The Willys Wheeler Edition Wrangler from Jeep is sure to please Jeep enthusiasts everywhere. It does a wonderful job paying homage to the Willys of old.
Willys was the first company to produce a civilian model of the Military Jeep after WW2 in 1945. Since then, the iconic flat fender styling of the first Willys has been synonymous with Jeep Wrangler. This is why Jeep enthusiast everywhere are so excited about the release of the Willys style Jeep Wrangler in 2014. Dubbed the Willys Wheeler, this Jeep will be available in both 2 door and 4 door versions, and will have options sure to make purists grin.
Willys was a stripped down, bare bones Jeep with only the necessities. The new Willys isn’t quite as rustic, but definitely has less frills than a fully loaded JK. It has cloth seats, not leather, and forgoes the touch screen navigation for the standard Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth and an Electronic Vehicle Information Center. They did however add some function in the form of slush mats for good measure.
To pay proper homage to the ruggedness and off-roadability of the name, the 2014 model will sport the Command-Trac 4×4 system, a Dana 44 rear axle stuffed with 3.73 gears and Trac-Lok rear differential, Rubicon rock rails and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain TA tires. The Willys is set apart from other editions by exterior styling cues such as the gloss black grill, black 17″ wheels and half doors. The weathered looking Willys stickers on the hood is a great touch and another throw back to the history of Jeep.
With all of the special edition Wranglers coming out recently some of you my confuse the Freedom Edition and the Polar Edition, but you won’t have any problems identifying the Willys Wheeler when you see one on the street.
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