jeep Wrangler year after year.
Built in Brampton, Ontario, the Wrangler; also known as the YJ began production in 1987 and continued to be produced at this location until 1992. In that year it began to be produced by Jeep's Toledo North Assembly plant located in Toledo, Ohio. The cars were also produced in Canada for many years, but they weren't sold under the Wrangler name, instead it was offered as a trim level of a Chevy pickup. From 1987 until 1995, models were known as YK, and from 1997 the 2006 the models were sold as TJ. The Wrangler YJ sold nearly 700,000 units.
The YJ was available as a two door convertible as well as a two door truck. The YJ offered three different engine options that included a 2.0 liter, 4.0 liter as well as a 4.2 liter along with four different transmission options. The YJ was available with two different gas tanks, either an optional 20 gallon tank or the standard 15 gallon tank. The 15 gallon tank was pretty standard for this type of vehicle at this time, compared to now where there is a demand for greater fuel capacity.
The Jeep Wrangler that was produced from 1997 for a decade was dubbed the TJ and was offered with three different engines that included a 2.4 liter, 4.0 liter as well as the 2.5 liter. The TJ was available as both a two door convertible and a two door truck. The transmission was available in three different offerings including a four speed automatic, a five speed manual and a six speed manual. A compromise between the standard 15 gallon tank and the optional 20 gallon tank offered on the YJ from 1987 until 1995 was the 19 US gallon gas tank offered on the TJ.
Departing from the World War II era CJ Jeeps, the TJ went back to the round headlights from the square headlights featured on the YJ. The Wrangler TJ also had an unlimited model that 10' longer than the standard wrangler. Continuing on as a very popular roadster, the TJ was in production until 2006. Owners were able to maximize the off-road experience beyond the base model with vast customization options.
The name for the Wrangler changed to JK from 2007 onwards until it is updated again. The KJ features a two-door model as well as two four-door models. Longer, wider and featuring more spaces than its predecessors, the JK came in three trim options; the X, Sahara and Rubicon. The current engine of the JK is a 3.6 liter V6 with either a six speed manual or a four speed automatic transmission. The all new JK came with a larger gas tank than previous ones and had a fuel capacity at 21.6 US gallons, which was more popular with the customers. The Rubicon and the Sahara models include 17-inch wheels instead of the 16-inch wheels that were standard on the X. Both of these models also have additional body trim and styling as well as interior features.
Standing the test of time, unlike many vehicles, the Wrangler has the capability to change when the needs of the consumer change. Today the Wrangler can be thought of as a family car, due to its diversity, capacious interior and safety ratings. The Wrangler has been, and continues to be the best regarded 4X4 off-road vehicle.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4x4x4 was created by taking the 2007 Wrangler and adding two extra doors and extra length. Keeping the same iconic style, the Unlimited retained the classic look but expanded the appeal beyond the 2-door Wrangler's ‘niche' market. Continuing to possess off-road and anywhere capability the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited featured a less rugged feel and was more geared ‘toward suburban assault vehicle' with its comfort for everyday functions.
The Unlimited retained the convertible options and actually has several configurations with the 3-piece modular ‘Freedom Top' feature.By Jessica Donaldson