4 x 4 Australia - - The Score -

AS WE await the ar­rival of the new JL Wran­gler later this year, Jeep Aus­tralia is run­ning out the old JK with a pair lim­ited edi­tion vari­ants. The Golden Ea­gle and Free­dom are both avail­able in two- and four-door bod­ies, run the 209kw/347nm 3.6-litre Pen­tas­tar V6 petrol en­gine and Com­mand­trac 4x4 sys­tem. The Golden Ea­gle can be had with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or five-speed auto, but the Free­dom is auto only.

A homage to a spe­cial edi­tion vari­ant of the Jeep CJ of the 1980s, the Golden Ea­gle sports Golden Ea­gle de­cals on the bon­net, bronze-painted 18-inch wheels, and bronze-ac­cented head­light rings, grille throats and “Jeep” badg­ing. It also gets body-coloured fender flares, rock rails, and Mopar all-weather slush mats.

In­spired by its Willys Jeep mil­i­tary her­itage, the Free­dom sports “Os­car Mike” lo­gos, which rep­re­sents the mil­i­tary pho­netic al­pha­bet for “O-M”, a phrase in­ter­preted as “On the Move”. Other de­sign touches in­clude “Free­dom Star” de­cals, black grille throats and head­light rings, gran­ite crys­tal-painted 18-inch wheels and grille, body-coloured fender flares, rock rails, and a pre­mium black Sun­rider soft top.

Only 120 Golden Ea­gles and 150 Free­doms will be avail­able in Aus­tralia, with prices start­ing at $42,990 and $43,990 re­spec­tively.

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