To pave the way for its all-new JL-series Jeep Wrangler, Fiat-Chrysler’s local office has announced two final special editions to help see the JK Wrangler out the door. And when it comes to pumping up the most iconic model offered by one of the most quintessentially American automotive brands, what could be more fist-pumpingly American than Eagles and Freedom?
The Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle and Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition are specced-up specials that both slot in between the Wrangler Sport and Wrangler Overland grades. Besides trading heavily on American stereotypes, both come fitted with a range of value-adding enhancements to sweeten the pot for 4x4 shoppers.
You’ll be able to pick the Golden Eagle apart from garden-variety Wranglers by its enormous bird-shaped bonnet decal. Caw! Based on the entry-grade Wrangler Sport, the Golden Eagle also adds a body colour three-piece hard top or ‘Premium Tan” soft top, a blacked-out seven-slot grille, bronze paint on its 18-inch alloys, grille slats and headlamp rings, rock rails, body-coloured fenders and tinted rear glass.
On the inside, Golden Eagles feature a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen audio headunit, Alpine speakers, bronze accent stitching on door cards and centre console, cloth seats with Golden Eagle embroidery, and contrast-painting grab handles, steering wheel bezels and air vents. The Wrangler Golden Eagle can be had in either two-door or four-door form, and with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic.
It’s strictly a petrol-only model, however, and is powered by Jeep’s 209kW/347Nm Pentastar 3.6-litre V6. Only 120 Golden Eagles will be brought into the country.
The Wrangler Freedom Edition is a homage to Jeep’s genesis in world war 2, with “Freedom Star” decals on the bonnet and rear quarters emulating the look of the US Army’s WW2-vintage ground transports. Meanwhile an “Oscar Mike” graphic references military phonetic shorthand for the phrase “on the move”.
Also based on the Wrangler Sport, the Freedom Edition has 18-inch alloys and seven-slot grille painted in satin black, with body coloured fenders, rock rails, a black soft top, leather-accented upholstery, grey painted interior accents, all-weather slush mats and satin chrome trim on the steering wheel.
Only 150 will be available in Australia, and while the Freedom Edition can be had in either two-door or four-door flavour, it’s only available with the 3.6-litre petrol V6 and a five-speed automatic.
- Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle two-door 3.6L manual - $42,990
- Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle two-door 3.6L auto - $44,990
- Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle four-door 3.6L manual - $47,490
- Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle four-door 3.6L auto - $49,490
- Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition two-door 3.6L auto – $43,990
- Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition four-door 3.6L auto - $48,290