Jeep Announces Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition

By John Beltz Snyder

November 19, 2013

Jeep is honoring its heritage with an edition of the Wrangler called the Willys Wheeler Edition. The unique Jeep pays homage to the original civilian Jeep, the Willys-Overland CJ-2A.
Based on the Wrangler Sport, the Willys Wheeler Edition features additional off-road components to make it more capable when tackling the trail. It has a Dana 44 rear axle geared to 3.73 with Trak-Lok limited-slip differential. For that tough terrain, it rides on BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain tires wrapped aroung high-gloss black 17-inch aluminum wheels. It is also kitted with rock rails, D-ring, and tow strap.
The Willys Wheeler uses Jeep’s Command-Trac part-time 4x4 system, with a two-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. With the capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 providing 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, this special-edition wrangler should make a formidable rock crawler.
It has some modern technology that definitely wasn’t available as World War II drew to a close in Europe and the CJ-2a became available to American civilians. The Willys Wheeler Wrangler features Connectivity Group with SiriusXM satellite radio. Models based on the Wrangler Sport S come standard with the Power Convenience Group and Premium Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
Visual upgrades on the Willys Wheeler Edition set it apart from the rest of the lineup. Its gloss black grille features a black Jeep badge, and “Willys” decals adorn the hood. The tailgate sports a historic satin black “4 Wheel Drive” decal. It comes with a Sunrider soft top, but the Premium Sunrider soft top and black-splatter Freedom Top are options.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler edition will start at $25,795 for the two-door model, or $29,595 four the four-door Unlimited version.
Have a closer look in the attached photo gallery, or scroll down for more information in the press release, below.
New 2014 Jeep® Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition: A Classic Throwback With Modern Capability
  • A Jeep® purist’s dream: Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition a salute to the earliest civilian Jeep vehicles
  • Based on Wrangler Sport model, with array of additional off-road hardware for increased capability
  • New Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition available in Jeep showrooms early next year at a U.S. MSRP of $25,795
November 18, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The roots of America’s love affair with Jeep® can be traced to World War II, as the one-of-a-kind vehicle dutifully served the U.S. military with its durability and ruggedness. The affinity for Jeep gained traction as the first civilian Jeep (“CJ”) vehicles – the Willys-Overland CJ-2A – reached the public in 1945. The CJ-2A, and successor CJ-3A, was immortalized for its go-anywhere capability and strictly functional amenities.
Beginning early next year, when the new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition arrives in Jeep showrooms, customers can connect with the original Jeep vehicle’s rugged and purely functional capability. The latest Wrangler special edition makes its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
“The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is a Jeep purist’s dream, delivering a Jeep vehicle that harkens back to the original, classic CJs of the 1940s,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This new Jeep vehicle delivers pure functionality and rugged capability in a unique package that recognizes the origins of the brand.”
Based on the Wrangler Sport model, the Willys Wheeler Edition features upgraded hardware, including a Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok® limited-slip rear differential and 3.73 gears, BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain LT255/75R17 tires, rock rails and a new Jeep Trail Rated Kit that includes a D-Ring, tow strap and gloves in a Jeep-branded bag.  This works with the Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio to give the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition its improved off-road chops.
Special exterior design cues include a gloss black grille with black Jeep badge, gloss black front and rear bumper appliques, historic satin black “4 Wheel Drive” rear tailgate decal and “Willys” hood decals and unique high-gloss black 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Willys Wheeler Edition comes standard with a Sunrider soft top and deep-tint sunscreen rear windows. A premium Sunrider soft top and black-splatter Freedom Top are available.
Willys Wheeler Editions feature the Connectivity Group with SiriusXM satellite radio, and Sport S-based models have the Power Convenience Group and Premium Tire Pressure Monitoring System as standard. Jeep Wrangler’s iconic half doors are an option.
The 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition features the award winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 ft.-lbs. or torque. It is available with a standard six-speed manual or an available five-speed automatic transmission, and delivers up to 21 miles per gallon on the highway.
Available in any Jeep Wrangler color, the Willys Wheeler Edition has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail price (MSRP) of $25,795 for two-door models and $29,595 for Unlimited (four-door) models. The 2014 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are built at the Toledo Supplier Park in Toledo, Ohio.
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Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with 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 with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC products are available in more than 150 countries around the world.