Later this week, we’ll be bringing you our review of the all-new Jeep Cherokee. The appearance might be polarizing, but as we’ve stated before, we’re withholding judgment until we take the thing on a trail. And Jeep is hooking us up with a special Trailhawk version of the Cherokee, claimed to be as capable as the Wrangler.
Meanwhile, Jeep recently announced the Dragon Edition Wrangler, meant to signify its presence in China. It got us thinking– Jeep is a brand that has an awful lot of special edition vehicles. Here ten of our favorites:
Made to commemorate the original Willys Jeep and its role in the US armed forces, the Freedom Edition features from truly patriotic cues. The star on the hood might be the boldest addition, but the dark grey grille had us thinking of the silver-grilled Wranglers of the 1980s.
Electric green Wrangler? Yeah, we’ll take one. The blacked out hood and dark gray front grille are also great aesthetic touches that complement the wonderfully loud exterior color well.
The Compass was not one of Jeep’s finer moments, but new ownership found ways to spruce the unloved crossover. The Grand Cherokee-esque grille made the Compass instantly palatable. The Bronze Star paint job makes the 70th Anniversary the most compelling version of the crossover.
Some may scratch their heads at Jeep’s decision to create this vehicle, but you know what off-roaders love? Torque. The electric motor makes 295 lb.-ft. of it, available at zero RPM- talk about crawl potential! And the critters you pass on the trail will appreciate the 40 zero-emission electric miles you can travel before the gas generator kicks in!
The 70th Anniversary might be the most attractive, but with nearly the entire MOPAR catalog bolted on, the True North is bound to be the most capable. It features a 2-inch lift kit, BF Goodrich All-Terrain Tires, custom rock sliders and some blacked out visual accents to make this the baddest of the compact crossovers.
While the Rubicon is the king of the lineup, many off-roaders love to modify and swap in their own gear, meaning you are paying extra for equipment you are going to pull out. The Moab features a winch and the desirable 3.73 axle ratio, available on the Rubi, so buyers will be free to toss their own lift in without paying top dollar for the top Wrangler.
I hate the fact that this car is inspired by a video game. There could be nothing less “Jeep” about it, but the packaging here is amazing. A host of MOPAR accessories, power dome hood, 2-inch lift, 32-inch off-road tires and a Warn winch can make up for a lot of things in this world.
11 inches of ground clearance and red tow hooks kind of tell the story. The Trailhawk is the Grand Cherokee for the farthest reaches of the wilderness. With the Selec-Terrain traction system and rock sliders, there are few places the Trailhawk can’t go. Oh yeah- red tow hooks.
On the opposite end of the JGC spectrum is the SRT8. This edition takes advantage of Fiat’s ownership of both Ferrari and Jeep, and covers the SRT8 in Rosso Corsa paint and black racing stripe. The interior is fitted with a unique red leather scheme. Two were built for Ferrari’s racing drivers in the 2012 season: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. If they are good enough for F1 drivers, they are good enough for you and me.
Is it possible for a Wrangler to be a Halo Car? Sure there’s the SRT Viper, but the Wrangler can go places that a V10 supercar dare not venture. The power dome hood, bold graphics and removable bumper segments (allowing for improved approach angle) are all features that are likely to show up on the next generation Rubicon. This is THE jeep to have.