War and peace machine
A retro Jeep for crossing the Rubicon — and the Rhine
BREAK out the khakis and mount up in Jeep’s latest weapon.
The Wrangler Freedom is an off-road beast kitted out with bling referencing its origins as a World War II military vehicle.
Exterior styling runs from weathered “Freedom Star” decals on the bonnet and flank that symbolises the look of vehicles assigned to the US armed forces’ tactical units, to a grey-painted grille and Mopar black fuel cap.
More practically, the Freedom runs rock rails and body-coloured flared guards.
A Freedom star logo is embroidered on the front seats and the upholstery is trimmed with silver stitching.
There’s also a set of Mopar black such floor mats and silver finishes to the air vent rings and door handles.
Power comes from the proven 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar petrol engine matched to a sixspeed manual. It produces 209kW and 347Nm
The five-speed auto adds $2000 to both the two- and four-door variants.
Beyond the bling, the Wrangler is one of the most competent off-roaders this side of a military machine.
The Command-Trac fourwheel-drive system can transfer power to any wheel with purchase and with 223mm of ground clearance, only hard- core specialists will need to pump their Wrangler up. The Freedom is suspended on fivelink solid axles front and rear and has a 35-degree approach and 28-degree departure angle.
Prices start at $35,000 for the two-door manual and top out at $41,000 for the four-door auto.
Stock should be in dealerships early next month.
Wrangler sales are solid with 2895 vehicles sold last year and Fiat-Chrysler CEO Veronica Johns expects the Freedom version to maintain that momentum.
“Australian buyers proved last year they love Jeep Wrangler and we are pleased to offer them a new special edition model that provides a strong visual connection with Jeep’s rich heritage,” she says.